The City of Long Beach, along with other levels of government and many non-profit programs covering Long Beach, offers specific benefits and services for its estimated 80,000 LGBTQ residents. Vice Mayor Lowenthal has been a tireless advocate for the LGBTQ community, having authored or co-authored most of existing city legislation in support of the community. For more information, contact District 2 at (562) 570-6684 or by email.
Long Beach Health and Human Services Department The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has been improving the health of the Long Beach community for over a century. Long Beach is one of only three city-run health departments in California, allowing for better engagement with its people, neighborhoods, businesses and community partners, and a greater understanding of the city's strengths and needs. The Health Department offers services and resource for the entire community, including HIV early intervention, testing, counseling, education and comprehensive planning. Learn more
The city's Human Dignity Program was established to combat discrimination and improve education and cooperation among residents. To join the program, to learn more, or to report a hate crime or other discrimination, please call (562) 570-6948.
Non-Profit LGBTQ Services & Organizations
Long Beach Pride has been organizing the Pride festival each year since its inception in 1983. Long Beach Pride commits itself to instilling pride in the gay community by creating programs, events and charitable works designed to benefit the LGBT community and educate all community members.
The Center Long Beach, located at 2017 E. 4th Street, is a hub of LGBTQ resources and services for Long Beach. The Center offers informational programming, group therapy, youth programs, job & apartment listings and more.
St. Mary Medical Center's C.A.R.E Program provides an array of programs and services for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, from Medical and Dental Services to Case Management. Their mission is to make high quality health and social services available to HIV/AIDS infected and affected individuals and families in a manner that is professional,compassionate, and recognizes the dignity and autonomy of each individual.
Marriage Equality And Domestic PartnershipsVice Mayor Suja Lowenthal introduced the original City Council resolution on marriage equality urging state and federal legislators to enact laws that recognize and protect marriage equality. Until that time when same-sex couples are treated with the same dignity, respect and equality as their peers, there are still resources and rights available through domestic partnerships. Though domestic partnerships do not provide over 1,000 federal rights established through marriage, domestic partnerships do provide legal rights that, among other things, allow you to visit your partner in times of medical emergency or to pass your entire financial holdings and your children to your partner should you pass away unexpectedly.
If you would like to learn more about domestic partnerships, or to legally register for a domestic partnership under California state law, visit the Secretary of State's Domestic Partners Online Registry for more information and registration forms.
Equality California created a useful guide to California Domestic Partnership Law that clearly explains benefits and rights available to Domestic Partners under California state law, the registration process, and more.