Youth & Young Adult Events

Throughout the year, the LGBTQ Center OC’s Youth Program hosts a variety of different youth activities, field trips, and community events, such as: the LGBTQQ Youth Convening; “Color Me Equal” Youth Leadership Camp; Queer Prom; Lavender Graduation; Creating Change conference; Models of Pride conference; Noche de Altares; Orange County and Long Beach Pride; Orange County Trans Pride; “Dragdrogynous” Drag Show fundraiser; and more!

Queers, Dears, & Peers: SUMMER EDITION

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach and LGBTQ Center OC invite you to attend our speed-dating and friend-making event, Queers Dears and Peers!

We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) folks and allies ages 18-29 to join us for a social, entertaining night to meet new friends, community members, and cuties.

Activities include: One-on-one and group-mixing break out rooms; introductions; getting familiar with the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach and LGBTQ Center OC; sharing social media; and more!

Date: Saturday, July 10th at 5:30-9:00 pm (On Zoom)

Questions? Please contact the event organizers:

Antonio “Nio” Lavermon (he/him), Transitional Age Youth Coordinator:

alavermon@centerlb.org

James Bacon (any pronouns), Young Adult Program Volunteer:

james.bacon@lgbtqcenteroc.org

Miguel Zamudio (he/him), Young Adult Program Volunteer:

miguel.zamudio@lgbtqcenteroc.org

2021 Virtual Lavender Graduation

The LGBTQ Center OC is excited to announce its 2021 Virtual Lavender Graduation ceremony to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer (LGBTQ) students and allies who are graduating from middle school, high school, or college. We are proud to announce Cox Communications as the key sponsor for this year’s event!

In the LGBTQ Center OC’s 5th year of hosting this event, Lavender Graduation is an annual event that acknowledges LGBTQ students and their academic achievements, accomplishments, and contributions at the LGBTQ Center OC, in their Gender and Sexualities Alliances and schools, and in the greater community. We welcome youth, students, parents, families, teachers, and community members to participate as audience members. Graduating students will be awarded with a certificate of recognition and lavender stole, which will be delivered by request or through pick up at the LGBTQ Center OC once the event has concluded.

This event will take place on Saturday, June 12th from 1:00-2:30 pm through Zoom.

Audience members and student grads who are interested in participating in this event must register for the event using this form in order to receive the Zoom link and information.

Please share with your friends and contacts: bit.ly/LAVENDER21

Questions? Please contact: stephanie.vandyke@lgbtqcenteroc.org

LGBTQ Youth Convening 2021

Dates: May 15, 22, and 29 from 11A – 1P PST

To Register: bit.ly/convening21

The LGBTQ Center OC is excited to announce its upcoming 2021 Virtual LGBTQ Youth Convening, a free multi-day online conference that is organized and led by youth leaders from Youth Empowered to Act, a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) student leaders and their allies devoted to gender, racial, reproductive, and restorative justice issues in Orange County.

This year’s theme is Intersect and Connect.

The 2021Virtual LGBTQ Youth Convening will take place over three consecutive Saturdays in May. Each conference session will have a dedicated theme of the day, focused on mental health and support; education; and advocacy and empowerment.

This event is open to all ages and backgrounds, such as but not limited to: youth, students, parents, guardians, families, school staff and administrators, counselors, professionals, and community members and organizers.

We invite the entire community—whether at the local, state-wide, and national level—to experience three webinars complete with influential speakers, workshop presenters, and organizations working to provide affirming practices to create inclusive and intersectional spaces for LGBTQ youth in Orange County and beyond.

We are excited to share that we will have special guest performances from local drag artists at the end of each webinar, as well as opportunity drawings for gift cards!