One year ago today, our “You Are Welcome Here” Safe Spaces Alliance initiative was approved unanimously by the Long Beach City Council 🥳!
Thank you so much, Councilwoman Mary Zendejas, for bringing this to our city’s council, and thank you, Councilwoman Suzie Price, Councilwoman Cindy Allen, and Councilmember Robert Uranga, for signing on to this item. Mayor Robert Garcia, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, Councilwoman Suely Saro, and Councilwoman Stacy Mungo thank you for voting in favor of our initiative.
A special thank you to our community partners Esteven Gamez, President of the Long Beach LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce, the board members at the Long Beach LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce, Carlos Torres, Executive Director of The LGBTQ Center Long Beach, and the board members at The LGBTQ Center Long Beach for their support and solidarity.
To all of the businesses, organizations, educators, mental health and health care providers, community leaders, and allies for standing in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community, your dedication, courage, kindness, love, and care for our LGBTQ+ community are essential to our equality, and we can’t thank you enough for your public support
Michelle Windhausen, our Founder, thank you for your dedication, sponsorship, support, and guidance.
Our Web Developer and Multimedia Producer, Angela Valley, thank you for your dedication, support, hard work, and talent.
Visit Gay Long Beach is honored to do the work of curating safe spaces for our community and visitors. Thank you for believing in us, supporting us, donating to us, and sharing your stories with us. It has been an incredible year of connecting one on one with our LGBTQ+ community and allies!
We look forward to continuing the work of bringing visibility, inclusion, equity, and equality 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈.