A blatant disregard for LGBTQ people

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach contacted the office of Councilman Daryl Supernaw multiple times, including meeting with staff, to discuss concerns raised by one of his constituents regarding a Chick-fil-A opening in his district. The councilman was made aware of Chick-fil-A’s longstanding history of hostility, ignorance and bigotry towards the LGBTQ community through these…

The importance of HPV vaccinations

Nearly 79 million Americans are infected with some type of the human papillomavirus (HPV), with 14 million new cases expected each year. HPV is a group of related viruses. Most of the time, HPV infections go away on their own, while others can cause genital warts or cancer. HPV infections can cause cancers of the…

Here’s that rainy day

This particular piece comes just before the second anniversary of my mom’s death, so if you do not like sad stories you may want to stop reading. Every day, without fail, I come into work, sign onto YouTube and play “Here’s That Rainy Day” sung by Sammy Davis Jr. Every day for nearly two years.…

How to create a trauma-informed classroom, part 2

Understanding how trauma impacts developing brains and applying that knowledge with love are key components of the trauma-informed model. Armed with this new perspective, the following tips from The Guidance Center’s It’s About T.I.M.E. (Trauma-Informed Movement in Education) program that I developed can help you integrate this approach into your classroom. 1. The foundation of…

How to create a trauma-informed classroom

Nearly 35 million U.S. children have experienced one or more types of childhood trauma, reports National Survey of Children’s Health (NHCS). Studies show trauma is toxic to children’s developing brains and inhibits their ability to learn in the classroom. However, studies also indicate that just one healthy relationship with an adult can help enable a…

How I spent my summer vacation

I faintly remember that kids were supposed to stand up and tell the rest of the class what they did over their summer. Or maybe write an essay about it? I think I was actually only asked to do this once, so perhaps it was just a suburban legend in my failing memory. But I…

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

We know the importance of “familia” in Hispanic culture, and we’re proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) by helping build a secure future for you, your family and your future family. You can learn more about how Social Security helps secure today and tomorrow for millions of families by visiting…

How Medicare covers home health services

A couple of years ago, my father, well into his 70s, finally bought himself a high-performance automobile. The kids and grandkids had all grown up, so there was no need for a larger car. And heck, he had waited a long time to drive something fun. All was fine with the new car until my…

Know the lingo of Social Security

Is Social Security a topic in your conversations these days? Are you familiar with the lingo used to describe Social Security benefits, or does it sound like a new vocabulary to you? Social Security employees strive to explain benefits using easy-to-understand, plain language. But if a technical term or acronym (an abbreviation of the first…

Life lessons and game changers abroad

If we are fortunate, we may experience during our lives a handful of significant events that profoundly change or influence us. Some call these milestones or game-changers. I am lucky to have had a few, but none so profound as when I set off to explore a foreign land completely on my own. The lessons…

Z world according to Zoe | Aug. 18

I remember the first gay person I met. I think everyone does. For me, it was my youth group leader at my church– the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach (UUCLB). She always wore a small braid in her long, blonde hair and tie-dye shirts, or so my 7-year-old memory serves me. She and her…

Discovering a buried history in an unfamiliar place

As my best friends– Cesar Beltran and Ryan Dunshee– and I entered the magical world of twentysomethings, we made it a mission to break out of our normal day-to-day routines and engage in fun activities once in a while. Our self-proclaimed goal has taken us to the scorching deserts of Las Vegas, Nevada, where we…

When in Rome… you eat lots of food and miss your flight

My month-long stay in Europe in June was not exclusive to Spain and its wonderful sangria– my adventures also included a weekend escapade to Rome, Italy. My first entry in my series of Europe commentaries a few weeks ago examined the distinct variations of the Spanish language. Although Spain had its fair share of unfamiliar…

Running head-on into bull culture

Bulls are a vital part of Spain’s culture. Bullfighting and the Running of the Bulls festivals, held periodically throughout the country, are iconic traditions that have been met with polarizing responses from Spain’s citizens. Some chalk it up to a classic custom that has been around for centuries, and it always will be. Others believe…

Using the transgender community as a distraction

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach expresses extreme alarm and opposition to President Donald Trump’s morning announcement [Wednesday] implementing a total ban on transgender people from serving in the United States military. The decision to announce this ban on Twitter, and the President’s use of the grammatically incorrect phrase “transgender in the military,” is disgusting,…