Community Development

LGBTQ+ Cultural District Community Visioning Process Banner
In June 2022, the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved a recommendation brought forth by then-Mayor and current Congressman Robert Garcia and cosponsored by Vice Mayor Cindy Allen, for City staff to work with community stakeholders to create a visioning process and feasibility plan for the LGBTQ+ Cultural District.

By designating the area as a cultural district, the City hopes to work with the community to educate visitors about the cultural and historical significance of the LGBTQ+ community in the neighborhood, support the LGBTQ+ businesses and institutions in the district, and invest in public improvements to ensure the LGBTQ+ community continues to thrive.

Since the inception of this project, City staff has convened with stakeholders and the public to solicit feedback and develop concepts to help guide a vision for the establishment of LGBTQ+ Cultural District along the Broadway corridor. This area of the city is home to many of Long Beach’s gay bars and LGBTQ+ businesses, as well as being a longstanding, important place for the LGBTQ+ community to gather and organize.

This map shows the original project boundaries located along East Broadway Avenue, between Alamitos and Junipero avenues, outlined with the dark blue boarder. Based on community feedback, it was uplifted that the District should be extended to Temple Avenue (shown with the blue dotted lines) to include other businesses along the corridor that are important to the LGBTQ+ community.

Project Updates

Staff received community feedback and have developed concepts for a vision and feasibility plan for the project. We are currently working on recommendations and updates to the preliminary report which are due to go to City Council in May/June 2024.

Below is a recap of Community Engagement to date for this project:

  • Visioning survey #1
  • Visioning prioritization survey #2
  • Community meetings
  • Pop-Up at Pride 2023
  • Workshop with businesses along the corridor
  • Advisory Committee meetings

Summary timeline of events:



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Draft Plan

In June 2023, the City released the Preliminary LGBTQ+ Cultural District Report for public review. The draft report details the community history and outlines the next steps for the initiative, including suggestions received for neighborhood- and business-led activation opportunities.

While the draft comment period for the report closed on Sunday, August 25, we encourage the public to continue to share this report so we can further expand on the history of the LGBTQ+ community in Long Beach. If you have additional information that is important to highlight, please email lgbtqvisioning@longbeach.gov.

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Contact

For additional information or questions, please email LGBTQVisioning@longbeach.gov.