Groups at Identity House provide participants with a unique opportunity to share experiences and support others in the LGBTQ community in a safe and confidential environment. We offer theme-centered groups on sexual orientation, gender identity, relationships, and frequently add new group topics as interest emerges.

Groups typically meet for 8 weeks, although we periodically offer 6 and 12 week groups as well. All groups are facilitated by two Identity House members. Before the first meeting there is an orientation session which gives participants an opportunity to learn more about the group. We do not charge a fee but our suggested contribution to Identity House for each session is $25. However, no one is ever turned away for financial reasons. Meetings typically take place at various Manhattan locations in the Midtown, Union Square, Chelsea and Greenwich Village neighborhoods.

Listed below are the groups that are about to start or have already started. If the group you are interested in has already started, you may still be able to join if the group has just begun. Even if you are unable to join, either because the group is well underway or because it is filled to capacity (we usually cap groups at 12 people), you are still encouraged to contact us so that we can let you know the next time that group will be starting.

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Upcoming Groups, Winter 2020

Men's Coming Out Group (Gay, Bi, or Questioning)
Sundays, 2-4pm, starting January 12, 2020
Location: TBD in Downtown Manhattan

The Identity House Men’s Coming Out Group is a 10-week, closed support and discussion group welcoming gay and bisexual men of all walks and ages coming out at any stage, or exploring or questioning their sexual identity. It's a safe space to confidentially share experiences, fears, challenges, hopes, and discuss coming out or reflect on how sexual orientation relates to identity and different areas of life. 

Group members must commit to being present for at least 7 of the 10 meetings, to ensure a full and productive discussion for all other attendees. There are no drop-ins or new members admitted after the group meetings begin, to allow for a cohesive group where members all get to know each other.

The group will be run by two Identity House co-facilitators. Discussion is largely self-led by participants, with topics that may include: coming out to partners/family/friends/co-workers, homophobia/biphobia, social norms and masculinity, sex, dating, relationships, fluidity, labels, and/or any other topics of interest to the group. 

There is no fee. We suggest a contribution to Identity House of $25 for each meeting, which goes to fund expenses such as facility rental fees for our all-volunteer non-profit organization. But nobody is turned away for financial reasons.

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Previous Groups, 2018-2019

Bisexual and Pansexual Support Group

So you know you're probably not straight, but not sure if you're completely gay either. You've been teetering somewhere in the middle between the two worlds but not quite sure what that means for you. Or maybe you're sure you're attracted to more than one gender or all genders and want to explore what that could look like for you.

We invite you to take part in an 8-week support group for anyone who already identifies or is questioning whether they might identify as bisexual or pansexual and would like to explore feelings and thoughts related to self-identifying, relationships, mental health, family, sex, intimacy, and building communities. The group will seek to provide a forum for sharing hopes, fears, self-exploration, coming out, and living in a world where these identities are misunderstood.  Topics may include issues regarding moving between straight and queer worlds, battling stigma (from all sides), reaching self- acceptance, and finding ways to feel "seen" rather than always partially invisible. 

Gender Exploration Group

This group is a space for those who want to dive deeper into their experiences of non-normative gender in a safe and supportive environment. We aim to empower members to share experiences, provide support, and bear witness to the challenges and triumphs of navigating gender. We welcome those of transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer identities, or anyone questioning where they fall on the spectrum. Topics discussed may include dysphoria, self-expression, fluidity, relationships, and navigating a culture that enforces a strict gender binary. Together we will support each other in our journeys towards living authentically in our gender and ourselves.

Transgender/Non-Binary Support Groups

Did you recently come out as transgender or non-binary? 

Identity House is sponsoring Transgender/Non-Binary Support Groups that started in early October, 2018 – with an orientation session and then eight consecutive weekly sessions. Sessions take place on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

This group provides a chance for members to share their unique experience and contribute to shaping a rich, dynamic group experience. Our goal is to offer a space where people can share their experiences and concerns in a safe and supportive environment, fostering learning and growth with the support of others.

The group is a forum for sharing issues related to the process of "discovering" your gender identity, including transgender or non-binary identity, self-expression, self-discovery, relationships, medical transitioning, and more.

Gay Connections

This interactive, 8-week support group will provide a safe forum for gay men to deeply share and connect. Covering all areas of life, participants will self-discover what truly makes them happy, what’s been holding them back and how to move forward with boldness. Learning from each other experiences, gain the confidence and conviction to take control of the gay life you deserve. Make friends, make relationships, show your pride and connect with other gay men in a very powerful way.

Topics include coming out/being out, out at work, family of origin, family of choice, friendships, community, sex, dating, romance and intimacy.

Men's and Women's Coming Out Groups

The Identity House Coming Out Groups are 8 week, closed support and discussion groups welcoming individuals of all walks and ages coming out at any stage, or, exploring or questioning their sexual identity.  It's a safe space to share experiences, fears, challenges, hopes and how coming out, or reflection on sexual identity, relates to identity and different areas of life.  It's also a safe space to build community and make new friendships. 

Each group will be run by 2 Identity House co-facilitators.  Discussion will be largely self-led by participants, with topics that may include family, homophobia, social norms, relationships and dating, sexual fluidity, isolation, coming out at work/to family & friends, labelling, and/or any other topics of interest to the group. 

 

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