Theme-centered Support Groups
Let’s work through it together
Identity House peer support groups are typically an 8 week closed gathering of individuals who come together, overseen by two facilitators, to talk with one another about their experiences, struggles and challenges. A peer support group is a freeing experience, as these individuals realize “I am not alone,” and hope and trust grow between them.
Current & Upcoming Groups
Coming Out: Exploring Men’s Sexuality
Starting November 6, 2020
A support group led by peer counselors for men who are seeking to discuss their sexual orientation within the LGBTQ+ spectrum in a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential environment. Topics of discussion will include: coming out to family, friends, or at work; coming out in the time of COVID-19; religion; dating; and finding queer community. Due to the impact of COVID-19, this support group will be taking place on Zoom.
Orientation for the group will be held on October 16, and the group will start on November 6. The group will be on Friday evenings, 6:30-8:30.Request to Join
Past Group Topics
- Lesbians’ Coming Out
- Gay Men’s Coming Out
- Gender Exploration
- Bisexual & Pansexual
- GBTQ Men of Color
Interested in one of these topics, or have a suggestion for another group?
Support Groups FAQ
How do support groups work?
Group members are able to talk with other people who are like themselves — people who truly understand what they’re going through and can share the type of practical insights that can only come from firsthand experience.
When and where are the groups?
Check this page for an up-to-date list of current and upcoming groups. The date and time for the group will be set in advance, and the location will be shared with the members once they have joined.
How do I sign up for a group?
Select the group you’re interested and fill out the Request to Join form. If there is space available, the group facilitator will invite you to a screening. Groups that are currently ongoing may be closed and no longer accepting new members. In that case, you can sign up to be notified of future groups.
Can I miss a group?
Please sign up for a group when you know you can commit to the time. We believe being present for the full 8 weeks provides the richest experience for the individual and the group as a whole. We know life happens, so if you need to miss a group please let the facilitators know. Multiple absences may lead to individuals being asked to leave the group.
What does a group look like?
Each group is run by two Identity House facilitators. Session are usually two hours long. Most groups have between 8 and 12 people but that can vary. The groups are focused on topics, which are explored during each meeting. Past groups have included Coming Out, Transgender Support, Gender Exploration, Black and Latino Gay Men, Bisexual and Pansexual Support, among others.
How much do groups cost?
Identity House is completely donation based. We suggest $25 per session, but no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Some individuals choose to pay for the full eight weeks up front, others pay each week.
Can I join a group after it’s started?
Most of our groups are closed, meaning once it has started, no new members are added. Any groups that do accept new members after they begin will be labeled “drop-in.” If you cannot make the first session, please let the facilitators know.
Can I bring a friend?
No. In order to build trust and maintain confidentiality sessions are limited to group members only.