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 coming out, relationships, gender identity and frequently add new group topics as interest emerges.
Groups typically meet on a weeknight 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.
Forming now. Start date: March 31, 2017
This interactive 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.
The group will meet for 8 Fridays from 6:30-8:30, beginning April 7th, in the Union Square area. There will be an orientation on March 31st, before the group begins. Please register early and confirm your availability for the duration of the group.
Women's Coming-out Group
Forming now. Start date: January 19, 2017
This interactive, supportive weekly women's coming out group will start on January 19th. Coming out is extremely personal, and each person’s journey is unique. The group is intended to be a safe space for members to share their experiences, challenges, fears and aspirations with other women of all ages who may be at varying stages in their coming out journey. This group will explore what coming out means to you and how to navigate the coming out process at your own pace. The group may discuss family, homophobia, social norms, relationships and dating, sexual fluidity, isolation, coming out at work, labeling, and/or any other relevant topics of interest to the group.
The group will meet for 8 Thursdays from 6:30-8:30, beginning January 26, at a location to be determined. There will be an orientation on January 19, before the group officially begins. Please register early and confirm your availability for the duration of the group.
Transgender Support Group -- Early Stages of Coming Out and/or Transitioning
Forming now. Start date: February 11, 2017
Did you recently come out as transgender? We invite you to take part in a group that will seek to provide a forum for sharing issues related to transitioning, including: transgender identity, self-expression, self-discovery, relationships, medical transitioning, and more -- a chance for you to share your unique experience and contribute to shaping a rich group dynamic. Our goal is to offer a space where people who are in the early stages of coming out and/or transitioning can share their experiences and concerns in a safe, supportive environment while learning and growing in the process.
The group will meet for 8 Saturdays from 3:00-5:00, beginning February 11th, at a location to be determined. There will be an orientation on February 4th, before the group begins. Please register early and confirm your availability for the duration of the group.
Dating, Family, and Career: Coming Out and Being Out
The group will meet for 8 Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00, beginning February 22, at Balance Arts Center, 34 West 28th Street in Manhattan. Please register early and confirm your availability for the duration of the group.
Un grupo de apoyo y reflexión en español para hombres que tienen relaciones entre hombres. No necesitas identificarte como gay para unirte. Los encuentros son facilitados por dos miembros y nuestra filosofía es que todos somos pares viviendo experiencias similares. A lo largo de 8 sesiones, hablaremos de temas como identidad, “coming out,” familia, amigos, dating, religión, y las marcas psicológicas y emocionales que llevamos con nosotros. Todas las conversaciones son enteramente confidenciales.
Los grupos se reunirán todos los martes entre 18 Abril y 6 de Junio a las 6:30-8:30 pm. Lugar: a determinar. Si estás interesade en unirte, por favor llena esta familiario: https://goo.gl/forms/RxP4Ga585Vd1uCzE3.
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