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.
Coming Out! Living Your True Identity as a Gay Man
Forming now for September 22, 2016 start
This interactive group provides a safe space for gay men who are thinking of coming out, have recently come out, or have been out and are facing acceptance issues. Our focus will be on serious issues related to living as an “out” gay man and how that may affect various areas of your life. With an emphasis on acquiring better communication skills and learning conflict resolution, the group will focus on a number of key issues that serve as barriers to self-acceptance, enabling you to pursue building and sustaining relationships in a number of different areas of your life.
The group will run for the duration of 8 weeks, on Thursdays from 6:00-8:00. There will be an orientation the first Friday before the group begins. Space is limited, so please register early and confirm your availability for the duration of the group.
Lesbian Coming Out Group
Forming now for August 2016
This interactive, supportive women's coming out group will be meeting for 8 sessions (the exact date in August will be announced soon). 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 run for the duration of 12 weeks, the exact date (in August) will be announced soon.
Location and the exact time will be provided.
Transgender Support Group
Forming now for Fall 2016
Do you identify as transgender? We invite you to take part in a group that will seek to provide a forum for sharing issues related to gender identity, self-expression, and self-discovery -- a chance for you to share your unique experience and contribute to shaping a rich, dynamic group experience. Our goal is to offer a space where people who are grappling with gender issues, wherever they may be along the spectrum, can share their experiences and concerns in a safe and supportive environment, hopefully learning and growing in the process.
The group will run for the duration of 8 weeks; the exact date (in September) will be announced soon.
Location and exact time will be provided.
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