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.
Lesbian Coming Out Group
*Forming now for January 2015.
Whether you're figuring out how you identify or are exploring different ways to share your orientation with the people in your life, this group will be helpful. Everyone is encouraged to share their situation and discuss whether they feel safe to come out. We'll look at the costs and benefits of staying in your current situation; from the toll it takes on your life currently to how good it might feel to be more open and free. Some of you may choose to use this group as a springboard to come out to someone important in your life, knowing we will be there to support you whatever the outcome is. Everyone is encourage to move at their own pace.
Jan 7th - Feb 25th, 2015 (8 Weeks)
Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:00pm (Location to be provided)
Note: A $25 suggested donation is requested per session > Please bring $200 check (or cash) to orientation made out to Identity House for the full 8 weeks. (See facilitator if you are unable to pay full amount -- no one will be turned away.)
Gay/Bi Men's Coming Out Group
This interactive, supportive men's coming out group will be meeting for 8 Fridays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, starting late January/early February, in the Union Square area.
Share your life experiences, challenges and aspirations in a safe environment with other men of all ages who are at different stages in their coming out journey.
Bisexual Support Group
With the New Year, Identity House is forming a new group specific to the bisexual community. This is a new group focused on learning from one another and providing peer feedback on relevant topics that matter to you. We invite individuals of all genders to share their experiences and talk about bisexual life. With your participation, we can help build a foundational block on which the bisexual community can stand!
The group is an 8 week commitment and will run in February 2015 on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30. There will be an orientation session to give all participants an opportunity to learn more about the group.
There's a suggested contribution to Identity House of $25 per session, however no one is turned away for financial reasons.
The exact date and location for this group TBA.
Future Women's and Men's Coming out Groups
Gender Exploration Group
Do you identify as transgender, gender-non-conforming or are you still exploring your relationship to your gender identity? Wherever you are along the trans* or gender continuum, we invite you to participate in a group that will navigate the concepts of gender identity and expression as it relates to positive self-esteem, relationships and other critical topics that our members bring in from week-to-week. Support, community, learning, sharing - join us in a safer and open environment.
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