Groups

The Pride Center of New Jersey offers a number of social and support groups.

There is a suggested $3 per-person donation for most meetings.  Our groups are open to adults 18 and over, unless otherwise noted.  Please confirm group meeting dates and times on our calendar.

Booked For Supper: A monthly supper time book club at the Pride Center to read and discuss thought-provoking fiction. You may want to pick up a bite to bring with you; listed below are options immediately adjacent to the Pride Center for delicious take out. Contact Walter at whotkowski@aol.com to express interest and let us know you’ll be joining us. Pride Center of New Jersey, 85 Raritan Avenue, Suite 100, Highland Park, New Jersey. Chinese take-out next door, Deli across the street, Aposto’s Pizza across the street, Dunkin’ Donuts and Papa John’s down the block. $3.00 donation to PCNJ requested for this event

Caregiver Support Group: This group offers a safe place for LGBT families, partners and other caregivers of adults with chronic health problems to discuss the unique issues of caring for their loved ones. The facilitator, Karen Groder, is an LPN. Meets 7:30 to 9 PM, the third Tuesday evening of each month. Direct any questions to Karen at […]

Central NJ Rope Share: Central NJ Rope Share is a place and time to share knowledge about, and play with, rope.  People can learn, share, ask questions, and find someone to tie up (or, someone to tie them).  There is potential for presenters, demonstrations, discussions, or free play. We meet the first Sunday of each month from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.   […]

ComeOUT&Play: ComeOUT&Play (COP) is a social hang out group for people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and allies who are 18-39. While based at The Pride Center of New Jersey in Highland Park, events are scheduled throughout the entire Garden State. COP meets regularly on the first and third Tuesdays of each month (except for holidays) at 7:30 PM (introductions at 7:45PM) and hosts AT LEAST one social outing per month. We ask for a $3 donation to the Pride Center. Social outings will consist of happy hours, dinners, sporting activities, outdoor adventures, cultural events and bar outings. COP's social calendar will include both gay and non gay related events. Attending social outings are funded by the individual. Events outside of the Pride Center are not Pride Center Events and are not covered by Pride Center Insurance. Contact standup4equality@gmail.com to learn more.

Donald’s Events: The purpose of this group is to provide a safe place to discuss different aspects of the bi experience: bisexuals in the work place, family, community. Coming out stories can be shared, etc. By 'allies' we mean friends of bi folks who show support for the group. The group will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM. On the 2nd Tuesday in Room 3, on the 4th Tuesday, Room 2. For info, contact Donald Taylor at dtmadness778@yahoo.com

Gay Dads’ Support Group: A monthly group focusing on parent/child issues for gay dads. Drop-ins are welcome. Meets first Wednesday of each month, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Email Joe (Explorejoel@yahoo.com) for more information.

Gay Men’s Guild: The mission of the Gay Men's Guild (GMG) is to foster the continuance of the Pride Center of New Jersey by making a positive difference in the lives of gay men, by providing a nurturing environment of understanding and respect for gay men of New Jersey. The Guild is dedicated and committed to developing and maintaining a gay men’s community.

Gay Men’s Living Out Group: The Men's Living Out discussion group provides a safe and supportive environment where gay men meet for brotherhood and support. Meets every Wednesday from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM.

Gay Men’s Movie Night: Men’s Movie Night meets once a month at The Pride Center. Suggested donation is $5. Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 7:00 movie starts at 7:30 Questions? email Gary @ Njwarrior@aol.com

Gay Men’s Social Night: Social, educational, rap, potlucks, for everyone. Meets second & fourth Tuesdays @ 8:00 p.m. Email njrj@aol.com for info.

Gay Men’s Coming Out Group: A moderated discussion group for issues related to coming out as gay men. Men vote on the topic of the day. Meets every Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Send e-mail to njwarrior@aol.com for more info.

Jersey Kollege of Kink: Jersey Kollege of Kink is an ongoing educational project of the NJ Leather Family as a service to the Leather/GLBT community, presided over by Headmistress Goddess Morgaine. Whether to satisfy your curiosity, learn some new skills or just for the experience come and check it out. All sessions open to all genders, age 18 and over. 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:30-9 PM. For further info, contact either dragonslairprod@aol.com or msnjleather2010@yahoo.com

Karaoke Party: All are welcome to come and sing your favorite songs on the new, digital karaoke system. We have a vast collection of tunes, and you can bring and sing your own. $5.00 donation requested. Meets first Friday of every month, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM.

LGBT Activist Forum: The purpose of this forum will be to discuss, educate and inform ourselves respecting issues that affect the happiness, safety and civil rights of LGBT people in our immediate world and the world at large. The group will plan periodic educational events for the Center community through guest speakers, panel presentations and films. Contact with ideas and for info: David Rogoff, pcnjrogoff@aol.com

Living Soulfully: Living Soulfully is a community of men who love men to nurture individual and collective, conscious spiritual growth. You are invited to share an evening of connection! We nourish the mind, body and heart with opportunities to meet people, heart-felt sharing and fun in a safe, supportive environment. Originally founded in Boston as a satellite community of Easton Mountain, a gay men's retreat center in upstate New York, Living Soulfully is a non-profit grassroots organization of men loving men in community. We currently have centers in Boston, MA, Hartford, CT, New York City, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Tampa, FL, Wilmington, DE, Fort Lauderdale, FL and are now forming a group here in Central Jersey. For info, contact: Elias Scultori, ACC, MSM elias@eliasscultori.com 732.419.2566

New Jersey Furs: A social group that meets in a safe space to discuss ideas. A public community, anyone is welcome to inquire or join. Most members are gay or bisexual. Meets second and fourth Saturdays at 2pm.

Raices Latinas: Spanish speaking Social/Support Group meets on the first and third Mondays of every Month from 7:30pm-9:00pm. If you speak Spanish and are a member of the LGBTIQA community, feel free to stop in and meet up with other members of the community. For more information please email: david@envisionplanning.net

The Lavender Cinema Club: The Lavender Cinema Club is a Pride Center of NJ venue for presenting classic mainstream movies that display a gay subtext or sensibility. Many of these movies, especially those prior to the liberating social forces of the late sixties, are ambiguous or veiled in their gay references. As we travel through the last 80 years of movie making, we expect to see period differences in tone and content which will parallel the attitudes of their times. Meets the 4th Sunday of each month, 3 - 5 PM at The Pride Center. $5.00 suggested donation for this event. For questions, contact Walter at WHotkowski@aol.com

TrueSelves: 3rd Sunday, 4 -6 PM. A facilitated support group exclusively for and about transgender-identified individuals, regardless of where on the transgender spectrum you believe you live. TrueSelves is a safe place where you can share your feelings and experiences in an open, non-judgmental and accepting atmosphere. For more information please contact Nicole Brownstein, NicoleBrownstein@gmail.com. The group is run by the members.

Under the Rainbow: Under the Rainbow gives individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 the chance to receive not only support for young members of the LGTBIQQ community, but allows for a fun and relaxed environment and a chance to socialize with your peers. Discussions will be based on the group's needs and group activities, games, and trips will be planned, so that we can all get to know each other better! The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month, from 7-9pm at the Pride Center of NJ. If you have any questions, please email Group Leader Joe at jmspulick@gmail.com or Samantha at nokestom@yahoo.com .

Wednesday Night Women’s Hang Out: Living Out Women is a social group that offers women the opportunity to engage in discussions on a variety of subjects, meet-ups, trips, and lend each other help, support, and guidance. The idea is to create a place where we can meet new friends in a relaxed environment. We are open to gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed, queer, and the questioning community. Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of Every Month Time 7:30 - 9:00 PM Location Room 4, Contact standup4equality@gmail.com to learn more.

Women Coming Out Support Group: This group provides a supportive environment for women who are at any stage of the coming out process. Women of all ages who consider themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual, or questioning are welcome. Ages 18 and over. Meets on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of every month, 7:30PM to 9:00PM.

Writers’ Group: Creative writing and discussion group. Meets every Thursday, from 7:30PM - 9:00PM. Contact daphnekanellopoulos@gmail.com .

Young Men’s Social Network: A social/ support group for men 18-40. Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 pm. We talk about sex, love, sexuality, family life, pop culture, relationships and other related topics. Afterwards we socialize at a restaurant/diner in the area. For more information e-mail shy.matsi@gmail.com . Meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30-9:00pm.

Youth Drop In: The Youth Drop-In is a program for LGBTIQQ youth and their straight allies ages 17 and under who can drop in at the Pride Center of NJ for support, fun or to talk about what's going on in their lives. We meet every 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. We offer the support group session for about an hour at 2:00pm for those that want or need it. Activities include discussions, watching movies, guest speakers, and fun games to meet and make new friends! For more information, please contact our adult administrator Ellen via email at ellengilioesq@aol.com or by phone at 973-342-1108 or contact our adult adviser Megan via email at mpicurro@gmail.com.

“Out of the Box” Open Mic Night: Out of the Box Open Mic Night is an open-mic for ALL TYPES OF PERFORMERS poets, singers, comedians, tragedians, musicians, jugglers, etc, etc, etc. hosted by Pandora Scooter and Stephen Jones. It's held on the THIRD FRIDAY of EVERY MONTH from 8:00 to about 10:30 PM at Stage Stars, 13 South Third Avenue in Highland Park, NJ. Light nosh and low octane beverages served. Admission: $5 donation/ $3 for students. Info: outoftheboxinfo@mac.com or 732-718-0134.