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

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 21-39. 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 firs Tuesday of each month (except for holidays) at 7:30 PM (introductions at 7:45PM). We ask for a $3 donation to the Pride Center. contact:smebeno@yahoo.com for more information

G-Rope: G-Rope a safe and fun space for men to learn about and share/explore Rope Bondage. Join our presenter "BoundToFly" for a fun afternoon pot-luck (snacks/appies/soft drinks) and meet other newbies or enthusiasts as we explore the fascinating world of bondage. Whether you are an old-hand at BDSM or new or just curious about kink, all are welcome! Participants are requested to RSVP on fetlife.com (which has more information contained in the G-Rope group) or by e-mail to grope2015@yahoo.com. You must be male-identified, 18+ and present a legal-id. G-Rope is a "safe-space": everyone must agree to protect each other's anonymity. Couples are encouraged, though *everyone* will participate. Rope works best on bare skin. Close fitting clothes or briefs encouraged, and please freshly showered and no cologne (we are going to get up close and personal)

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 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.

LGBTQ for Social Justice: LGBTQ for Social Justice is a monthly group with the aim of coming together to organize around social and political issues that are important to us -- to help create social justice events that are central to the group, and to discuss issues of social inequality within and without the LGBTQ community. Date: Every third Tuesday of each month Time: starts at 7:30 p.m. Place: Pride Center of NJ - 85 Raritan Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904 Contact: Victoria at 609-213-6385 or VictoriaLMaione@gmail.com or Pandora at PandoraScooter@pandorascooter.com

NJ Hypnokink: NJ Hypnokink's goal is to educate people in the basics of using techniques of hypnosis to enhance various types of kink in a way that emphasizes pre-negotiation and consent. We want to provide a safe space in which people can learn, practice, and socialize with others who share an interest in hypnokink. We will meet on the third Saturday of each month from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For further info, contact Moon: sprunyi@gmail.com

NJ Rope Bite: An LGBT/Straight inclusive, post-work pot-luck munch and rope lab. A place to hang out, learn about rope, or share something you'd like to share. A place to try some things out and get feedback from your peers. A bit more advanced than other local events, it will be facilitated by two local NY/NJ presenters, Ian_Michaels and out Gay man, BoundToFly. Come early, bring your dinner and maybe a little something extra to share and nosh with others, while we socialize, network and tie.

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

TrueSelves: 1st Monday, 7:30 - 9:30 PM and 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, nicoleb@pridecenter.org. 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, demisexual, pansexual, asexual or questioning are all welcome. Ages 18 and over. Meets on the first and third Thursday of every month, 7:30PM to 9:00PM More information at pandora@pandorascooter.com.

Women’s Art & Music Performance Series: Women's Art & Music Performance Series: WAMP showcases LBTQ women artists, musicians and stand up comics who perform locally and regionally. One of the only all-women attended events in New Jersey. Refreshments provided. Schedule and info on Artists at http://www.pandorascooter.com/wamp/. More information at pandora@pandorascooter.com or 732-718-0134.

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: 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 The Pride Center of NJ. Light nosh and low octane beverages served. Admission: $10 donation/ $3-5 for students. Info: outoftheboxopenmic@gmail.com or 732-718-0134.