Support Groups

The Pride Center offers a variety of peer support groups where individuals discuss their experiences and challenges in a supportive environment.  The discussions provide the opportunity to share and learn from others’ experiences and help build a sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance to improve the quality of life.  These groups of ‘like-minded’ people also serve as a support ‘network of friends’ which often leads to social opportunities at the Center and beyond.   There is a suggested donation for group participation.

Please check the calendar for details and current dates and times.

Group of Female Friends

Bi the Way

Group Name: Bi the Way

Group Status / Meeting Schedule:

  • Virtual*: First Wednesday, 7:30-9:00pm EST

  • In-Person: Third Wednesday, 7:30-9:00pm EST

Group Type: Support

Group Leader: Rachel Cultice

Group Leader Email: bithewaypcnj@gmail.com

Group Description: “Bisexual+” is an umbrella term including anyone who is or thinks they might be attracted romantically and/or sexually to more than one gender (including folks who identify as bisexual, pansexual, sexually fluid, omnisexual, among others). Bi the Way provides a dedicated space for identified and questioning bisexual+ people of all genders to discuss and share the struggles and joys of non-monosexuality. For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

* For the Zoom link, please reach out to Rachel (bithewaypcnj@gmail.com  or Melissa (groups@pridecenter.org).

Non-Binary Pals

Group Name: Non-Binary Pals

Group Meeting Schedule: First Thursday, 7:30-8:30pm EST and Third Sunday, 1:00-2:00pm EST

Group Status: Virtual

Group Type: Support

Group Leaders: Pete Salomone, Ellis Laureysens, Fiona Martin-Vargo, and Madeleine St.Jacques

Group Leader Email: nbppcnj@gmail.com

Group Description: Non-Binary Pals (NBP) is a peer-based support group for non-binary, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming folks! Our focus is on creating a community for humans finding their place in the gender spectrum. For more information, check out Non-Binary Pals’ Facebook page.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Support Group

Group Name: LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Support

Group Meeting Schedule: First Tuesday, 7:00-9:00pm EST

Group Status: Virtual

Group Type: Support

Group Leader: Kari Snow

Group Leader Email: missnewjersey2020@gmail.com

Group Description: For information on the LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Support Group, please reach out to Kari Snow (missnewjersey2020@gmail.com).

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

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Men's Coming Out Group

Group Name: Men’s Coming Out

Group Meeting Schedule: Every Other Wednesday, 7:30-8:30pm EST

Group Status: Virtual

Group Type: Support

Group Leader: Vic Schimmenti

Group Leader Email: vic.schimmenti@pridecenter.org

Group Description: Men's Coming Out is a welcoming support group for gay men of all ages to discuss the challenges of coming out in a safe supportive environment. The group’s focus is to provide discussion opportunities and support for those who may have issues or challenges in coming out as a gay man, are struggling with inner conflicts or a lack of comfort with being gay, have an interest in learning from others' experiences in the process of coming out and dealing with or overcoming the challenges, and/or benefit from a better understanding of what it means to be gay and to live life accordingly. Objectives of the group include building a sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance, and helping to overcome fears of coming out that may be preventing you from living your life to its fullest. The group provides the opportunity to share and learn from others’ experiences in a safe supportive environment. It is also an opportunity to develop a support network of friends which often leads to social opportunities at the Center and beyond. Please email gaymenssupport@pridecenter.org with a request to participate. Info and registration access will be provided.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

True Selves Support Network

Group Name: TrueSelves

Group Meeting Schedule: Third Sunday, 4:00-6:00pm EST and First Monday, 7:30-9:30pm EST

Group Status: Virtual

Group Type: Support

Group Leaders: Patricia Nagle

Group Leader Email: patti@pridecenter.org

Group Description: TrueSelves is a transgender, peer-based support group focusing on all aspects of the transgender spectrum from gender issues to understanding yourself and your community. All members of the transgender community are welcome.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

Women's Coming Out

Group Name: Women’s Coming Out

Group Meeting Schedule: Every Tuesday, 7:30-9:00pm EST***

Group Status: Virtual

Group Type: Support

Group Leaders: Pandora Scooter

Group Leader Email: pandora@pandorascooter.com

Group Description: Women’s Coming Out Support 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. Women of all ages 18 and over from all across the country are welcome.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

***Beginning on Monday, September 13, 2021, Women's Coming Out will begin meeting every Monday.

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Late Bloomers

Group Name: Late Bloomers

Group Meeting Schedule: Second Monday, 7:30-9:00pm EST

Group Status: Virtual

Group Type: Support

Group Leaders: Callan Howland and Ellis Laureysens

Group Leader Email: lgbtq.latebloomers@gmail.com

Group Description: Late Bloomers is a group for anyone dealing with coming out later in life: while married, in a long-term partnership, separated, or divorced. We talk about issues that arise in coming into your gender identity and/or sexual orientation as an adult. Topics that often come up include the fear of coming out to a spouse, navigating changes to relationships, facing resentment and disbelief, feelings of isolation even in the LGBTQIA+ community, the pain of divorce, facing familial hostility, losing one’s support network, parenting difficulties, and more. This group is an affinity space open to anyone who identifies with being a late bloomer. Maybe you are not out, but would like to meet others who share the struggle. Maybe you are married with kids and feel you cannot come out. Perhaps you have been on a journey of exploring your queerness but are still feeling isolated. You might be out already but would like to be around other people who understand the late bloomer experience. Whatever the case may be, we welcome everyone who is searching for a space to navigate the complexities that arise in questioning and coming into your LGBTQIA+ identity later in life. For more information, check out Late Bloomers’ Facebook page.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

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LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Group Name: LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Group Meeting Schedule: Last Sunday, 7:00-8:30pm EST

Group Status: Virtual

Group Type: Support

Group Leader: Ben Cohen

Group Leader Email: benmediated@gmail.com

Group Description: Living with a mental health condition? Looking for a safe space to find support? Come to the LGBTQ+ NAMI Connection meeting, a peer-run support group.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

Support Group

You Better Work

Group Name: You Better Work

Group Meeting Schedule: Every Sunday, 6:30-7:30pm EST

Group Status: Virtual

Group Type: Support

Group Leaders: Rachel Clapsis, Jamie Brill, and Tom Connelly

Group Leader Email: youbetterworkna@gmail.com

Group Description: The monthly schedule is as follows:

  • 1st Sunday: Step of the Month

  • 2nd Sunday: Just for Today

  • 3rd Sunday: Just for Today

  • 4th Sunday: Just for Today

  • 5th Sunday: Meditation

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Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

Rainbow Support & Empowerment Network

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Group Name: Rainbow Support and Empowerment Network

Group Meeting Schedule: Second Thursday, 12:00-1:00pm EST and 7:00-8:00pm EST

Group Status: Virtual

Group Type: Support

Group Leaders: Tina Maschi

Group Leader Email: justicecaring@gmail.com

Group Description: The Rainbow Support and Empowerment Network is a grassroots volunteer network that provides empowerment and support for our members and the LGBTQIA+ community and allies. It is an inclusive and intersectional community-based volunteer-peer-led collaborative. We engage together in activities that include "edutainment" events, group circles, and activities that include, but are not limited to, engaging in wellness activities including contemplative activism. Volunteer peer supports and mentors facilitate personal, relational, and community growth, empowerment, trauma transcendence, and resilience gatherings. Activities and groups have included gender, sexual orientation groups, LGBTQIA+ families, and intergenerational events. Our Rainbow Volunteer Corps allows members to participate in local community services for a variety of noble causes. For more information, check out Rainbow Support and Empowerment Network’s Facebook page.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

Mental Health Q&A Sessions

Group Name: Mental Health Q&A
Group Meeting Schedule: Every Other Friday, 9:15-9:45am EST
Group Status: Virtual
Group Type: Support
Group Leaders: Jacob Max Winkler
Group Leader Email: jacobmaxwinkler@gmail.com
Group Description: For information on free Mental Health Q&A sessions, please reach out to Jacob Max Winkler (jacobmaxwinkler@gmail.com).
Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

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TrueBrothers

Group Name: TrueBrothers

Group Meeting Schedule: Second Sunday, 2:00-4:00pm EST (In-Person Outdoors) and Fourth Sunday, 7:00-8:30pm (Virtual)

Group Status: Virtual and In-Person (Outdoors)*

Group Type: Support

Group Leaders: Sonny Quiat

Group Leader Email: truebrotherspcnj@gmail.com

Group Description: TrueBrothers is a peer-based group supporting individuals leaning towards a trans-masculine gender identity. Whether you might be questioning your gender, or you’re already taking steps to feel more aligned with your gender, this group is geared towards expressing and supporting the experiences of both binary transgender men and non-binary trans-masculine individuals.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

*True Brothers will take place remotely over Zoom on the fourth Sunday of every month from 7:00-8:300pm EST and will take place in-person/outdoors at Donaldson Park on the second Sunday of every month from 2:00-4:00pm EST.

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The InterseQtion

Group Name: The InterseQtion

Group Meeting Schedule: Second and Fourth Thursday, 7:00-9:00pm EST

Group Status: Virtual

Group Type: Support

Group Leaders: Sarah Shaw and Tara Sosa

Group Leader Email: theinterseqtion@gmail.com

Group Description: InterseQtion is a social discussion group for all queer women of color and non-binary people of color to find community and support with those who might share similar queer, racial, and cultural intersectionalities. We discuss everything from current events and shared experiences to your latest TV binge, all through a QWOC/NBPOC perspective. Come chill and spill the tea with us! For more information, check out The InterseQtion's Facebook page.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

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The Intersex Connection & Allies

Group Name: The Intersex Connection and Allies

Group Meeting Schedule: Every Fourth Tuesday, 7:00-9:00pm EST

Group Status: Virtual

Group Type: Support

Group Leaders: Rhonda Williams

Group Leader Email: rhonda152@yahoo.com

Group Description: The Intersex Connection & Allies is a support group for everyone in the LGBTQIA+ community to get together to discuss issues affecting us all including, but not limited to, community action and how we can get involved to change laws that take away equality rights.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)

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Men's Living Out

Group Name: Men’s Living Out

Group Meeting Schedule: Every Wednesday, 7:30-9:00pm EST

Group Status: In-Person

Group Type: Support

Group Leaders: David Rogoff and Alan Cander

Group Leader Email: dvdgrog@aol.com

Group Description: The Men’s Living Out Group provides a safe, supportive setting for out gay men of all ages to meet for brotherhood, support, and to discuss topics of interest. Topics are initiated by members for a structured, in-depth discussion. At times the format is modified to present a speaker, video, demonstration, etc.

Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Venmo: PrideCenter-ofNJ)