Support Groups

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This bereavement support group is led by professional facilitators from the perspective of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. These are on-going, open, drop-in meetings for men and women whose spouse or life-partner has died – people who “were made for each other.”

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 5:30-7:00pm.

Center for Compassion and Healing at Lifetime Cares Offices is located at 3111 Winton Rd. South (just south of Brighton-Henrietta TL Rd., across from Cadillac Dealer and Pizza Hut; look for the memorial eagle out front.)

No preregistration required. Free-will donation to hospice requested at each session.

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585-214-1414
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Welcome! Gilda’s Club provides a meeting place for men, women and children living with cancer, along with their family and friends. They join with others to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care.

Free of charge and non-profit, Gilda’s Club offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a non-residential, homelike setting. Gilda’s Club is funded through the generosity of private individuals, corporations, foundations, and grants.

The Gay and Lesbian Support Group meets on the second Thursday of every month from 6-7:30pm. Reservations are requested.

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585-423-9700
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585-423-9072
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HIV Positive Men’s Support Group at AIDS Care, The Center for Positive Living.

A HIV+ Mixed Men’s Group meets every Wednesday from 11:30am-12:30pm. This group consists of predominantly gay men.

*Other groups are available by speaking with a counselor that will complete a needs assessment and referral.

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585-545-7200
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My name is Mary Testa and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice for 13 years in Pittsford. I have advanced training in running groups and find them very powerful as a method of therapy.

I run a support group for women who are attracted to other women, which is a much needed service in our area. The group will run for 8 sessions and the cost is $50 per session. The group will be limited to 5 to 8 clients. I use a three pronged approach to my group work. I am very strongly hoping to provide support, advocacy and clarity for women struggling with this issue. This can be an extremely isolating situation especially when there are children involved. I am hoping that each woman will be able to get relief in knowing that there are many others out there struggling with the same issue. I hope that each woman can clear a path for her own answers to come to her.

Please contact me with questions or for more information on this group. Mary Testa (LMHC, MS Ed, NCC)

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585-234-0440
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PFLAG was founded in 1973 by the late Jeanne Mansford.  It promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

We are the Rochester, NY, chapter of “Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays.” Here you’ll find support, education, and allies who advocate for full inclusion of the LGBT people we love.

We meet the third Sunday of every month from 1:00-3:00 at
Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church
707 East Main St.
Rochester, NY 14624.

This is next to the former Rochester Association of Performing Arts building and is set back from the street.  All are welcome!

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585-993-3297
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Rochester CD Network is here to help people come to terms with their cross-dressing and let them know that there are other people out there who feel as they do, with the same drives and feelings. They will learn that they are not alone. The club tries to help all cross-dressers build and maintain a positive self-image of their whole being. This is NOT a dating service, a marketplace for sexual liaisons, or a therapy group. It is a group of friends who want to express and develop their “other self.” Spouses and significant others are always welcome.

We usually meet on the first Saturday of the month, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm in a safe location where we can dress and gather comfortably in a non-judgmental atmosphere.

Please call or e-mail for more information and leave specific instructions on how and when we can contact you.

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585-251-2132
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It is estimated that up to two million gay, lesbian, or bisexual individuals have ever married or will marry. Some come out after a long struggle of trying to make a go of the heterosexual marriage that society prefers. Others have yet to disclose. Still others may stay closeted. When they come out, attention focuses on them. Their heterosexual spouses are largely forgotten. Family members and friends minimize the straight spouses’ concerns. Few therapists understand their unique issues of sexual rejection, betrayal, and identity crisis. So, spouses cope alone, their anger and pain escalating. Once they find peer support in SSN, they resolve their profound issues constructively.

Professionals and the wider community need to become more aware of the impact on spouses and family members when a partner comes out. Addressing their unique needs will lessen isolation, aid healing, and increase understanding of everyone involved.

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201-825-7763
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Do you identify as transgender, transsexual, genderqueer or are you questioning your gender identity? If so, you should join our monthly discussion group. We provide a safe space to meet for mutual support,

friendship, and social activities. We promote the exploration of gender in a positive and affirming environment.

 

“The Pride Center is a Buffalo-based health promotion organization specializing in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) health and HIV prevention. Established in 2001, The Pride Center’s goal is to promote the lifelong health and well-being of LGBTQ people.”

– Directly from the Pride Center of WNY website

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716-852-7743
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716-541-0673