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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585-473-8177
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585-473-7689
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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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Guys’ Night Out
Guys’ Night Out is a local trans* group that meets at 1pm on the second Saturday of the month at Equal=Grounds, 750 South Ave. Transmen and those identifying with trans-masculine experience (including questioning individuals) are welcome.  Please know this is a welcoming space with no set expectations on what it means to identify as a “transman” each of us has such a diverse background and life experiences!! There is no commitment to attend each month.  There will sometimes be a few people or a tableful of amazing people who attend.  Conversations range from topics regarding family life, personal experiences with regard to medically/socially transitioning and how life is going in general. 

In addition to the set meeting at EG the group takes part in things like going to the movies, laser tag, pool and bowling.  This happens almost monthly with the ideas of where to go coming from the group.  The activities out are a mix of events just for the guys and some that are open for friends/family/partners to come and join in!!

***PS is you have some social anxiety, know you would be sitting at a table with people who can relate…you can come and share your life story or sit quietly taking in those around you 🙂

If you would like to know more contact Adrian at abartholomeo@gmail.com.

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585-244-8640 ext. 14
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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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The Identity Group is for LGBT identified individuals who have a developmental disability diagnosis. The group meets Wednesdays 3:00pm-4:00pm at ARC Health Services. The goal of the group is to provide a safe space to discuss identity issues, share personal experiences and increase self-esteem. The group is facilitated by Delaina Fico. LMSW. For more information, please contact Delaina Fico.

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585-271-0661 ext. 1552
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Please join our LGBT support group for conversation, support, friendship, and warmth. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 7:30pm-9pm at the Third Presbyterian Church. Please use the Meigs St. entrance.

Contact Carol: 585-482-3832

or Kaara: 585-654-7516

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585-482-3832
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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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OUTeach is a new social/support network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight allied teachers in Monroe County and surrounding areas. A collaborative effort of GLSEN Rochester and the Gay Alliance, OUTeach works to improve school climate for teachers, staff and students alike. Meetings are held the second Friday of each month from 4-6pm at Equal Grounds.

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585-244-8640 ext. 13
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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