Support Groups

                                                                            

 

Support Groups @ The Center
Center support groups help folks dealing with issues anywhere along a continuum - from the point where they are questioning their sexuality through dealing with the challenges of coming out at work or struggling with relationship issues. Our support groups are led by other LGBTQ+ people and not necessarily professionals. This allows LGBTQ+ people to support each other through life's challenges. The Center is a safe, non judgemental space. We value and affirm every life that comes through our doors. You are welcome here!

Youth Peer Support Group  
Ages 13-18
Every Monday 5:00pm to 7:00pm   
Room 6
A peer-led LGBTQ support & discussion group for youth 13-18. Topics include:
Coming out 
Relationships
Bullying 
Peer pressure 
Depression and self-esteem 
Express thoughts and feelings without fear in a safe and supportive environment. 

YA CONNECT 
18+ Young Adults 
First Wednesday Every Month                                                      7:00pm-8:00pm       
Room 6  
A safe and social support group for LGBTQ+ young adults ages 18+.  Young adult allies are absolutely welcome to attend! Kick back, socialize, peer support, activities. We help with:
Community Resources
Help with interpersonal, religious or family rejection
Help with workplace or school challenges
Finding others "just like you"
Help with depression, anxiety and mental health issues

Friends, Family and Allies Coming Together (FACT)     
Second Tuesday Every Month
7:00pm-8:00pm     
Room 6
Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, this group is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. The FACT group offers support for families and friends of LGBTQ+ people and offers help with:
Helping a gay loved one through the challenges of coming out
Parenting a gay youth
The coming out process of the family member or friend
Coping with changes in expectations due to sexuality (expectations of marriage, grandchildren, etc.)
Dealing with discrimination and stygma
Feeling included and normalizing minority sexuality
Finding an accepting community

Trans* Support Group 
Third Thursday Every Month
7:00pm-8:00pm
Room 6
This is a support group for people who do not fit a traditional cisgender identity. The Trans* Support Group is open to all gender minorities: transgender, trans-masculine or trans-feminine, gender queer, gender non-conforming, questioning, etc.

OWLS 
Older Wiser Lesbians (OWLS) This group is for women who enjoy engaging in social, educational, recreational and service activities. We offer our members community building opportunities through exceptional events, lively discussions, monthly dinners, hikes, game nights, theater trips, as well as holiday celebrations and so much more!  If you are looking for a community of welcoming supportive women then this is the organization for you. For location of monthly dinner email: info@lgbtqcenterofbaycounty.org

Positive Connections 
Fourth Wednesday Every Month    
5:00pm-6:00pm  Room 6                                                                           
Positive Connections is an ongoing support group for men and women living with HIV. The focus is on issues related to living with HIV/AIDS: stigma, coping & stress, depression, family and friends, and more. The support members can range from people newly diagnosed to those who have lived POZ for years.  

PROGRAMS

Heart To Art        

Our collaborative art projects can inspire, heal and bind communities. Art experiences are an integral part of building community spirit, and an awareness to specific causes in the LGBTQ+ community. 

Q and A 

A series of lectures addressing the historical,    political and societal issues that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families & friends encounter. The goal of this series is to initiate an authentic dialogue about the personal and historical journeys of the LGBT community, and provide a non-judgmental environment for straight individuals to learn about these experiences while supporting their LGBT friends and family members as allies. 

 

The Center

1608 Bakers Court, Room 6
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 252-5145

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