Peer Support Programs

Our peer support groups link people with a shared life experience. Our belief is that folks that share similar life experience can lift each other up and help each other thrive.
Please review our Program Policy below:

This is a safe space and a brave space.

Be honest about your feelings and thoughts.

Use “I” statements to express yourself.

 

Take turns speaking and listen attentively. Don't interrupt others.

Keep your comments relevant so everyone can participate.

Turn off or silence all notifications on any devices you have and step out if you must take a call.

 

Demonstrate respect of cultural differences and diversity of views.

No one is better than another – we are all equal with different perspectives and lenses.

Respect confidentiality. Do not share identifying details about other members after leaving this space.

 

During our time here on Zoom, we will have certain rules specific to online communication.

 

Please do not screen share without permission from the facilitator.

 

Please do not share inappropriate images, words, or other content either in the chat, in your background, or through screen sharing. (Inappropriate content includes but is not limited to: pornography, discriminatory words/phrases or imagery, threats to body or mind of another or self, ableism, racism, ethnophobia, biphobia, transphobia, homophobia, classism, or sexism.)

 

Members may be removed from the meetings at the host(s) discretion. 

 

Breaking the rules may result in removal from this group, per the hosts' discretion, and you will not be allowed to participate in any other peer support groups through the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center.

 

Thank you,

 

SGV LGBTQ Center

info@sgvlgbtq.org

 

Non-Binary Support Group

4th Tuesdays of every month, 7-9pm

A safe space for all Non-Binary, Gender Non-Conforming, & Transgender folx. This group is designed for us to come together and support each other by sharing our experiences, emotions, and challenges. When you’re here with us, you can always be yourself!

Please join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 7 PM to 9 PM. Creative activities and snacks will be provided.

Contact:

 -  Sara at sara@sgvlgbtq.org (Program Coordinator)

Notification Sign-Ups:

Email List:
https://sgvlgbtq.z2systems.com/subscribe.jsp?subscription=7&

Text Messages: https://www.remind.com/join/enby
Or text @enby to the number 81010.

Men's Group (ON HOLD)

3rd Wednesday of every month 7-9pm

The Men's Group is not meeting at this time. Please sign up for the group email list here:

https://sgvlgbtq.z2systems.com/np/clients/sgvlgbtq/subscribe.jsp?subscription=6&

This group was created to empower gay men and provide a sense of community and support where we can talk about issues unique to gay men's lives: male/male romance, surviving homophobia, coming out -- and beyond. Sign up for the newsletter here and receive updates on other social events as they come. https://sgvlgbtq.z2systems.com/np/clients/sgvlgbtq/subscribe.jsp?subscription=6&

Contact: TBD

Place: TBD 

Date & Time: Every 3rd Wednesday, 7-9pm

Seniors Coffee & Donuts Chat & Share

1st & 3rd Saturdays 10am-noon // 2nd & 4th Fridays 6:30-8pm 

Want to be notified of LGBTQ Senior Activities? Click here to join our Seniors E-newsletter.

Go to the Seniors page: https://www.sgvlgbtq.org/seniors

Looking for some friends your age who just get you? Those other senior groups just lacking in some way? We’ve got you covered here at The Center! Join our group of LGBTQ seniors, ages 50+. Coffee is donated by our local Starbucks for our senior community to enjoy each other’s company and share what’s on their minds. While this group is mostly for socializing, we also offer guest speakers that talk about things relevant to LGBTQ seniors. Events are organized by the group members. 

 

Contact: Donna at dla4tune@yahoo.com

Date & Tine: 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month, 10am-noon

Additional senior dinners are organized 2nd & 4th Friday of every month for a dinner out! 

Contact: Bruce Christensen, (626) 622-1942

Place: Santa Anita Mall Food Court, 400 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Date & Time: 2nd & 4th Friday of every month, 6:30-8:00pm 

Connecting with Pride (LGBTQ+ Youth)

Wednesdays 5pm-7pm

Connecting With Pride is a group for LGBTQ+ youth ages 11-18. (Younger folks are welcome!)

Connecting With Pride meets both every Wednesday at 5pm at Kaiser Permanente in Baldwin Park.

 

 Kaiser Permanente's Educational Outreach Program and the SGV LGBTQ Center have teamed up to provide local LGBTQ+ youth, ages 11-18 with homework help, community, snacks, and art therapy. Bring your supplies (or use some of ours) and join us on this new venture into Baldwin Park.

 

Contact: Jessica Amaya - jessica@sgvlgbtq.org, Sara Acevedo - sara@sgvlgbtq.org

Place:  4141 Maine Ave. Baldwin Park

Date & Time: Every Wednesday at 5pm
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Attending Connecting With Pride for the first time can be a really scary thing. After all, this might be your very first ‘gay’ event. You will meet people different from yourself, people who look like all the colors in our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer rainbow. You will also meet people just like you. Everyone is willing to let you be yourself. Everyone will accept you as who you are. Connecting With Pride is a safe place to be who you are whether it means you're questioning or you identify as LGBTQ+.

Besides being safe, you are coming to a place where we have fun, where you get to meet people from all over the SGV and where you can make friends. So, just so you know what to expect, here’s what happens:.

Once you come in the door, you will be greeted by a member of the Youth Steering Committee. They will go over the rules with you, and ask you to sign a copy of those rules. They will show you where the snacks and restrooms are located. Then they will introduce you to the other attendees.

OK, you might be too shy to want to talk to anyone the first time (or the first few times) and that’s OK. You can sit and watch until you are comfortable. No one will make you hang out with anyone else. No one will make you participate in any activity you don’t want to do. No one will make you do anything you don’t want to do.

The first hour is the social hour. We hang out, have a water and a snack.
The second hour is the program hour. We have a different program every time. 

So, come to a Connecting with Pride. You don’t have to be alone.

For questions please contact Jessica Amaya - jessica@sgvlgbtq.org, Sara Acevedo - sara@sgvlgbtq.org

TGI* Peer Support Group

(*Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex) 1st Monday and 4th Thursday of every month – 7pm-9pm

A peer support group intended for trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex individuals.

 

Join us for a sense of community and support on the first Monday and fourth Thursday of every month!

Contact: info@sgvlgbtq.org

Gayme Night

2nd Friday of every month, 7-9pm

A monthly game night for all people in the LGBTQ+ community.  The group is designed to create an open and safe space for everyone under the rainbow to come together and support one another through discussion and fun activities. Games vary from meeting to meeting. All gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome.

Contact: Sara Acevedo - sara@sgvlgbtq.org

Date & Time: 2nd Friday of every month, 7:00-9:00pm

(Previously called "Queer in the 'burbs")

LGBTQ Grief and Loss

3rd Thursday of every month, 7-9pm

A peer support group that serves people who have recently experienced loss or are in a grieving stage. Open to all folks who need support and understanding in their time of adjustment.

Contact: Charles Hay - jhc517@charter.net

Date & Time: 3rd Thursdays of every month, 7:00-9:00pm

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Mailing Address

San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center
PO BOX 1395

Monrovia, CA 91017​

Physical Location

(Temporrily Closed Due to COVID-19 

See Calendar for Virtual Programming)

Prince Erik Hall

2607 S. Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006

(Located behind Arcadia Congregational Church)

Call or Text

626.578.5772

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