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.
SGV LGBTQ Center
Non-Binary Support Group
7:00 – 9:00pm
Monthly on the fourth Tuesday
The Non-Binary Peer Support Group strives to create a safe and brave space for all non-binary, gender non-conforming, and 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! Meetings occur digitally on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 pm to 9 pm. The Non-Binary Peer Support Group is hosted by Gia James (they/them/theirs) and Kat (she/they).
Contact giajames@sgvlgbtq or email@example.com
Seniors' Coffee Chat
10:00am – 12:00pm
Monthly on the first and third Saturday
If you're over 50, you're invited to the SGV LGBTQ Center's Senior Program, "Young Once, but Not Over the Hill!" meeting first and third Saturdays at 10 a.m.
We hold two coffees and two dinners each month along with other outings from time to time. Currently, our gatherings for coffee and dinner are on Zoom. The LGBT Seniors Group facilitator is Bruce (he/him/his). Senior Coffees are on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 10 am.
If you have questions, feel free to call us at 626.578.5772.
Connecting with Pride (Youth Group)
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Weekly on Wednesday
Connecting With Pride is a group for LGBTQ+ youth ages 11-18. (Younger folks are welcome!)
In Baldwin Park on Wednesdays at 5pm, Kaiser Permanente Educational Outreach and the SGV LGBTQ Center have teamed up to provide youth members homework help, community, snacks and showcasing artwork. Bring your supplies (or use some of ours) and join us on this venture into Baldwin Park.
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+. So, come to a Connecting with Pride. You don’t have to be alone.
TGI* Peer Support Group (Formerly Transgender PSG)
7:00 – 9:00pm
Monthly on the first Monday and third Thursday
A peer support group for the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center's TGI* community to form connections in the era of social distancing. An online model has allowed this group to become more accessible, in many ways. All gender diverse folks are welcome!
Hosted the First Monday and Third Thursday of every month. Peer support group is co-facilitated by Camila Camaleón, a longtime community member of the San Gabriel Valley.
**Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex (TGI*)
Seniors' Group Dinner
6:30 – 8:00pm
Monthly on the second and fourth Friday
Location: Park TBA
The LGBT Senior Group is a place to meet and visit with other LGBT Seniors. Currently, our gatherings for coffee and dinner are on Zoom. The LGBT Seniors Group hosts socially distanced in-person gatherings in a park once a month. The LGBT Seniors Group facilitator is Bruce (he/him/his). Senior Dinners are on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Bi+ Support Group
7:00 - 9:00pm
Monthly on the last Friday
The Bi+ Support Group is facilitated by Steven Reese (pronouns he/him/his), born and raised the San Gabriel Valley and a life-long Bisexual.
The Bi+ Peer Support Group is a safe place for all persons who self-identify as Bisexual, Bi-Curious, Bi-Romantic, Demi-Sexual, Pansexual, Polyamorous, Poly-Sexual, Poly-Romantic, Omnisexual, Multi-Sexual, Fluid or Queer to come together and discuss all things related to the wonderful worlds of identity, attraction, community and sexuality.
Allies are most certainly welcome as are folks of all sexual identities, genders and preferences who wish to learn more about what it means to be “Bi”.
For more information, contact Steven at (909) 270-7677 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Men's Group Monthly Meeting
7:00 – 9:00pm
Monthly on the third Wednesday
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.
QTPOCC (Queer and Trans People of Color Collective)
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Monthly on the second Tuesday
The QTPOCC is for queer and/or trans people of color to discuss the intersections of race and our LGBTQ+ identities. By acknowledging the world we live in through an open dialogue we welcome growth for our community and ourselves. Meetings occur on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7pm to 9pm. QTPOCC is hosted by Camila (she/her/ella).
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Monthly on the second Wednesday
Disability Justice is a safe space for discussing the intersection between being LGBTQIA+ and having a disability or learning difference and how we can grow and learn together. Meetings occur digitally from 7 pm-9 pm on the second Wednesday of the month beginning in April 2021.
For more information, contact Renee at email@example.com.
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Monthly on the second Saturday
Unified Sibs is a group for all supportive siblings/sibling figures of the LGBTQIA+ to come together in support of each other and their siblings. In addition to times of discussion and learning there will also be opportunities for creating/sharing crafts and events that involve the supported siblings joining their supporters. Unified Sibs is facilitated by Rene(e) (she/her/hers), who is both a supportIVE and supportED sibling.
For questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7:00 – 9:00pm
Monthly on the first Thursday
Join us for Chatty Crafties on Thursdays 7pm-9pm. Ee’ll be crafting and chatting on Zoom! Bring some popsicle sticks, paint or markers, glue of any kind, and white paper or construction paper if you want to participate in the craft tutorial led by Facilitator Sara. The meeting ID will be sent earlier that day to all those that wish to receive it via email and posted on our Instagram and FaceBook story.
Please email Sara at email@example.com to be added to the list!
12:00 - 1:00pm
Monthly on the third Saturdays
Join us for SGV LGBTQ Center Volunteer Training!
What: Learn about how you can help the mission and vision of the SGV LGBTQ Center become a reality! Please fill out the volunteer interest form here: https://goo.gl/forms/AeOccAfXoMTNEnrk2
Whether you want to volunteer as needed or more regularly we have opportunities for you to be involved in your community.
Volunteer Groups include:
Gayme Night (ON HOLD due to COVID-19)
7:00 - 9:00pm
Monthly on the Second Friday
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
(Previously called "Queer in the 'burbs")