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Social & Support Groups

In-person groups meet at OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center (2701 International Lane, Madison, WI 53703) unless otherwise noted. Virtual groups meet by Zoom. To get the Zoom link for any meeting, please email contact person listed for that group. Hybrid groups meet with an option to join in-person at OutReach or virtually via Zoom.

If you do not see a social and support group listed that meets your needs and/or you are interested in starting a social and support group, please contact OutReach staff at 608-255-8582.

 

To double-check meeting days and times, check OutReach’s Calendar & Guide HERE.

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Alternatives to Suicide: Queer-Specific Support Group
If you are a person that identifies as LGBTQQIA+, is 18 years or older, and experiences thoughts of suicide, has attempted, or self-harm - this is a safe space to talk openly, without fear of judgement, coercion, or unwanted interventions, this is a non-clinical, peer-led support group - a place to find healing through community.

MEETING INFO: Third Thursdays at 7 pm. 
CONTACT INFO: Email: queeralt2su@gmail.com. Call: 608-255-8582 for more information.

B.O.P.P.+ (In-person)

Are you non-monosexual, fluid, or questing? Bisexual Omni Pan and Polysexuals plus (B.O.P.P.+) is a social group that provides a safe place to interact and enjoy activities with other non-monosexuals! B.O.P.P.+ (previous Bi-versity) meets once a month to enjoy various social events/activities. Email us with questions or more information.

MEETING INFO: The group meets the first Thursday of every month from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

CONTACT INFO: Email Shannon at bopp.plus.madison@gmail.com

Learning Collective Liberation: A Book Club, Discussion and Action Group

(Formerly Reading Anti-Racism)

In order to practice collective liberation we need to learn collective liberation through political education, discussing the theory and transforming that theory into actions. Let’s imagine and build new worlds together! Books will be chosen based on an anti-oppression theme, from various authors and intersectional topics!

MEETING INFO: This group is hosted by OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center and meets the 4th Saturday of the month on Zoom from 1pm - 2:30pm.

CONTACT INFO: Email: readingantiracism@gmail.com

Join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OutReachBookClub/

 

LGBTQ+ Al-Anon 12-Step Meeting (Hybrid)

Al-Anon is peer support program for people who are relatives or friends of people who are alcoholics. If you have specific questions about Al-Anon meetings, including their format or structure, please contact LGBTQ+ AODA Advocate Linda Lenzke.

MEETING INFO: Every Tuesday at 5:30 pm. Meetings are currently hybrid, with the option to join in-person or via Zoom.

CONTACT INFO: Email: Linda at lindal@lgbtoutreach.org. Call: 608-255-8582 for more information.

 

LGBTQ 50+ Alliance

The LGBTQ 50+ Alliance supports and enriches the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people 50 years and older, with the goal of successfully aging. In this effort, we provide a broad array of social, educational, and support services to the LGBT Community 50+ and over, all of which are free or low-cost. Find out more at www.lgbtq50plusalliance.org.

 

  • CQCQCQ (In-person) - “CQ” (curious queers) is a call for all to join in the conversation! Members decide topics and provide presentations. Visits to other LGBTQ+ Groups, free community concerts, museums, nature walks, etc. are encouraged. This group is open to people of all ages: We’ll learn where we are from you, and you can learn how we got there from us. MEETING INFO: The first and third Thursdays of the month from 1:00 to 3:00pm at the OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center.

  • Gay, Gray, and Beyond Group (In-person) - Gay, Gray, and Beyond is a casual discussion group for LGBTQ+ elders. Gay, Gray, and Beyond is not a therapy or support group. If you are in need of therapy or support services, contact OutReach's Elder Advocate, Kristi Mason, at 608-255-8582. MEETING INFO: The second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 2:00-4:00pm at the Madison Senior Center, 330 W Mifflin St. Madison, WI 53703.

 

Madison Area Transgender Association (MATA) Social/Support Group (Hybrid)

MATA and its Facebook group are only open to transgender, gender expansive, and questioning individuals ages 18 and over. Members of police, immigration authorities, or their supporters are not allowed at MATA group meetings or in the Facebook group. There is a private Facebook group where meeting reminders and zoom links are posted: https://www.facebook.com/groups/361652807337987.

​MEETING INFO: The first and third Saturdays of each month from 3:00-5:00pm and the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 7:00-9:00pm.

CONTACT INFO: Email Gabe at gabel@lgbtoutreach.org

 

 

Madison Gay Men’s Forum

We gather to engage and connect with other gay and bisexual men in the community in an authentic and vulnerable way to help alleviate loneliness and isolation. We are peer-led and do not follow any one leader or teacher. This is a forum of empowerment and doesn’t ask us to believe in anything other than our own potential. ​The format of group meetings includes discussion of personal life challenges and goals, book studies, and sharing of experiential practices, artistries, and other member interests. Group membership is open to cisgender male and trans identities.

​MEETING INFO: Every Monday at 7pm at OutReach. www.meetup.com/madison-gay-mens-meetup-group/

CONTACT INFO: Email AJ at ajh@lgbtoutreach.org.

 

Progress Not Perfection: LGBTQ+ Substance Use Harm Reduction Recovery Group

The objective of harm reduction is not always total abstinence, rather progress that focuses on steps to reduces harm and encourage safe use. This is a peer-support group. The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from the harm created by alcohol and substance use.

MEETING INFO: Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Meetings are currently hybrid, with the option to join in-person or via Zoom.

CONTACT INFO: Email: Linda at lindal@lgbtoutreach.org. Call: 608-255-8582 for more information.

 

Queer Arts Group (Alternates in-person and virtual)

The Queer Arts Group is a space for queer folks to come together and work on arts projects. Some supplies are provided but people are also welcome to bring their own projects along. The group meets in-person at OutReach on the second Saturday and online on the fourth Saturday of each month.

MEETING INFO: Second and fourth Saturday of each month from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

CONTACT INFO: To connect with facilitators, email Gabe at gabel@lgbtoutreach.org.

Q-Cinema (In-person)

Q Cinema is a social, multicultural film group created by OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center. Group members gather and watch LGBTQ+ films and mini-series, with snacks provided!

MEETING INFO: The second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:45pm.

CONTACT INFO: Email Brian at brianp@lgbtoutreach.org

 

 

Rainbow Adventure Discoverers (RAD) (In-person)

Rainbow Adventure Discoverers (RAD) is an adventure and educational group for LGBTQ+ adults. We focus on Life Skills, Nature, Outdoors, and Health. Drop-ins welcome!

MEETING INFO: First and third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

CONTACT INFO: radmadisonwi@gmail.com

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