OUTMemphis offers a number of peer-led groups that are designed to create safe spaces for community members to come together in conversation and connection with like-minded individuals.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
H.O.P.E. Spirituality Group
The mission of H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Prevail Effectively) LGBTQ+ Spirituality Group is to approach spirituality in a way that allows everyone to be free in experiencing a safe haven conducive to teaching, learning, and discussing spiritual views. HOPE unpacks the Bible to correct misuse of scriptures that have been used to perpetuate hate and tear down the LGBTQ+ community in an effort to empower LGBTQ+ individuals in their religion and spirituality.
HOPE meets every Thursday night at 7:00pm at OUTMemphis.
For more information, email us.
Thursday nights at 7pm via Zoom.
Pride & Principles
Pride & Principles is an Alcoholics Anonymous group focused on the LGBTQ+ community. This group meets every Thursday night at 7:00p at The Way House 1203 Peabody Avenue.
Each meeting is a closed discussion meeting, except for the last Thursday of the month, which is an open speaker meeting and birthday celebration.
Thursday nights at 7 pm The Way House 1203 Peabody Avenue
Seeking Serenity is a peer-led community support group for LGBTQ friends and family of people in recovery for alcohol.
Seeking Serenity provides a weekly session for LGBTQ community members who support are associated with problem drinkers to convene for community, discussion, and social support from like-minded people in similar situations. While allies are welcome, Seeking Serenity is centered and gives precedent to the lives and experience of LGBTQ people.
Thursdays at 5:30pm via Zoom.
Sin Pelos is a series of conversations on various topics, such as sex, pleasure, prevention, and much more. Whereas we say in Spanish “Hablar Sin Pelos En La Lengua” an expression that means speaking raw, honestly, and without censorship. Join us, as we jump into different topics and talk about them w/ community partners and experts, in a very real, raw, and informative way, without Pelos En La Lengua!
Tuesdays 6pm- 7pm on Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 944 7484 7185
With A Common Bond
With A Common Bond is a support group that provides a meaning-centered therapeutic approach to help participants explore their identity as it relates to their HIV diagnosis. Join us while we go through topics like self-disclosure, discussing engaging in intimacy with partners, and learning life skills to manage and enhance participants’ mental and physical health in regard to adhering to their antiretroviral medication and reducing stigma about an HIV diagnosis.
First Thursday of every month from 5-6 pm.
YOUTH & FAMILIES
*GenQ will be starting back up in May 2022*
GenQ is our group for LGBTQ+ and Allied folks ages 18-24. This group meets once per week, and is a safe, closed environment for connection, discussion, and most importantly fun!
Each week, this group meets at OUTMemphis (892 S Cooper), during which time they engage in snacks and drinks, fun planned activities, and discussion, all with peers who understand their experience. This group is peer-led (like most groups at OUTMemphis), meaning that the facilitators of GenQ are also LGBTQ or Allied and 18-24.
This group, being a more mature age group than our other youth services, has a lot more freedom of activity, and will occasionally plan to do non-traditional things such as off-site meetings and activities. These will be discussed beforehand and approved by the group. This group also participates in our Life Hack program, a series of classes aimed at building skills and learning things necessary to be a productive member of society. This includes things like cooking classes, financial planning, anger management, interviewing skills, and many others.
To see Frequently Asked Questions about GenQ, click here.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
PRYSM is our group for LGBTQ and Allied youth ages 13-17. This group meets once per week, and is a safe, closed environment for connection, discussion, and most importantly fun!
At each meeting, the group spends time engaging in snacks and drinks, fun planned activities, and discussion, all with peers who understand their experience. Check out the web page for Frequently Asked Questions.
For more information and to stay up-to-date, sign up for text alerts
Every second and fourth Saturday from 1-3 pm.
We Are Family
Phillis Lewis, CEO of Love Doesn’t Hurt, in collaboration with OUTMemphis is providing family support for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We Are Family is the online support group for LGBTQ+ families with kids under 12 and is designed to help meet the unique needs and challenges LGBTQ+ families face while providing support and serve as an ongoing resource center for one another. Need an affirming preschool recommendation? Ask here! New to town and hoping to meet like-minded families? Let’s get to know one another through this group!
For more information or to register, contact Phillis Lewis.
COMMUNITY & CULTURE
Meristem Book Club
The Meristem Book Club is named after the feminist/LGBTQ+ bookstore some of you will remember on Cooper just down the street from the Center (1990-1998). Meristem cells are the point of new growth in plants — like stem cells in humans. The book club is named after the bookstore in honor of our past and with hope for our future. The purpose of the book club is to read and explore written works by women and LGBT authors, and to foster a community of support with like-minded women. Membership is open to women (LBT and straight-identified) in the Memphis area who want to read and discuss books by women and LGBT authors.
2nd Wednesday of Every Month, 7:00p-9:00p via Zoom. Click here for more info.
Seniors OUT for Coffee
Seniors OUT for Coffee is a community social group for LGBTQ community members 55 years of age or older. The group meets over coffee and light snacks for conversation and fellowship with like-minded people.
Every Second Sunday, 1:00p-3:00p via Zoom.
TransParent is a group for parents and caregivers of transgender individuals of any age. This group is meant to be a place for people in this situation to meet others facing similar issues, to learn and grow together, and to ask questions in a safe and affirming environment.
TransParent is facilitated by Dr. KT Hiestand, a certified and licensed psychologist. Please email Dr. Hiestand to RSVP for this group before attending.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, TransParent is not currently meeting.
Virtual T is an online gathering open to anyone 18+ who identifies as a member of the trans or GNC community, Virtual T is a chance to come together and connect with other folks during this time of isolation. This group will be a time to socialize, check-in, and seek support.
Check out our Facebook page for more information.
Tuesdays at 6pm via Zoom.
GROUPS ON HOLD OR DISCONTINUED
Colorcopia: LGBTQ+ Art Class for Seniors
Colorcopia is an art class put on by artists from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Participants will learn how to recreate a piece of art in the Dixon’s collection, gaining new artistic skills in the process.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Colorcopia is not currently meeting.
For Us; By Us (FU;BU) is a social/support group designed for same gender loving (SGL) men of color (MOC). A primary goal of FU;BU is to foster a safe, creative, and positive space for SGL men of color. FU;BU aims to build positive relationships with self and community through great conversations all while getting to know new faces!
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, FU;BU is not currently meeting.
Tú Ppl: LGBTQIA+ Latinx Social Group
Tu Ppl is a social and supportive group for Latinx/Hispanic members of the Memphis community that also identify with the LGBTQIA+ community. Tu Ppl is a space for LGBTQIA+ Latinx people come together to bond over these two identities.
Tú Ppl es un grupo social y de apoyo para gente Latina/Hispana en Memphis que tambien es parte de la comunidad LGBTQIA+. Si no habla mucho ingles no se preocupe, lxs facilitadorxs del grupo hablan español!
For more info, check out the Facebook group.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Tu Ppl is not currently meeting.
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