The L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center offers various groups for just about everyone in our community. All groups offer a safe environment for honest and open conversation and socializing. Groups are led by professionally trained volunteer facilitators and LAGLC staff who lead each group in a manner that ensures participation is within standard conversation and social networking group guidelines. These groups are not therapy, nor should they be mistaken for support groups. Participants are dissuaded from attending these groups for the purpose of discussing private and/or personal issues.
NON-CENTER PRESENTED GROUPS
12-step groups at The Village are not Center presented groups. These groups are presented by outside organizations or independent groups who rent meeting space at The Village. The Center does not have any additional information regarding these groups (other than what is provided here.)
All 12-step groups are drop-ins and RSVP is not necessary (unless noted here otherwise.) If you require more information than what is provided here, you must attend the group and meet with the group organizer.
SOCIAL NETWORKING GROUPS
Bisexual Men and Women
Men Who Love & Have Sex With Men
Women Who Love & Have Sex With Women
LGBT Book Readers
COMING OUT WORKSHOPS & GROUPS
Coming Out Workshops for Women
Coming Out Workshop for Men
Coming Out Group for Youth (22 and under)
OutTalk: For Anyone Who Loves Someone Who Is Coming Out
If you would like to attend one of these groups...
Please ARRIVE ON TIME. Since late arrivals are disruptive, those who arrive late may not be admitted until a break. Those arriving late for evening groups may not be admitted at all. If you must leave early, please do so at the break or if necessary, in a non-disruptive manner.
Admission to all conversation and social networking groups is free to everyone (although most groups ask for an optional $3.00 donation to help pay for the space).
Groups are never cancelled unless previously announced on the linked pages.
Social Networking Group Facilitators reserve the right to refuse entry to any person deemed an inappropriate participant for any specific group (i.e. men may be refused entry to women’s groups, women may be refused entry to men’s groups, etc.)
The following guidelines are followed and enforced in all of our groups.
Respect the confidentiality of participants. What is said in this room, stays in this room.
Take care of yourself. Share only to the degree that is comfortable for you.
Use ‘I’ statements and speak from your own experiences.
Do not give advice.
No cross talking or side conversations while others are speaking.
Raise your hand when you wish to speak.
Do not criticize other individuals, their experiences or decisions.
Groups are presented in a substance-free environment.
Turn off your cell phone and/or pager. Do not answer phones during group session. Do not send, read or compose text messages during group session.
Any person who attends these groups for supportive or theraputic purposes may be asked to redirect their participation or may not be called on to participate in the groups general discussions.