Friday, October 31, 2014

Community Groups

Please note that the following listings are not services or programs of Howard Brown.  Their appearance here is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as an endorsement.

Amigas Latinas
Support, education and advocacy group for Latina lesbian, bisexual and questioning women.
P.O. Box 10124, Chicago, IL 60610-0124
contact: 312-409-5697 or
 emcardona@excite.com

Agape Youth Zone
LGBTQ youth drop-in for 15-20 year olds in Joliet and surrounding areas.
contact: 815-723-1548 X24 or
 www.agapemissionsinc.com

ALMA: The Association of Latino Men for Action
Group providing social, cultural, educational and advocacy services to the Latino gay community in Chicago. A safe space for Latino men who are gay, bisexual or questioning.
contact:  773-929-7688 or
 www.almachicago.org

BEHIV - HIV Therapy/Support group
Ongoing closed group for men or women, straight or gay, with the only requirement being an HIV Positive/AIDS diagnosis. Emotional support for issues such as depression, medication, stress, relationships,  anxiety, daily living struggles and spirituality.
Meets Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 pm
contact: 847-475-2115  x125

Brothers United Together
Ongoing support group for HIV+ same gender loving men of African descent. Includes harm reduction, medication/adherence and psychosocial needs.
Meets Tuesdays at South Side location.  7:00-9:00 pm
contact: 773-324-1882 or
 bro2brochi@aol.com

CaSL - Cancer Support Group for Lesbians
For lesbians dealing with cancer, its treatment and aftermath, as well as for their partners, family, and friends.
Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 5209 N. Clark, Chicago, 7:30-9:00 pm.
contact: CaSL-Chicago@yahoo.com.

Center on Halsted –Coming Out Groups
Providing safe, supportive space for men who have sex with men, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and questioning individuals to explore identity, share challenges, and gain information.
Men in their 20s and 30s Coming Out: Tuesdays 6:30  – 8 p.m., 10 week series
Men Coming Out after 40: Mondays 6:30 – 8 p.m., 10 week series
Women’s Coming Out workshops: Saturday mornings quarterly, call for schedule
contact: 773-472-6469 x 261

Center on Halsted – Spanish Speaking Groups
Encuentro Latino: Proveera’ un ambiente seguro, nutrir, y sin prujuicios para hombres de varias culturas
Hispanas luchando con preguntas sobre su orientation sexual. (Providing a safe space for Latinos to explore sexual identity within the Latino culture and experience.)
Saturdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Viviendo con VIH/SIDA (Latino men’s HIV support group).  Meeting Mondays 1 to 2:30 p.m.
contact: 773-472-6469 x 261, call for details

Center on Halsted –HIV support groups
Therapy and support groups open to new members.  Facilitated by agency therapists.  Providing a safe place to explore relationships, health, identity, coping with stress, and other issues in a supportive environment.
Women’s support and drop in: Thursday mornings 10:30 to noon
Latino men’s HIV support – Spanish speaking meeting – Mondays 1 to 2:30 p.m.
HIV support group for men 24 – 30 years old: Thursdays 6:30 – 8 p.m.
contact: 773-472-6469 x 261

Center on Halsted – Support for LGBT Partners & Family whose Loved Ones are Struggling with Substance Abuse
Eight-week discussion and support group addressing the unique concerns of individuals whose partners, lovers, and/or family members are struggling with substance abuse.
Facilitated by John Dinauer, LCSW.  Meeting Tuesdays 7 – 8:30 p.m.
contact: 773-472-6469 x 261

Center on Halsted – Young Men’s Substance Abuse Info and Discussion Group
Eight week info and discussion group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning individuals addressing what constitutes abuse, options for getting sober, and support for lovers, friends and family.  Meeting Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
contact: 773-472-6469 x 261

Center on Halsted-Youth Gatherings
Mondays through Thursdays, 3 – 8 pm.  Ages 13 to 23
Wednesday gatherings are for young women only. Monday gatherings are for teens (13 – 19) only.
contact: 773-472-6469 x226.

ChicagoTask Force on Aging
A group of community /city/state representatives advocating for LGBT aging issues and concerns.
Meets monthly at various locations to discuss current issues, events, and strategic community plans.
contact: 312-458-3610

ChicagoGender Society
Safe, semi-public activities offered for members so that they may meet others with similar interests and help them become comfortable and acceptable in their gender role. Meetings 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Socials 4th Tuesday of the month.
c ontact: 708-863-7714 or
 www.chicagogender.com or CGS@attbi.com

Chicago Prime Timers
Ongoing social group for mature gay men and friends. 2nd Sunday of the month.
contact: 312-409-1590

CORE CENTER -  HIV+ Adolescents & Young Adults
Support groups for 17-24 year olds at CORE Center, 2020 W. Harrison.
Men’s Group meets 1st and 3rd Mondays 12:00-1:00 pm.
Women’s Group meets 2nd and 4th Mondays 12:00-1:00 pm.
Info: 312-572-4694

CORE CENTER -  HIV+ Women’s Group
Evolution of Dignity support group at CORE Center, 2020 W. Harrison.
Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 12:00-1:30 pm.
Info: 312-556-9380

CORE CENTER -Group Positive
Support group for HIV+ men and women at CORE Center, 2020 W. Harrison.
Meets Tuesdays 3:00-4:30 pm.
Info: 312-572-4500

CORE CENTER - Perlas del Mar
Support group for Spanish speaking HIV+ men and women at CORE Center.
Meets Thursdays 11:30-1:00 pm.
Info: 312-572-4500

CORE CENTER -Thursday Group
Support group for HIV+ men and women at CORE Center, 2020 W. Harrison.
Meets Thursdays 5:00-6:30 pm.
Info: 312-572-4500

CORE CENTER -Positive Energy
Rotating topics group for HIV+ men and women at CORE Center, 2020 W. Harrison.
Meets Fridays 10:00-11:00 am.
info: 312-572-4500

CORE CENTER -Chemical Dependency Groups
Variety of substance abuse groups provided  at CORE Center, 2020 W. Harrison.
info: 312-572-4500, ext 4820

Deaf/HIV+ Support Group Information
contact: Deaf Chicagoland AIDS Network, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
 773-296-3737 TTY / 773-296-3220 voice

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance -- GLBT 
Weekly support group for LGBT individuals diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder. Meetings, which are moderated by chapter leaders, are dedicated to improving the lives of individuals living with mood disorders.
Meets Saturdays 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. Ask the receptionist for room number.

Contact 1: Bob
Phone: 872.216.3272
Email: info@dbsa-glbt-chicago.com
Website: www.dbsa-glbt-chicago.com 

Femme to Femme - Chicago
A group for feminine lesbian women of diverse backgrounds, interests and professions.  Monthly meetings provide femme-only space to network, form friendships, find support, and provide outreach to the community.
contact: 773-275-2036 or
 FTF_Chicago@yahoo.com

GenderWork
GenderWork is Chicago's social, support, and activist group for FTM+ (female-assigned, masculine-identified) individuals.  For further information, please visit
 http://genderworkchicago.org.

Grief Support Group
Epiphany United Church of Christ, an Open and Affirming congregation where ALL people are welcome, is offering a Grief Support Group for LGBT people who have experienced the loss of a parent. Weekly group conversations will include grief sharing, self-care, community referrals, and the experience of honoring loss with other LGBT community members.
contact: Epiphany UCC at 773-281-4144.

Harambe Jahard
Support group for gay men of African decent, providing safe place to discuss shared issues.
Meets fourth Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM at Oak Park Area Lesbian Gay Association, 1145 Westgate Suite 106
contact: 708-492-2241 or 708-366-5791
 www.opalga.org

HIV+ Peer Support Group
Englewood Neighborhood Health Center, 641 West 63rd Street, Room L-26. 
Ongoing drop-in group primarily for patients of the Center, but all are welcome.
Meets alternating Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 PM.
contact: 312-747-8911

HIV+ Women’s Drop-In
ICC Conference Center, 4750 N. Sheridan, 1st Floor – King Room. 
Weekly group providing education, training and empowerment. Lunch provided. Food coupons for new clients.
Meets Mondays 12:00-1:30 PM.
contact: 773-271-2242

Island Girls
Cross dressers, admirers, mid-aged lesbians (40-60), transgenders, and transsexuals.
Meets 1st Wednesday of the month at The Edge.
contact: 708-597-8379 or
 www.islandgirlstg.com

M Group
Open support group for gay and bi traditionally married men. Meets at Gale House, 124 N. Kenilworth (at Lake St.) in Oak Park on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Tuesday of the month @ 7 pm.
contact:
 info@mgroupchicago.org or visit www.mgroupchicago.org

OPALGA: Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association
OPALGA - Amigos Latinos Apoyando Siempre (ALAS)
Group for Latino men who identify as gay, bisexual transgender or questioning.
Ages 18 and up. Meets in Oak Park, 947 Garfield
contact: 708-386-3463 or
 alas@opalga.org

OPALGA - PRISM Youth
Youth drop-in for 14-18 years old. Thursdays 6:30-9:00 PM
Meets in Oak Park, 947 Garfield
contact: 708-386-3463 or
 prism@opalga.org

OPALGA - RED
Support group for lesbian and bi women ages 16-26 years old. Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 pm.
Meets in Oak Park, 947 Garfield
contact: 708-386-3463 or
 pinkladies@opalga.org

OPALGA- SPECTRUM Youth
Youth drop-in for 18-25 years old. Mondays 7:00-9:30 PM
Meets in Oak Park, 947 Garfield
contact: 708-386-3463 or
 prism@opalga.org

OPALGA- TGIQ
Drop-in for LGBTQ ages 21 and over. Saturdays from 7:00-10:00 PM
Meets in Oak Park, 947 Garfield
contact: 708-386-3463 or
 prism@opalga.org

OPALGA - Women Like Me
Support for women who are married, divorced or coming out of a marriage and discovering their lesbian or bisexual sexual orientation.  Meets the 4th Sunday of every month from 2:00-4:00 PM
Meets in Oak Park, 947 Garfield
contact: 708-386-3463

PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – Aurora/Fox Valley
New England Congregation Church, United Church of Christ, 406 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Meets on second Sundays @ 2 pm
contact: 630-738-1962

PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – Elgin
Call for location information.
Meets on third Tuesdays @ 7 pm
contact: 847-561-4649

PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – Glenview
Congregation BJBE, 901 Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview
Meets on second Sundays @ 2 pm
contact: 773-472-3079

PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC Student Center East, Room 315, 750 S. Halsted.
Meets on third Sundays @ 2 pm
contact: 773-935-2398 or visit
 www.PFLAGChicago.com

PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – Hinsdale
Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 West Maple
Meets on first Sundays @ 2 pm
contact: 630-415-0622

PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – Oak Park
First United Church Oak Park, 848 Lake Street
Meets on fourth Sundays @ 3 pm
contact: 773-472-3079

PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – Palatine
Countryside Unitarian Church, 1025 N. Smith Road, Palatine
Meets on third Mondays @ 7 pm
contact: 847-358-3994 or
 www.pflag-palatine.org

PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – Wheaton
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 515 S. Wheaton Avenue – DuPage PFLAG Chapter
Meets on third Sundays @ 2 pm
contact: 630-375-7756 or
 www.pflagdupage.org

PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – Woodstock
Congregational Unitarian Church, 221 Dean Street, Woodstock
Meets on second Tuesdays @ 7 pm
contact: 815-338-5615 or 815-385-9068

Positive Force
Social group for gay men living with HIV in Chicago/north east Illinois area. Bowling, pot lucks, movie nights, etc.
Sunday coffee gatherings 2:00-4:00 pm on N. Side outside of  “Boystown.”
To join sign up at
 www.positiveforce.net
contact: info@positiveforce.net

PRISM LGBTQ Youth - Skokie
LGBTQ youth support group for 14-18 years old. Alternating Mondays  4:00-5:30 PM
Meets at Response Center, 9304 N. Skokie Blvd.
contact: 847-676-0078 or
 www.responsecenter.info

Project VIDA – The CRU (Committed, Responsible and United)
Programs for YMSM Latino and African American men ages 15-24.
Group meetings from 1:00-3:00 pm on Saturdays at 2757 South Keeler.1-on-1 sessions also available with a prevention counselor.  
contact:  773- 277-2291   

Project VIDA - "Esperanza"x
Weekly ongoing psychoeducational support group for Spanish-speaking persons living with HIV/AIDS and their affected partners, friends, and family members.  Open pot luck/social meeting every second Tuesday of the month, and relaxation/meditation session every last Tuesday of the month. Pre-registration intake required.  Bus passes and food offered.
Meets Tuesdays 6:45-8:15PM at 2757 South Keeler.
contact:  773- 277-2291    

Project VIDA-"The Importance of Knowledge" 
Ongoing psychoeducational support group targeting African American and English-speaking Latino persons living with HIV/AIDS.  Topics of discussion include relationships, spirituality, adherence, nutrition, goal setting, safe sex, social services, and open to group member's suggestions.  Pre-registration intake required. Bus passes and food offered.
Meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays 1:00-2:30PM at 2757 South Keeler, Chicago.
c ontact: 773-277-2291    

Project VIDA- LINX Program
Discussion/support group for gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and down low Latinos and African-American men ages 15-24.
Meets Saturdays 1:00-3:00 pm @ 2757 South Keeler.  Free food & bus passes available.
contact: 773-277-2291 or
 ccardenas@projectvida.org

QYC - Questioning Youth Center
QYC provides a safe space for 14-20 year-old GLBTQ youth to meet others and get support at drop-in groups in Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Aurora, DeKalb, and Woodstock. Groups are held on weeknights from 6:30-9pm. Discussion groups, game nights, pizza and video nights, guest speakers and more. Allies are always welcome. For more information call 630-415-2053 or log onto
 www.questioningyouth.org.

Team Plus
Promoting a health and supportive community for HIV+ participants in the Gay Games. Providing assistance to those with needs not common for other participants.  Meets Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 pm at Test Positive Aware Network, 5537 N. Broadway, Chicago.
contact:
 teamplusggc@yahoo.com

TPAN– Positive Now
Group for individuals who are either newly diagnosed with HIV, or are recently coming to terms with HIV infection. Group strives to provide support, information, and friendship. Open to men and women of any sexual orientation.
Meets Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 pm at Test Positive Aware Network, 5537 N. Broadway, Chicago.
contact: 773-989-9400, ext. 263

TPAN – Brothers United in Support (BUS)
A peer support, education, and social group for gay and bisexual men of African descent living with HIV.
Meets Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 pm at Test Positive Aware Network, 5537 N. Broadway, Chicago.
contact:  773-989-9400, ext. 263

TPAN – Daytimers
Peer group for people with HIV of any gender, any sexual orientation, who prefer to meet during the day. No facilitator.
Meets Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 am - 12:30 at Test Positive Aware Network, 5537 N. Broadway, Chicago.
contact: 773-989-9400, ext. 263

TPAN – Living Positive
HIV positive men discuss how their status affects life and relationships. Socials and speakers on occasion.
Meets Tuesdays from 7:30-9:00 pm at Test Positive Aware Network, 5537 N. Broadway, Chicago.
contact: 773-989-9400, ext. 263

TPAN – Positive Progress
A peer-led group for HIV positive individuals in recovery. Special emphasis is placed on living a clean and sober lifestyle as a priority to effectively living and dealing with HIV.
Meets Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm at Test Positive Aware Network, 5537 N. Broadway, Chicago.
contact: 773-989-9400, ext. 263

TPAN - TEAM (Treatment Education Advocacy Management)
A comprehensive 18 hour peer-led training program integrating HIV treatment education and secondary prevention in order to provide individuals-both HIV positive and those affected- the training and knowledge to more successfully support individuals impacted by HIV.
contact:  773-989-9400

TPAN – Strong, Healthy and Empowered (SHE)
Join the group for healthy, supportive dialogue addressing the needs, concerns and issues facing women living with HIV.
Meets Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm at Test Positive Aware Network, 5537 N. Broadway, Chicago.
contact: 773-989-9400, ext. 263

TPAN – Spirit Alive|
Through a collaborative efforts of AIDS Pastoral Care Network and TPAN, this group offers those interested in exploring faith, and it’s rich resources for healing. All faiths are respected. Group discussions covers topics such as hope vs. despair, strength in times of adversity, and the existence of a higher power.
Meets Mondays 7:30-9:00 pm at Test Positive Aware Network, 5537 N. Broadway, Chicago.
contact: 773-989-9400, ext. 263

Transgender & Intersex Support Group
Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays of month 7:00-8:30 pm at Howard Brown Health Center.
Open group for FTM, MTF and Intersexed individuals as well as those questioning their gender.  Peer led.
contact: 773-769-0971

Transitions from the Inside Out
Support group focusing on gender identity, whether TG or TS. Meets on the third Sunday of each month
at 17 W. Maple  St., Hinsdale, September through June.
contact: through the Unitarian Church in Hinsdale 630-323-2885.  

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago:LGBTQ Counseling Services for Sexual Assault Survivors
Individual and group counseling for sexual assault, incest, and child sexual abuse survivors.
Free and confidential services in Uptown, Logan Square, Lawndale, and the Loop.
360 N. Michigan Ave.,  Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601
contact: 312-762-2769