Groups


Updated March 14, 2014

Call 255-8582 or send e-mail to angier@lgbtoutreach.org for more information

***any group wanting to meet at OutReach should contact Angie Rehling at the above phone or e-mail.

***Please call to check about meeting status around holidays

During periods of severe or inclement weather, call 255-8582 to see if OutReach will be open or if the group will be meeting.

(# denotes OutReach sponsored/supported group)

ALL MEETINGS HELD AT OUTREACH (600 WILLIAMSON STR.) UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Listed in alphabetical order.

Al Anon LGBT (affected family & friends of alcoholics)

**every Tuesday night at 5:30 pm
For more information, contact OutReach at 255-8582

Alcoholics Anonymous (LGBT friendly) [ON HIATUS]

**every Saturday, 6-8pm

For more information, contact OutReach at 255-8582

Alianza Latina*

OutReach and Alianza Latina are working together to offer a safe meeting space for Latino youth and their Allies. Alianza Latina Youth is a group for young Latino people from 7th grade to 12th grade that are questioning, need help, or information about their sexuality. This group was established to help young Latinos educate themselves and have a safe place where they can feel free to be who they are. We know that as Latino people, our culture is sometimes really close minded and finding a place where we can feel safe is really hard. In Alianza Latina Youth, we provide a place to be yourself without being discriminated.

The group meets the second Thursday of the month from 7:00-9:00pm.
CONTACT INFO: Baltazar De Anda-Santana at baltazarveracourt@yahoo.com or alianzalatina1@gmail.com
* Alianza Latina is a group of Vera Court Neighborhood Center.

Bi-Intention [ON HIATUS]

Bi Intention is a social and support group for bisexuals, pansexuals, omnisexuals and our wonderful lesbian, gay, trans and straight allies. We are hosting discussion nights, support group nights and social outings in the Madison area.
The group meets the second Thursday of the month from 7:00-9:00pm.
If you have any further questions or would like more info, contact Victor at badger2305@gmail.com

#Coming Out to Your Partner

We are a peer-led, confidential support group for people who are somewhere along the journey of coming out to a heterosexual partner. This can mean they are currently considering coming out, came out to their partner years ago, or anywhere in between.
CONTACT INFO: Email Courtney at cotypgroup@gmail.com

#Folk-Singer’s Group

This group was formed for people who love to perform music. Come sing and play folk music at OutReach!
**Meets the FIRST and THIRD Wednesday of the month at 1pm.
CONTACT INFO: Call OutReach at 608.255.8582 or email Fay at suticilef@gmail.com

# Friends To Be With

A social group for folks with developmental and/or physical disabilities and their allies.
**First Wednesday of the month from 7:30-8:30pm.
For more information, email Court at friendstobewith@gmail.com

FTM GenderQueer Group

Peer-led, non-professional, social/support group for FTM's, genderqueers, transsexual men, drag kings, butches, intersex trans men, and anyone else assigned female at birth who identifies as masculine. Significant others, friends, families, and allies are encouraged to attend and participate in meetings. Diversity in gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, and anything else that makes up a person is welcomed.
**Fourth Mondays from 6-8pm
CONTACT INFO: Email MadisonFTM-owner@yahoogroups.com

# Gray and Gay Senior Discussion Group

**Meets first and third Thursday of the month from 1-3pm
Madison Senior Center (330 West Mifflin St.)
For more info, send email to mail@LGBTseniors.org

# Grrl Flicks

For any womon (Lesbian, Bi, Trans, or Straight allies) who is interested in seeing lesbian films of all varieties.
**Third Friday of the month at 7pm.
For more info, contact Brenda at femmewomon@yahoo.com

#Happy Hour – on hiatus

OutReach’s LGBT Senior Alliance is starting Happy Hour at local Madison bars. The Happy Hour is a place for LGBT Seniors to socialize and meet new people.
CONTACT INFO: Email Fay at suticilef@gmail.com or mail@LGBTseniors.org

#Have You Lost Faith in Faith?

Many LGBTQ people feel disconnected to faith or religion for many reasons. This group is a meeting space to discuss the question of lost faith. The group meets the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 1:30-3:30pm at the downtown Madison Public Library, room 111, 201 W. Mifflin St. The group is sponsored by OutReach’s LGBT Senior Alliance.

CONTACT INFO: Email Linda at lgbtcoexist@yahoo.com

Kink and Gender

Kink and Gender is an all-inclusive pansexual discussion group for all Kinky/BDSM/Leather transgender folks and their friends, families, loved ones, playmates, and allies for mutual support and exchange of ideas. We try to keep our discussions focused on the issues of how kink informs/overlaps with various trans/gender-related issues in our. We abide by the rules of a safe space. Whatever is said in the group stays in the group. We ask participants to leave their interpersonal power dynamics at the door prior to each meeting. We honor each other's gender self-identification. We ask participants to be respectful of each other and treat each other as you would like to be treated. The group meets the third Monday of the month at 5:30pm.
CONTACT INFO: Send an email to Kink and Gender Coordinator at kinkandgender@outlook.com

LGBTQ Narratives

This is a queer activist-writers' group in which participants produce and share personal narratives and other creative works.
>>>Please contact lgbtqnarratives@gmail.com for a brief screening interview before attending a meeting.
**First and Third Wednesdays of the month at 7pm
CONTACT INFO: Please contact lgbtqnarratives@gmail.com before attending a meeting.

Members of LGBTQ Narratives also host a monthly open mic for queers and allies.
For more information about the open mic, contact queerspeakmadison@gmail.com.

#LGBT Survivors
This is a peer-led, 18+ group for LGBT people who are survivors of suicide. This group will offer a safe space for those who need to talk about their experiences and life. This group will meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm, starting March 25th.
CONTACT INFO: Email Libby or Austen at lgbtqsurvivors@gmail.com

Madison Cross-dressers Support Group

** Meets 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 6:30-8pm
This group meets separately from the Transgender Social/Support Group that meets the same nights.
CONTACT INFO: Email Wayne at wayneg@lgbtoutreach.org or call 608.255.8582

Madison Transgender Social/Support Group

Meets 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 7-9pm.
Meets 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 3-5pm.
CONTACT INFO: Email Wayne at wayneg@lgbtoutreach.org or call 608.255.8582

# Men's Coming Out Group

This is a closed group that meets weekly on Wednesday nights for 10 weeks. The purpose of the group is to offer support to men who are dealing with the realization they are not heterosexual and how that affects their everyday lives and to support those people. The group will identify and discuss the stages of coming out and explore topics such as how to deal with one's own feelings about coming out, family members, physical and sexual safety, legal rights and discrimination, and more. Future meetings may be set up on a needed basis.
CONTACT INFO: Email Roger at rogerbadger@msn.com

#Men’s Domestic Violence Survivors Support Group

This group is a crisis-based peer-led support group for male-identifying individuals dealing with the effects of emotional, verbal, and physical abuse by a partner or ex-partner. The group is offered in conjunction with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

NOTE: Date, time, and location to be determined.
**Please email or call for an initial screening process prior to group participation.
CONTACT INFO: Email Eric or Derek at men.dv.support@gmail.com

#No Pain, No Gain -- Chronic Pain Support Group [ON HIATUS]

This group is for you, the chronic pain suffer. We are here to help each other cope and to give hope to all. This is a Peer to Peer group to share info about coping, education and treatments regarding Chronic Pain. (The meetings and information given are not provided by professionals). Though we will do our best to give accurate and helpful information from respected sources and peer experiences, we suggest to always speak with your doctors before making any changes in your treatment! We meet every second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm.
CONTACT INFO: David at ContactNoPainNoGain@gmail.com or 608-770-8574

#Out and About in Madison

Looking for a place to find people to just do stuff with? You found it. Weekly Saturday night dinners out (getting out of the house is a good thing during the winter!) are already happening in our "Not Date Night" group. Each week a different restaurant.
CONTACT INFO: Email Michael at outandaboutinmadison@gmail.com OR
visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/outandaboutinmadison/

#OutReach of Rock County

OutReach expanded its support network into Rock County in November 2010. The objective of the group is to offer support, social activities, fundraising events, referral, and information to the residents of Rock County. The group meets the first and third Mondays of the month from 6-8pm at First Christian Church (an open and affirming church) located at 1909 Highland Ave, Janesville, WI, 53548.
CONTACT INFO: : Call OutReach at 608.255.8582 or email orock@lgbtoutreach.org

# OutThere (18-24 social group)

**movie nights, trips, social gatherings and the like.
Meets every Sunday at 5pm.
CONTACT INFO: Email Adam at outtheremadisonwi@gmail.com

#Partners of People Who Are Transgender

This group is a source of support and connection for partners or spouses of people who have a partner or spouse who is transgender. This peer group is a way to connect with others who have had or currently are in relationships with people who are Trans*. The group meets the fourth Friday of the month at 7:00pm.
CONTACT INFO: Email Sarah at partnersoftransgenderpeople@yahoo.com

Poly Out

**First Friday of the month from 7:30-9pm
For more information, email Lisa at l.griesel@yahoo.com

# Q-Cinema International

LGBTQA multi-cultural film/social group focuses on bringing people together to explore sexual orientation issues from multi-cultural and international perspectives. We are a group of movie enthusiasts who will gather at OutReach every 2nd and 4th Wednesday nights of the month at 6:30pm. The movies shown deal with LGBT issues from different countries and cultures. Pop-corn, stimulating discussions and laughter are provided FREE!! We welcome you to join us in exploring this wonderful world of Queer International cinema.

**Second & Fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6:30pm, Only meeting the Second Wednesdays from June to August.

April's selections are:

Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 pm
Manay Po (2006, Philippines, 100 mins)

Determined jeweler Luz struggles to succeed in business and to keep her family together. Her three gay sons are her pride and joy, and their intermingled lives are the source of much drama, love and laughter in this engaging Filipino comedy.

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 pm
Out Loud (2013, Lebanon, 102 mins)

A young gay couple must flee from their repressive and vengeful families. They are joined in flight by their closest friends and the band forms an unconventional family. The sextet enjoy halcyon days and nights, aware that the outside world and all its dangers threaten to destroy all that they have built.
The first Lebanese film with a overt gay theme.

For more information or be added to the mailing list, email JJ at qcinemainternational@yahoo.com

# Rainbow Connection

A support group for LGBTQ people who have dealt with or are dealing with mental health challenges
**Second and Fourth Thursday of the month from 3:30-6pm
CONTACT INFO: Email Nancy at lgbtrainbowconnections@gmail.com

# Salon Q (ON HIATUS)

An inclusive adult social/discussion group for LGBTQA people
For more information, contact OutReach at 255-8582

#Stable Grounds

An 18+, peer-led group for people who are LGBTQ and homeless. The group meets the fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7pm at OutReach.

CONTACT INFO: Email Larissa or Kasey at stablegroundsoutreach@gmail.com

#The Paths We Walk

This group is for LGBT-identified people who also identify as Pagan. This is a peer-led, safe, and positive group looking at the history of Paganism and its practices. Hopes to challenge and address the “solitary-ness” some pagans may feel. The group will also look at how the Pagan faith vs. witchcraft. More topics to come! The group will meet starting in April on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 1:00-3:00pm.
CONTACT INFO: Call OutReach or Email Angie at angier@lgbtoutreach.org

# Women4Women Social Group

**Second Saturdays of the month from 3-5pm
CONTACT INFO: Email Lalita at w4wmadison@gmail.com

#Womyn’s Domestic Violence Survivors Support Group (ON HIATUS)

This group is a crisis-based peer-led support group for female-identifying individuals dealing with the effects of emotional, verbal, and physical abuse by a partner or ex-partner. The group is offered in conjunction with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).
**Please email or call for an initial screening process prior to group participation.
**Meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm at an undisclosed location.
CONTACT INFO: Call OutReach at 608.255.8582 or email womynDVgroup@gmail.com

#Womyn’s Coming Out Group

A peer-led, closed group for womyn who are questioning their sexuality or dealing with the realization they are not heterosexual. The group will help people understand and deal with how that affects their everyday lives and offer support through the coming out process. The group will identify and discuss the stages of coming out and explore topics such as how to deal with one’s own feelings about coming out, family members, physical and sexual safety, legal rights and discrimination, and more. The group will meet the first Monday of the month starting April 7th, 2014 at 5:30pm.
CONTACT INFO: Email Angie or Petrovnia at womynscomingout@gmail.com