Crystal Clear Every Friday 6:00 p.m.
Crystal Meth Recovery and Support Group
Gay, Joyous, and Free Narcotics Anonymous Every Saturday 7:30 p.m.
A weekly support group of LGBTQ individuals who are struggling with and/or recovering from drug addiction.
Sober, Strong and Free Lesbian Group AA Every Friday 7:30 p.m.
A weekly support group offering hope and help to alcoholic lesbian and bisexual women.
Columbus Bi Network Group 1st Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
Columbus Bi Network intends to be a space for and resource to Central Ohio persons who are attracted to more than one gender. Through social events, community outreach initiatives, support groups, and other activities, the Columbus Bi Network facilitates a sense of pride in ourselves and our community.
Stonewall Columbus LGBTQA Grief Support Group
This group was created to help members of the LGBTQA community process the loss of a partner, family member, or chosen family member. Allies who have lost an LGBTQ family member are also welcome. Although this group is facilitated by a trained mental health professional, it is not intended as a mental health treatment. It is a peer-directed community group created to provide mutual support and shared experience.
Stonewall Columbus LGBTQA Loss Support Group
This group was created to help members of our community process and deal with “loss” in their lives such as, but not limited to, a romantic breakup, death of a pet, loss of a job, end of a friendship or any other situation that creates feelings of loneliness, sadness, and isolation. Although this group is facilitated by a trained mental health professional, it is not intended as a mental health treatment. It is a peer-directed community group created to provide mutual support and shared experience.
Contact: To register for this group, please visit stonewallcolumbus.org/lossgroup or call 614-930-2276.
Stonewall Columbus LGBTQ Veterans
This support group serves to respond to the needs of veterans in the community and will be peer directed. Group discussions may include military experiences, benefits/claims/upgrades for discharges, present relationship, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, military sexual trauma and other topics of concern to members.
Men’s Coming Out Group 2nd & 4th Monday 7:00 p.m.
Drop-in discussion group for men of all ages to share their issues with coming out and provide a place to meet others who may be going through the same transition or who have already come out.
Contact: Paul Todd – email@example.com
Older Lesbians Organized for Change (OLOC) 2014 – March 2, May 4, & November 2 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A national organization of older lesbians 60 and over, OLOC has local groups around the country and functions under the leadership of a national Steering Committee. OLOC works toward providing a safe, supportive network for old lesbians while actively working to effect changes that will improve our lives. We challenge ageism wherever we find it, plan opportunities for old lesbians to gather, support and contribute to the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project, and publish a quarterly newsletter.
Contact: Pam Jackson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents of LGBTQA Youth Support Group 3rd Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
This group is intended as an informal gathering where parents can share common experiences and support one another in order to support their LGBTQA children. The first meeting will be Tuesday, May 19th at 7:30 at the Center on High and will meet monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month thereafter. This group is community-based and facilitated by Laura Hansel Grant and is not a Stonewall Columbus support group.
Contact: Laura Hansel Grant – email@example.com
PFLAG – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays 4th Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Not at Center – Meets at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road, Columbus, OH 43214
PFLAG promotes support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends, and allies.
Stonewall Columbus Transgender Therapy Group
Stonewall Columbus’ Transgender Therapy Group is for those who identify as transgender, gender variant, gender queer, non-binary, or are questioning their gender identity. The group is intended to provide a safe and therapeutic space to explore topics related to identity, transitioning, coming out, transphobia, relationships, mental health, and other relevant issues to the group. The therapy group is run by licensed mental health professionals. Register for the group here.
Transgender, Cross Dressing, Gender Variant Peer Support Group 1st Wednesday 7:00 p.m. & 3rd Sunday 3:00 p.m.
This is a peer led support group. Open to everyone – FtM, MtF, Cross Dressers, Gender Queer, Intersexed, etc. Facilitated by TransOhio staff. Drop-ins welcome.
Women’s Coming Out Group
All of those self-identifying as lesbians are welcome, especially women age 35+. Discussions center on 1) knowing and accepting yourself, 2) maintaining or gaining health during a time of significant change, and 3) getting to know the LGBTQ community. Although this group is facilitated by a trained mental health professional, it is not intended as a mental health treatment. It is a peer-directed community group created to provide mutual support and shared experience.
Additional information at stonewallcolumbus.org/womencomingout
Contact: To register for this group, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-930-2276. There is a brief screening process and we require commitment of participation.
Girls Game Night 2nd & 4th Tuesday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
All ladies over the age of 18 are welcome. This group is a way to meet ladies outside of the bar scene. The group plays a variety of board and card games. Come join us for a fun evening! Bring your friends and your favorite game!
OutLoud Every Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Drop in anytime for coffee, snacks, conversation, or just to hang out someplace that isn’t home. We’ll discuss hot topics and LGBTQ history using current literature, movies and documentaries, and guest speakers. OutLoud is very informal and is perfect for those of you who aren’t necessarily “group” people. Come as you are, stop in for a few minutes on your way by, or plan to hang out with us for the entire 3 hours. Contribute to the conversations, just sit and listen, or sneak in to snag a cup of coffee and a treat. Drop in and hang out on Saturday afternoons and be a part of the community. Everyone is welcome! Check out the group’s website for all of the current information.
Rainbow Sisters 1st Wednesday 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Not at Center – Meets at 5400 Karl Road – Columbus, OH 43229
Rainbow Sisters is a social and community-oriented group for lesbian womyn age 40 and over. The focus of the group is to facilitate social events and develop outreach services to assist others. The group is also intended to be a safe place for lesbians to meet and socialize with other women.
Stonewall Columbus Hiking Club Regular Hikes, Check Website for Details
Join our Stonewall Columbus Hiking Club and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature as we visit some of Central Ohio’s most scenic trails. There will be hikes for all levels of experience and fitness, so sign up now! Have fun…and get fit! Hikes are held on the 3rd Saturday of most months.
Sign-up for email updates: stonewallcolumbus.org/hikingclub
Stonewall Columbus Runners’ Connection Bi-Monthly Spring through Fall
This group meets bi-monthly on a seasonal basis (Spring through Fall). The group initially meets at Stonewall to learn the basics of effective running for good overall health, exercise, race training and fun. The regular bi-monthly meetings are held as outings at a variety of locations in Columbus to run/walk. All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to join us!
Stonewall Columbus Photography Club Regular Photography, Check Website for Details
Take your best shot! Join our Stonewall Columbus LGBTQ and Allies Digitial SLR Photography Group. Expand your photographic knowledge and expertise by sharing your work with your peers at monthly meetings. Frequent group trips to interesting and photo-worthy locations will be part of the activities. Several exhibitions of the group’s work will be presented at The Center on High during the year.
Sign-up for email updates: stonewallcolumbus.org/photographyclub
Stonewall Columbus Trailblazers – Our Age 50+ Program Varies
The Trailblazers is a new program at Stonewall Columbus for LGBTQ Adults ages 50+ that was created through a generous gift from The Legacy Fund. Trailblazer events include seminars, computer workshops, The Trailblazer Newsletter, and Social Outings.
Each year Stonewall hosts a series of seminars and a series on eldercare starts this fall. Topics include understanding LGBTQ adult’s needs, building the LGBTQ caregiver’s toolbox, building support networks and preventing caregiver burnout, and legal issues facing LGBTQ adults.
Stonewall Columbus also conducts a free computer workshop for Trailblazers designed to make participants more comfortable with computers and help them stay connected to the community. Workshops are fun and have a small class size so that everyone can get to know each other and get plenty of attention from the instructors.
The Trailblazer Newsletter is coming out this summer and will feature articles, photography and editing by and for Trailblazers. And of course we have our incredibly popular SocialOutings! Once a month Trailblazers meet at the Center on High and get a ride to the theater or a concert, and then finish up at Union Cafe for discounted food and drinks.
The Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival has a special Trailblazer Lounge where you can get out of the sun, relax, and even use separate estrooms. Ask about getting a Trailblazer wristband so you can get in! This year has been busy for the Trailblazers, and there is still much more to come, so join us!
Stonewall Columbus Trans Social Group 3rd Wednesday
A safe space for transgender identified individuals (transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, intersex, gender fluid, and gender questioning) to build community with peers through monthly social outings. Events are held in safe spaces so you can be open about your transgender identity, however this is not a support group, it is simply a space to be yourself while making some new friends and having fun!
Contact: Liam Gallagher at email@example.com
TransOhio Partners’ Discussion Group 2nd Wednesday 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The TransOhio Partners Discussion Group is an opportunity for people to talk about common issues, to receive support, to exchange resources and to openly share personal experiences, personal frustrations and fears, the high’s and the low’s, dealing with children, friends, family, managing social situations and addressing issues of sexuality, personal identity, and social perceptions. This group is for Non-Trans partners (dating, married, co-habitation, etc) only.
This group is faciliated by Sarah (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ariel.
Contact: Sarah at email@example.com
Women’s Book Club 3rd Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
A primarily lesbian group with members from many backgrounds and ages. Friendly, thought-provoking discussions on a range of topics, generally related to the month’s book. The books vary in genre, ranging from non-fiction to poetry to historical literature to light ‘beach-reads.’ The group is very diverse and provides an opportunity for meeting members of the community.
Contact: Sonia – firstname.lastname@example.org (614) 477-6077
2015 Reading List
January – The Alchemist – by Paul Coelho
February – The Gardener of Aria Manor – by A.L. Duncan
March – The Dinner by – Herman Koch
April – In the Garden of Beasts – by Erik Larson
May – The Man Who Loved China – by Simon Winchester
June – They Say She Tastes like Honey – by Michelle Sawyer
July – The Genesis Code – by John Case
August – Nighthawks on the New River – by Trudy Brandenburg
September – Are You My Mother – by Alison Bechdel
October – Not That Kind of Girl – by Lena Dunham
November – The Fair Fight: a Novel – by Anna Freeman
December – Holiday Party!