SUPPORT GROUPS AT THE LGBTQ CENTER

All groups, unless otherwise specified, are held at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center at 300 Wall St., in Kingston.

ADOPTIVE PARENT SUPPORT GROUP

Free for all Adoptive Parents, support groups can be a great place to speak with others that are going through the same frustrations and stress you are going through. It is comforting to know you are not alone in this journey. Come together with other parents in a safe, non-judgment space facilitated by adoptive parents to share and connect with others. All adoptive families are welcome. Childcare provided.

Calendar: Last Sunday of Every Month, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Contact: f.brenner@lgbtqcenter.org

ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS (ACA)  HAYES-WAITE LIBRARY

• Steps to emotional sobriety (Sundays from 11:30—12:30 pm)
• Open to anyone suffering from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional family.

AL-ANON  HAYES-WAITE LIBRARY

• Rainbow Promise Group (Wednesdays from 6 – 7 pm)
• Offers a discussion based on readings from Al-Anon literature.
• All friends and family of alcoholics are welcome.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA) AT THE CENTER HAYES-WAITE LIBRARY

  • Serenity at the Center (Fridays from 7—8 pm)

  • Rainbow Sobriety (Saturdays from 6—7 pm)

  • A Vision For You (Sundays from 10—11 am)

BABY & TODDLER CIRCLE

Join us for support, friendship and play during our new meetup for LGBTQ and allied parents and families with babies. We’ll build community among adults while nurturing family bonding with play and circle time.

Calendar: Meets 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Contact: hkellylgbtq@gmail.com

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP

Caregivers’ Support Group

Description: Peer support group open to all caregivers. Sponsored by Jewish Family Services and facilitated by Paula Lockshon.

Calendar: Meets the first Thursday of each month from 3:00–4:15 p.m. in the Center at the Hayes-Waite Library.

Contact: Farrell Brenner, f.brenner@lgbtqcenter.org

DRAG BINGO

Bingo is such a drag with your local queenie hosts. You don’t want to miss this--friends, laughs, and prizes abound! $5 suggested donation. Every first Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

FIBER FANATICS

A group of LGBTQ individuals and their allies who love all aspects of fiber arts and/or crafts.

Calendar: Meets every Tuesday at the Center from 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Contact: jcjcluv@aol.com

Link: https://www.facebook.com/lgbtqfiberfanatics

HUDSON VALLEY QUEER OUTDOORS

Every month, a group of LGBTQ hikers and outdoor-lovers go on a hike somewhere in the Hudson Valley. Check out our calendar or go to the Hudson Valley Queer Outdoors website to find out more about the next hike.

KEY OF Q

Description: Hudson Valley’s local LGBTQ and allied a capella chorus. Auditions twice a year with regular concerts.

Calendar: Rehearsals on Monday nights at the Center.

Contact: keyofqchorus@gmail.com

Link: www.keyofq.org

LEG (LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENDERS)

Description: Meeting for transgender and nonbinary youth (middle and high school). Activities include activism, education, peer mentoring, and socialization.

Calendar: Meets every first and third Wednesday at the Center from 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Contact: Laura Brown, l.brown@lgbtqcenter.org

LGBTQ COMMUNITY FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Description: A working group of individuals educating the LGBTQ and wider community about mass incarceration.

Calendar: Meets on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at the Center at 3:00 p.m.

Contact: jb9ski@optonline.net

Link: https://www.facebook.com/LGBTQRacialJustice/

LGBTQ+ABILITY

A discussion and support group for members of the LGBTQ and disabled community.

Meets at:

Taconic Resources for Independence
82 Washington Ave,Suite 214
Poughkeepsie, NY

Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month
5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.

Contact Caelan, to RSVP in advance: c.manning@taconicresources.org or call/text: 845-452-3903 ext. 113

*If you require an American Sign-Language interpreter, please RSVP 1-2 weeks in advance*

LGBTQ YOUTH BOOK CLUB

Our new LGBTQ book club for queer teens (ages 12-19) and our allies who love to read QYA (Queer Young Adult) Fiction! Newcomers are always welcome any week. Together we’ll cover cornerstone writers and discover new voices! Discussion and readings lead by a QYA obsesser just like yourself.

We’ll kick off book club by reading The Misfits, by James Howe. The novel follows the “Gang of Five,” a fun, complicated and outsider cast of human beings you’ll fall in love with.

Books generously provided by co-sponsor GLSEN Hudson Valley!

Schedule: Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month 4-5:30 p.m.
Contact: billiem.grant@gmail.com

MAST KINGSTON

Description: For those interested in engaging in personal relationships that are based upon the conscious exchange of power and authority.

Calendar: Meets every third Sunday at the Center from 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Contact: mastkingstonny@gmail.com

MEN’S GROUP

Description: The Gay Men’s Discussion Group of the Hudson Valley is a group of gay and bisexual men (and those who identify as male) who meet for discussion on topics of interest to the gay community.

Calendar: Meets on the first and second Thursdays of the month at the Center, and also offers monthly social events and movie nights.

Contact: Gene Knapp, genek64@aol.com
Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/49671864619/

OLD LESBIANS ORGANIZING FOR CHANGE

Description: All lesbians age 60 years or older are welcome. Meetings include potluck followed by discussion or program.

Calendar: Meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Center from 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Contact: rettsie@gmail.com

Link: http://oloc.org/

PFLAG KINGSTON

Description: PFLAG, formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is the United States’ largest organization for parents, families, friends, and allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ).

Calendar: Meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Center at 7:00 p.m.

Contact: Fran Divine, frandivine@gmail.com

Link: https://www.pflag.org/

QUEER FAMILY MEETUP

We’re a fun, monthly social meetup for queer families of any variety with early grade & elementary aged kids!

Calendar: Meets once a month on a weekend.

Contact: j.salt@lgbtqcenter.org

QUEER YOUNG ADULT MEETUP

A discussion and support group for Queer Young Adults (“QYA”), ages 18-24, to connect, explore the queer experience, and be themselves in a safe and supportive space. All LGBTQ young adults (ages 18-24) welcomed and light refreshments will be served. Meeting takes place at Dutchess Community College (53 Pendell Rd. in Poughkeepsie) in Hudson Hall room 315.

Calendar: Meets every second Wednesday at 7pm.

Contact: j.salt@lgbtqcenter.org

REFUGE RECOVERY

Meets Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm, in the Library.

Refuge Recovery is a non-theistic, Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds. We are a community of people dedicated to the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity, using meditation and kindness to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

Our weekly peer-led meetings include guided meditations, readings from the book Refuge Recovery, and group sharing and discussion.

Open to people of all backgrounds and respectful of all recovery paths, these meetings are appropriate for anyone in, or interested in, recovery from any forms of addictive behavior. No
prior meditation experience necessary. Always free; donations to the Center are welcome.

Contact: filmcoman1@mac.com

Link: www.facebook.com/fournoble/

SEXUAL COMPULSIVE ANONYMOUS  HAYES-WAITE LIBRARY

  • Experience, Strength & Hope (Thursdays from 7 – 8 pm)

  • Alternates speaker/discussion & Big Book discussion.

  • Open to all desiring to stop patterns of sexual compulsion & addiction.

SOLIDARITY THURSDAY

Join us at the Beverly during the pop-up queer bar “Pansy Club” for a political action night. The Center will provide discussion, materials, and tips on how to take action for LGBTQ justice.

Every third Thursday, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Beverly Lounge
224 Foxhall Ave, Kingston, NY 12401

STEPPING OUT

Description: A Center discussion and peer support group for LGBTQ adults (18+) who are at any stage of coming out.

Calendar: Meets every first and third Monday at the Center from 6:00–7:30 p.m.

Contact: f.brenner@lgbtqcenter.org or call 845-331-5300.

TEEN NIGHT

The Hudson Valley Queer Youth Project organizes a monthly teen night for all LGBTQ and allied youth ages 12-19. Teen nights features music, dances, workshops, art-making, and friends. Dinner is always provided. Suggested donation is $5 but no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Every third Friday, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

THE RAINBOW AFTER  HAYES-WAITE LIBRARY

A peer support group based on 12 Step Recovery for adult survivors of incest and sexual abuse (Second and fourth Mondays from 7 – 8 pm)

For more information call the center at 845.331.5300.

TRANS MOVEMENT STORYTELLING GROUP

Together we will create a series of storytelling performances through physical movement, spoken word, light projections and music. Open to all transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary individuals.

Calendar: Mondays, 8:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Contact: f.brenner@lgbtqcenter.org

TRANS SPECTRUM DISCUSSION GROUP

Description: A Center discussion and peer support group for people of transgender experience, and those who identify as genderqueer, nonbinary, or under the broader trans umbrella.

Calendar: Meets every first and third Wednesday at the Center from 7:30–9:00 p.m.

Contact: f.brenner@lgbtqcenter.org or call 845-331-5300.

VOICES OF DIVERSITY

Description: Social and support group bringing together the Hudson Valley’s people of color who identify as LGBTQ.

Calendar: This group is on a hiatus. Stay tuned for more details.

Contact: VoiceDiversity@aol.com

WOMEN’S GROUP

Description: A Center group welcoming of all women, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender expression, age, and personal experience.

Calendar: Meets at the Center on the second Friday of each month, from 7:00–9:00 p.m. and plans OUT & About, a group activity, on each fourth Friday.

Contact: 4womensgroup@gmail.com