Groups -- Sexual Orientation

LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender)

Champaign

Access UP! (2013 F,L)
This on-line group is part of the Uniting Pride (UP) Center of Champaign County. The group hopes for dialogue among individuals with disabilities and their allies. Topics of conversation are not limited. They can include accessibility, independence, community building, and sexuality (heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, and any other identity you choose). The group is open to all individuals over the age of 18. To stay connected with the group, join on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/434291759998217/members.
Call: UP Center- (217) 550-4248
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Local Website: unitingpride.org

BLEND UP (Building Local EthNic Dialogue UP) (2012)
This support and discussion group is for same-gender loving people of color in the Urbana-Champaign community. Adult men, women, and transgender people of all identities, ages 18 and up, are welcome to join. Discussion topics include family, relationships, school, work, and defining yourself. This group is not currently meeting. Please e-mail for more information.
Call: UP Center- (217) 550-4248
Email: -
Local Website: unitingpride.org
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Brother II Brother (2009 F,P/L)
This community group is for young gay and bisexual men of color. The group provides a safe place for men to come together, socialize, have fun, and be themselves in a supportive environment. It is sponsored by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (C-UPHD). Meets Wed., 7:00-10:00 p.m., Mspot, 24 E. Green St., Green Street Center, Ste. 14, Champaign.
Call: Susan Johnson (217) 531-5373
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Write: Susan Johnson, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 W. Kenyan Rd., Champaign, IL 61820

Face2Face (2008 A,L)
This support group provides personal, confidential support, and information to straight partners of current or former gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender mates. For support, information, or to be placed on a list to form a local group, visit the website or e-mail. Contact: Shelly.
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National Website: straightspouse.org

Families Group (2012 F,P)
This group focuses on specific needs of LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, questioning, allied) parents and children. This group provides separate programming opportunities for children of LGBTQA parents, LQBTQA parents, and the family. Call for more information.
Call: UP Center- (217) 550-4248
Email: -
Local Website: unitingpride.org

Gal UP
This group is for women of any sexual orientation to come together in a safe space to discuss their lives and socialize. Topics for discussion can relate to the coming out process, being an ally, developing friendships, and networking within the community, spiritual and religious topics, dating, and more. Meets 4th Wed. 6:00-7:30 p.m. Please call or e-mail for more information.
Call: UP Center- (217) 550-4248
Email:
Local Website: unitingpride.org

Man UP: Men Against Negativity (2012 F,L)
This peer-facilitated group is for GBTQ (gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning) men. On the 1st and 3rd Tues. 6:30-8:00 p.m., the group meets in a peer support setting with focused discussions on topics such as the coming out process, developing friendships within the community, dating, and more. On the 2nd and 4th Tues., at the same times, group meets in a social setting for casual discussion, games, movies, and more.
Call: UP Center- (217) 550-4248
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Local Website: unitingpride.org

Talk it UP - LGBTQ Youth Support Group (2010 F,P)
This peer-run LGBTQ support group is for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) middle- and high-school youth. LGBTQ youth can expect an atmosphere of acceptance and support while meeting other LGBTQ youth. The group is co-facilitated by two adults experienced in working with youth. However, the group is led by youth participants. Topics of conversation include coming out, dating, talking to parents, and other issues relevant to LGBTQ youth. Meets Mon., 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Call: UP Center- (217) 550-8954
Email: -
Local Website: unitingpride.org
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Transgender Support Group (Intersections) (2014 F,L)
This group is for members of the transgender community to come together in a safe space to discuss our lives and socialize. Topics for discussion can relate to the coming out process, transitioning, becoming comfortable with ourselves, and living as a trans person in general society, dating, and more - all while developing friendships and networking within the community. A private changing room is available adjacent to the meeting space. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thurs. from 6:30-8:00 p.m. For times between meetings, there is a private Facebook group.
Call: UP Center- (217) 550-4248
Email:
Local Website: unitingpride.org

UParent (2016, F,L)
This group is a peer-led support and education group operated through and supported by the UP Center. This group is open to parents/guardians of transgender or gender-questioning children of all ages. This is a non-judgmental space for those who want to meet other parents and guardians for support and socialization. Meets first Thursday of each month from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Please check website for location information.
Call: UP Center- (217) 550-4248 or Staci Poe- (872) 205-0960
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Local Website: unitingpride.org/#!uparent/c1mup

What's UP (2012 F,L)
This group is for LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and ally) people aged 18-25 to come together and work out problems, rant, socialize, philosophize, commiserate, speculate, or just plain talk. Every meeting has a specific discussion topic, and often a speaker will help keep the discussion going and answer questions. Although meetings have assigned topics, it is possible that we may discuss many things one day and stick to one thing on another. The needs of the group dictate whether or not we stick to one topic since the group focus is on the needs and interests of members.
Call: UP Center- (217) 550-4248
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Local Website: unitingpride.org
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Women of Pride (2008 F,L)
This group provides a weekly discussion group and opportunities to participate in a wide range of community activities to foster a sense of community among women of all sexual orientations. Meets Fri., 6:30 p.m., 616 E. Green St. Ste. 212, Urbana, IL 61820.
Call: Sarah Mowitz (217) 244-8863
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Local Website: go.illinois.edu/lgbt
Write: Sarah Mowitz, 616 E. Green St. Ste. 212, Urbana, IL 61820