SOCIAL AND SUPPORT GROUPS  

WORKING HARD TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY

The North County LGBTQ Resource Center works hard to provide services that are pertinent to our community. Please check our website often to see all the new programs, groups, classes, and workshops we are constantly adding.

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AVAILABLE SOCIAL AND SUPPORT GROUPS

Youth & Family


Gay/Straight Alliance – Vista Library

  • Meet up with other LGBTQ youth and allies for fun, snacks, conversation, and a safe space
  • Vista Branch Library
  • 700 Eucalyptus Ave,
  • Vista, CA 92084
  • Ages 11-14
  • Meets the first Saturday of every month at 10:00 AM
Our Circle
  • Our Circle is a safe haven for all of North County’s young LGBTQI community. It is not a therapy group. It is a friendly and casual gathering that allows members to share the highs and lows of their lives. The group is free to attend and open to ages 14-18
  • Meets every Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM.
Our Space – Encinitas
  • Come meet up with other LGBTQ and Allied youth in a safe and friendly atmosphere. This social/support group takes place in the
  • Encinitas Library,
  • 540 Cornish Drive,
  • Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Ages 14-18
  • Meets third Sunday afternoon of every month from 12-1:30pm
Our Space – Poway
  • Come meet up with other LGBTQ youth in a safe and friendly atmosphere. This social/support group takes place in the
  • St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church,
  • 16275 Pomerado Rd,
  • Poway, CA 92064
  • 760-753-7376
  • LGBTQ+ high school-age youth meets second and fourth Tuesday evening of every month from 6:30 - 8:30pm
Our Space - San Marcos
  • Meet up with other LGBTQ + Allied middle school youth in a safe and friendly space to hang out, socialize, eat snacks, and have fun.
  • San Marcos Library Community Room,
  • 2 Civic Center Drive,
  • San Marcos, CA 92069
  • Meets the second Saturday of every month from 9:30-11:00 AM
PFLAG
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Click here for additional information regarding the PFLAG program.
  • North County Inland – Rancho Bernardo, 16783 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, 92128
  • contact: northcountyinland@pflag.coM
  • Meets on the third Thursday evening of every month from 7:00-9:00 PM
  • North County Coastal – Carlsbad
  • 2020 Chestnut Avenue (Pilgrim Children’s Center)
  • Carlsbad, 92008
  • contact: northcountycoastal@pflag.com
  • Meets on the first Monday evening of every month from 7:00-9:00 PM
The Round Table
  • The Round Table is a discussion group for LGBTQ individuals, ages 19-29, seeking community, acceptance and a safe space to explore a variety of topics, from experiences in the community, to dating and friendships. For more info, contact the group coordinator, Ali Rahimzadeh, MTF, at aarahimz@gmail.com
  • Meets every Thursday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM
​​​​​​​ Safe Space - Escondido
  • Meet up with LGBTQ + Allied youth ages 12 to 17 in a safe and friendly space to be yourself, meet new people and participate in crafty activities. All facilitators are volunteers for the North County LGBTQ Resource Center's Project Youth.
  • Escondido Public Library
  • 239 S Kalmia St,
  • Escondido, CA 92025
  • Meets the second Thursday of every month from 4:15-5:45 PM
​​​​​​​ Safe Space - San Marcos
  • Meet up with LGBTQ + Allied youth ages 11 to 18 in a safe and friendly space to be yourself, meet new people and participate in crafty activities. In partnership with the North County LGBTQ Resource Center's Project Youth.
  • San Marcos Public Library
  • 2 Civic Center Dr,
  • San Marcos, CA 92069
  • Meets the first Monday of every month at 4:30 PM
​​​​​​​ TransFamily Support Group
  • TransFamily Support Group creates a safe environment with guided discussion for transgender and gender-nonconforming children, teens, and young adults to explore a multitude of topics around gender identity and expression.
  • Parents and other family members will meet separately to experience and express support, obtain resources, and learn more about what they and their children are experiencing. TransFamily Support Group will help individuals and families navigate the journey when a member is transitioning from birth-assigned to identified and expressed gender. Contact: info@transfamilysos.org
  • Meets the third Sunday of every month from 1:00-2:30 PM




Unicorn Homes


Unicorn Homes is a program of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in partnership with the San Diego Youth and Community Services. The purpose for the program is to provide LGBTQI youth who are homeless or have been engaged in dangerous behavior or environments a safe place to reside for a period of 14 days. The goal of the program is to reunify the youth and the family as well as to rectify some of the problems within the living environment so that when the youth returns, they return to a safe and supportive home. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION




Trans* Services


Come As You Are A weekly discussion group which are supportive of all people dealing with issues around gender whether they are trans*, intersex, or questioning. The group is also open to SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Families, and Allies).

Group meets every Monday from 6:30-8:00pm at the Resource Center. 1st Monday of each month will be a social which usually includes games, movies and more. Trans Family Support Services TransFamily Support Group creates a safe environment with guided discussion for transgender and gender-nonconforming children, teens, and young adults to explore a multitude of topics around gender identity and expression. Parents and other family members will meet separately to experience and express support, obtain resources, and learn more about what they and their children are experiencing. TransFamily Support Group will help individuals and families navigate the journey when a member is transitioning from birth-assigned to identified and expressed gender.

Group meets 3rd Sunday of every month at 1:00-2:30pm at the Resource Center.

For questions or more information, please contact: info@transfamilysos.com




Men’s Services


ElderPride – 55+ Gay Men’s Support Group ElderPride is a weekly educational and support group for gay men, ages fifty-five and above, who are dealing with issues of aging in a youth-oriented culture. Come and learn about the principles of conscious aging and becoming a true elder. Develop your own vision for a vibrant, productive life during this time of transition. Increase your sense of self-worth as you connect with others who are also exploring this challenging and rewarding time of life. This group is facilitated by Sandra Rogers, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with fourteen years of experience in delivering mental health services to the HIV/AIDS community in Los Angeles. She also specialized in working with gay men in her private practice there and conducted workshops on Conscious Coupling and Spirit and Flesh in the Learning Curve program at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. As a private practice therapist here in North County, she continues to work with gay men. ElderPride meets the last Friday of each month at 10:30 to 12:00 noon at the Resource Center. For more information, please contact Sandra Rogers at 760-846-6650. Men’s Coming Out Support Group The Men’s Coming Out group supports men who are straight, gay, bi, trans, or questioning and living with coming out and being out. If you need support in being comfortable telling people who you are, this is the group for you. We believe that everyone is always coming out in one way or another. The Men’s Coming Out Support Group is by appointment only. Email Joe White to join: jwwhitejr@yahoo.com Just Us Guys Game night anyone? A movie or a dinner at the local brewery? Maybe Bowling? Come and join us for a social gathering to meet new friends, and maybe see some familiar faces! Just Us Guys is a fun group for men aged 21 and over who are interested in participating in fun activities and socializing with other members of the community. Just Us Guys meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM and the last Sunday of each month at 5:00 PM. Locations vary. Contact Andre for more information at justusguys21@outlook.com. Gay Men’s North Inland Group Meets the 1st Friday of each month, 6:30 PM. Locations vary within North Inland San Diego County. RSVP to D.L. Shearer: dlshearer777@hotmail.com




Women’s Services


Women’s Coming Out Support Group – A place for questioning women We provide a safe haven where gay, bisexual and questioning women can find acceptance, support and a friendly atmosphere. The group will focus on topics such as: understanding feelings of same gender attraction and love; examining stereotypes about lesbians, gays bisexuals and transgender; incorporating other important aspects of identity (i.e., race/ethnicity, religion, age) into your current self-perception; coming out to friends, family, siblings, co-workers; developing social support; and learning about the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community. Meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Resource Center.




Military Services


Military Support Group The Military Support Group is a free service to all those who currently serve or have served in any military service branch. Even though DOMA and DADT no longer exist “on paper” there is still a lot to be done. Our group mission is to address issues related to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Active Duty and Military Veterans. We strive to achieve a high quality of respect for all service members and promote positive images of LGBTQ people. For more information please call the LGBTQ Resource Center at 760-994-1690. The Military Support Group meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:15pm to 7:45pm at the Resource Center.




General Programs


LGBT Book Club Join our book club! We meet monthly and typically read books with an LGBT author, theme or protagonist. Everyone is welcome. Meets the FIRST Thursday of each month, from 5:30 to 6:30pm at the Oceanside Public Library, 330 N. Coast Hwy. 92054. THRIVE Thrive is here to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of people living with HIV in North San Diego County by communicating with others who are going through similar life experiences. We have open meetings in that new members are welcome to join at any time. Our second meeting is dedicated to physical wellness, with the group exercise session will be tailored to the physical limitations of each member. Meets every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:15 pm. All meetings, except for the second Wednesday of each month, will be at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center. Front Runners & Walkers San Diego - North County Front Runners & Walkers is San Diego’s LGBT running club. Whatever your athletic ability, orientation, and gender identity, there’s a place for you with Front Runners and Walkers. Our route is about 2+ miles round trip. After the walk/run (around 10:00 am) we meet informally for coffee and conversation at Cafe Elysa on 3076 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Join us! Meets in Magee Park at 258 Beech Ave Carlsbad, CA 92008 between Garfield St & Carlsbad Blvd Saturday mornings at 9:00 am





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