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Discussion Groups

Join your friends and peers for the following drop-in discussion groups on identity and community! Groups are facilitated by student peers and university staff members. Groups are not intended to replace therapy or counseling, and they are not open for research or observation.

You are welcome to drop in any of the groups below or contact their facilitators directly. We’re looking for facilitators for the 2017-18 school year! Check out the form if you’re interested, or just come on by: Participation/facilitation interest form

rooted

rooted is a discussion group intended for those who self-identify as LGBTQ people of color. We hope to provide a space to discuss your experiences with multiple intersecting identities and find support and fellowship with folks who’ve shared similar experiences. Come speak to the barriers you encounter because of your identities and share what you love about yourself and your communities.

Red Gym: Social Justice Resource Center
Wednesdays 6:00pm
9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13

Facilitator contact: Dequadray White

Out? Badger

The campus center wants to offer a space for people to explore where they are in terms of their identities and sexuality. This open discussion group is inclusive of all people who identify within the LGBTQ+ community, including those that are questioning, not out, or just not comfortable. We realize that this journey is hard and we want to offer a space where this can be discussed. This space is intended for anyone that wants to just explore themselves in a supportive setting amongst their peers, as well as gain some language around different identities for their own self exploration.

Thursdays, 2:00-3:30pm

Facilitator contact & location details: Jelani Rivera and Hannah Pendergast

Rainbow Recovery

In partnership with Live Free Student Wellness and Recovery, the LGBT CC is holding space for LGBTQ+ identifying individuals to come together and talk about issues related to substance use, sobriety, and recovery-positive spaces. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesdays, 6:00pm
Live Free space, Student Activity Center

Facilitator contact: Christine Vu

Asexual Identities

Are you ace, gray-a, demisexual, aromantic, or questioning? Do you want to explore those terms and identities in a safer environment and meet people who have similar experiences? Asexual Identities is a new open discussion group for exploring what it means and what it can be like to have an asexual identity.

Red Gym: LGBTCC
Thursdays, 5:00-6:45pm
9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30, 12/TBD

Facilitator contact: Katka Showers-Curtis

Queer Students of Faith

Queer Students of Faith is a small and informal discussion group on campus where students can meet and discuss the intersection of their faith and sexual/gender identity. We welcome students of any faith or spiritual background, and wish to create a safe space and open dialogue for people of any gender or sexual orientation who might not be comfortable within their own faith communities.

Red Gym: LGBTCC
Tuesdays, 5:00-6:15pm
10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28, 12/TBD

Staff to connect you with facilitators: Simone Williams

Fluid Sexualities

This is an open discussion group intended for those who are bisexual, pansexual, fluid or similarly-identified. The purpose is to provide space to discuss your experiences with your sexuality and to find support with others who have similar experiences. Come speak to the barriers you encounter because of your identity and share what you love about yourself, your community and your identity.

Red Gym: LGBTCC
Fridays, 5:00pm

Staff to connect you with facilitators: Simone Williams

Gender Explorers

This open discussion group is a space for participants who identify across the gender identity/expression and trans spectrums to come together and explore concepts and constructs of gender in their own lives. This group is open to all members of the UW campus community.

Red Gym: LGBTCC
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5

Facilitator contact: Cecil Wilson and Meara Sweetnam

WorldWide Rainbow

This open discussion group is a space for international or exchange students who identify on the LGBTQ spectrum. You can discuss your experiences as an international LGBTQ student on campus, as well as find community, support, and comfort in your identities. Come share and exchange your stories, perspectives, and culture.

Interested in facilitating? Contact Jelani Rivera!

Intersex Identities

Looking for community across the intersex spectrum? Come on out and make friends, discuss issues relevant to your experiences, and share space together.

Interested in facilitating? Contact Jelani Rivera!