GROUPS

Peer Support Group – read more
Youth Support/Social Group – read more
Topical Discussion Group – read more

Group Guidelines

  • All Support Groups are FREE and open to residents of Geauga County and surrounding areas.
  • We strive to create a welcoming, respectful, and positive environment where all can relate experiences, raise concerns, and share information.
  • Impactful matters of any nature may be raised and discussed, however specific religious, political, or social agendas are strongly discouraged.
  • During a Support Group meeting, please respect and support each attendee wherever they are in their journey.
  • Support Groups are confidential, which means that sharing lessons and ideas outside of the event is permitted, but no sharing of names or personal information is allowed, and no recordings or photos are permitted without prior authorization.


Peer Support Group – for all ages, family, and friends

This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month, from 7:00 – 8:30PM. Please arrive/login a few minutes early.

During COVID times: In observance of Ohio guidelines, all groups will be conducted via Zoom, and pre-registration is required. To register and receive a Zoom link, please email us at GeaugaSOGI@gmail.com.

What to Expect
This group provides an open and safe environment to share your story and obtain peer support. Attendees may request to follow-up with a mentor who can provide one-on-one support. You may also choose to simply listen, and discover that you are not alone. By meeting similarly identified people, many come to realize the importance of all individuals.

People on the SOGI spectrum are believed to represent approximately 10% of the world’s population, and are a part of one in every four families. Through regular attendance, prejudice and stereotypical views begin to dissolve, and understanding and acceptance emerge.

This group is recommended for:

  • individuals facing “coming-out” dilemmas with their families
  • parents struggling to accept their child’s sexuality and/or gender expression
  • straight spouses who have just learned of their spouses’ real sexuality or gender identity
  • parents or friends who have worked through difficult times and wish to help others succeed


Youth Peer Support / Social Groups

Grades 6 through 8 group meets the third Wednesday of each month, from 5:00 – 6:30PM
Please arrive/login a few minutes early.
Note: parental permission is required for new attendees. To provide permission please email us at GeaugaSOGI@gmail.com.

Grades 9 through 12 group meets the first Thursday of each month, from 5:00 – 6:30PM.
Please arrive/login a few minutes early.

During COVID times: In observance of Ohio guidelines, all groups will be conducted via Zoom, and pre-registration is required. To register and receive a Zoom link, please email us at GeaugaSOGI@gmail.com.

What To Expect
These groups provide an open and safe environment for youth on the SOGI spectrum to share their stories, obtain peer support, and form new friendships. Attendees are encouraged to offer support, understanding, and friendship. You may also just listen and know that you are not alone.

The Middle School group (grades 6-8) is open to parents and guardians who are encouraged to attend with their children. A separate break-out room will be utilized to give youth and adults a chance to speak openly.

Please note: This group is facilitated by experienced, professional Ravenwood Health Center counselors who are funded by the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services. Participants will not be registered with Ravenwood Health Center.



Topical Discussion Group – all ages, family friends, teachers, caregivers

This group meets on the second Wednesday, every other month (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov), from 7:00 – 8:30PM. Please arrive/login a few minutes early.

During COVID times: In observance of Ohio guidelines, all groups will be conducted via Zoom, and pre-registration is required. To register and receive a Zoom link, please email us at GeaugaSOGI@gmail.com.

What to Expect
This group provides an open and safe environment to discuss books, articles, documentaries, and other media relating to the SOGI spectrum. Guest speakers are welcome. Upcoming and past Topical Discussion Groups are listed below.

Upcoming

Topical Discussion Group

Date: July 14, 2021

Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Location: online via Zoom

Expand your mind!

Our Topical Discussion Group meets on the second Wednesday every other month (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov). A topic has not been chosen for this meeting, please check back. To register and receive a Zoom link, please email us at GeaugaSOGI@gmail.com. Please arrive/login a few minutes early.

Past

Topical Discussion Group

Date: May 12, 2021

Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Location: online via Zoom

Expand your mind!

In this meeting we explored a bill seeking to restrict the eligibility of transgender girls and women to participate in girls’ and women’s sports, and a bill that seeks to prohibit minors from medically transitioning, even if doctors and parents approve. Our guest was James Knapp of TransOhio, who explained the implications of these bills. About 17 people attended.

Topical Discussion Group

Date: March 10, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: online via Zoom

Expand your mind!

Our topic was “The Laramie Project” which tells the story of how the town of Laramie Wyoming reacted to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man. We were joined by members of the Chagrin Falls Academy for the Performing Arts.

Topical Discussion Group

Date: January 13, 2021

Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Location: online via Zoom

Expand your mind!

In this meeting we explored the internal and external challenges of LGBTQ youth coming out. Discussion was based on the Netflix movie “The Prom”.

Topical Discussion Group

Date: November 9, 2020

Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Location: online via Zoom

Expand your mind!

In this meeting we discussed Gender: A Graphic Guide by Meg-John Barker, Jules Scheele (Illustrator).