Along with community building activities, support groups are a significant part of the programs and services the The Center provides to the Community. In fact, we are incredibly proud to serve as an organization hosting several social and support groups every month. Support groups are facilitated by staff and well trained volunteers. Group session are free to attend. However, some group activities like dining out may incur some cost to the participants. Please check with the group or activity organizer to verify the cost to participate in the activity. Please see list below for information regarding our groups, when they meet, and how you can contact group facilitators.
AA Meetings Who: LGBTQ+ individuals and allies Where: 902 18th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301 When: Mondays 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Cost: Free (Donations Welcome) Description: A weekly LGBTQ-friendly and ally-friendly meeting for individuals interested in Alcoholics Anonymous’ program of recovery. This is an open meeting, meaning that everyone is welcome, including non-alcoholics. Join other LGBTQ people in recovery as they meet in our Annex location. If you require more information, we encourage you to attend the group and talk with the group organizers.
Bi+/Pan Support Workshop Who: Bisexual, pansexual, queer individuals - anyone who has ever been attracted to more than one gender. Where: Via Zoom please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. When: Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Cost: Free (Donations Welcome) Description: This is a seven week workshop for people who are bisexual, pansexual, queer or anyone who has ever been attracted to more than one gender. This group will continue to meet each Wednesday for 7 weeks to discuss and learn about many topics including bi+/pan representation, self-care gender, navigating relationships as bi+/pan, practice how to address stereotypes and discuss other issues specific to the bi+/pan community. If you are interested, contact The Annex (661-404-5209) for any questions.
Gender Rebels - Transgender Support Group Who: Transgender, Non-Binary, Gender non-conforming, Queer/questioning individuals Where: Via Zoom---please email email@example.com for information When: Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm Cost: Free (Donations Welcome) Description: Explore your identity and orientation among supportive friends and facilitators. These are curriculum driven sessions.
The goal is to provide individuals who identify as or are questioning, being transgender or gender nonconforming with a safe place to come together and discuss their life experiences and receive support. In addition to exploring a trans identity, participants will be encouraged to explore the ways their multiple identities intersect to create their unique perspectives as well which should be celebrated. If you are interested, contact The Annex (661-404-5209) for any questions.
Here are the times our Youth Discord Server is open for July! Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Not in the server yet? Click the link in our instagram bio (or visit linktr.ee/thecenterbak) and click “Youth Program Discord”! Fill out the google form and you’ll get the server link at the end. [I.D. Black and white grid background with lime green and blue planet-like shapes floating about. A white and black popout frames text that reads “July Discord Open Hours; Friday July 1st - Open Hours 3-7; Tuesday July 5th - Open Hours 3-7; Friday July 15th - Open Chat 3-7:30 with Youth Hangout Teens from 4-5:30, and Young Adults from 6-7:30pm; Tuesday July 19th - Open Chat 3-7; Friday July 29th - Open Chat 4-8. Ages 13-26, moderated by Staff.]discord_groups.png
Mindfulness Meditation & Support Group Who: LGBTQ+ individuals and allies, Aged 18+. Where: The Center When: Sundays at 5:00pm- 6:30 pm Cost: Free (Donations Welcome) Description: This free class includes spiritual readings, guided meditation, silence, followed by Metta. Improve your mental and physical well-being, slow down, and relax: your life depends on it.
For more information contact us at 661-843-7995, 661-404-5209 or email@example.com
Here is our Workshop Overview for July! Connect to your community and join us at our Bi+ /Pan and Gender Rebel support workshops. Our Bi+/Pan workshop is a 7 week series that is for folks who identify as having the potential to be attracted to more than one gender. Our Gender Rebels workshop is an 8 week series for folks who identify as trans, nonbinary, questioning, or gender non-conforming. All of the workshop sessions run from 6:30-8:30pm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get signed up! [ I.D: The background is red, blue, and purple gradient stripes behind a white popout framing text that reads: “July 2022 Support Workshop Dates - all workshops listed are virtual. Bi+/Pan Workshops: July 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th. Gender Rebels workshops: July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. All workshops are from 6:30-8:30pm. Please email email@example.com to sign up or if you have any questions.” ] support_groups.jpg
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The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity (The Center), formerly known as The Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender community in Kern County.