Support & Discussion Groups

All support and discussion groups are held at Affirmations.

Unless otherwise noted, groups are open. Simply show up at the time listed to participate.

As of September 2017:

All prospective volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation & Training and Adult Ally Training, complete the volunteer application, submit to and pass a background check and sign the Confidentiality Agreement, to be eligible for service with Affirmations. Adult Ally Training must be complete within three months of the Volunteer Orientation & Training start date.
All volunteers are required to retrain for both Volunteer Orientation & Training and Adult Ally Training once yearly to remain in active standing. Simply attend any open monthly training session, sign-in, and mark, 'Retraining,' to complete the annual requirement.
Affirmations' Facilitators are required to retrain by attending Volunteer Orientation & Training, Adult Ally Training, and Facilitator Training once yearly to remain in active standing. Simply attend any open monthly training session, sign-in, and mark, 'Retraining,' to complete the annual requirement.

Volunteer Training Dates

  • Wednesday, October 4th, 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Saturday, Oct. 21st, 12 to 2 p.m.

  • Facilitator Training Dates

  • Saturday, October 28th, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, December 2nd, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

  • All interested parties, please contact Heather Aymer, here.

    **New Group ** Transpir’d

    XTLyouth Through real storytelling, live music-making, and improv movement we will create a transcendent experience that gives LGBTQ+ people access to spirituality from around the world. This group will begin on Wednesday, September 27th and will take place every Wednesday, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

    Group Spiritual Direction

    XTLyouth This group is open to all and will meet every third Monday, starting September 25th and will last until December 18th. No religious affiliation, formal belief system, or faith tradition is required.

    • A place to explore spiritual community and life’s most sacred questions.
    • A place to reconnect with your spirituality and sense of purpose.

    • A place to heal and find guidance relating to the spiritual dimensions of life.

    Alter-Abilities Support

    Support group for alter-abled or ‘disabled’ LGBTQ+ identifying persons. This group will meet on every Friday, 3 p.m. until 5 p.m..

    45+ Club

    This is an activity and community group for people who are 45+. Come play games and socialize in the game room at Affirmations. This group will meet every Thursday, 12 to 3 p.m.

    Healthy Living Series: Chair and Mat Yoga with Allen Fender

    XTLyouthCome join Yoga Instructor Allen Fender for the latest in our Heatlhy Living Series. Chair yoga is from 1 to 2 p.m. and mat yoga is 2 to 3 p.m. The group will meet every Friday and a suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.

    Yoga with Sonia Hernandez

    XTLyouthAre you ready for yoga with Sonia Hernandez? This group will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of every month. A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated. Come join Yoga Instructor Sonia Hernandez and Affirmations for the unification of Mind, Body & Spirit.

    Friends and Families

    This is a support group for friends and families of LGBTQ+ identifying persons. This group will meet every Saturday, from 12:30 until 2 p.m.

    LGBTQ+ with HPV

    This is a support, discussion, and activity group for ANYONE with HSV1/2 and HPV. This group will meet every 1st and 3rd Saturday, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

    Red Umbrella


    Red Umbrella is a group for individuals involved in the erotic labor industry. This group is for those who identify as current or former sex workers, including but not limited to: escorts, adult film performers, webcam models, fetish workers, exotic dancers, street workers, and phone-sex operators. Members will support each other through the model of harm reduction. Takes place every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 7:30-9pm.

    LGBTQ in Uniform


    LGBTQ in Uniform is a new support and discussion group for members of the LGBTQ+ community who serve. Open to all current and former police, fire, emergency medical personnel and military. The group will meet every first and third Tuesday, from 7 - 9 p.m.



    Unplugged is social and support group for those shunned, disfellowshipped or excommunicated from their religion, family or friends for being LGBTQ. We also welcome those still active in their religion but questioning their faith due to their sexual orientation. This group meets on the 1st Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

    Gender Non-Conformists


    A social and support group for genderqueer, genderfabulous, transgender, gender-exploring folks, and all those who transgress gender binaries. This safe, open and affirming space is also open to supportive family, friends and significant others. Takes place Thursdays from 7p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Please note that this group will not meet on July 13th or July 20th, but will resume on July 27th.

    Affirmations LGBTQ Book and Film Club

    Every month we will be picking a book, all themes accepted. Meeting place will be the Bayard Rustin Media Center. Discussions of the book and even movies adapted from books will be discuss and viewed. Meets the third and fourth Thursdays at 7pm.

    Upcoming Book Selections:

    August 2017: Book - Mysterious Skin by Scott Helm
    Movie - Mysterious Skin

    September 2017: Book - Debating Religous Liberty and Discrimination by John Corvino
    Movie - Lady Gaga 'Five Foot Two' Film

    October 2017: Book - The Mayor of Castro Street/Life and Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts
    Movie - Milk

    Coming Out Together

    A confidential discussion group covering all aspects of coming out and the effects it may have on your life. Takes place Tuesdays from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

    Coming Out Over Coffee

    A casual discussion group covering all aspects of coming out and the effects it may have on your life.  Takes place Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Senior Koffee Klatch

    A discussion and networking group for people 45 and older. Various discussion topics, social outings, and potlucks are incorporated throughout the year. Takes place Wednesdays from 1pm-2:30pm.

    Smart Recovery

    Smart Recovery offers people with any type of addiction a place to learn how to change unwanted behaviors through cognitive based methods.  This is a non-12 step program that does not require absinence. This group is led by Smart Recovery trained facilitators. Takes place Saturdays from 10am-11:00am.

    Smeared Lipstick

    Smeared Lipstick is a group for self identified feminine lesbian women to identify issues specific to them. It is a safe space for open discussion, networking and unity building. The group also does a monthly community service project to increase their visibility in every community. Meetings are held every fourth Saturday from 3pm-6pm.

    Transgender Life Support

    An open discussion group for people identifying as transgender and their allies. Takes place Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm.

    Men’s Discussion

    Group for gay, bisexual and transgender men ages 18 and up. Topics vary from lighthearted subjects to in-depth discussions. This group frequently offers holiday parties and outings such as movie nights in addition to regular meetings. Takes place Saturdays from 6pm-8pm.  Below are the topics of discussion for the remainder of 2017;

    Oct. 7   Fall Fling - No Men's Group meeting
    Oct. 14   Cindi Lauper Biography
    Oct. 21   Preparing for a disaster
    Oct. 28   Halloween - The origin, practices & customs
    Nov. 4    Voting - Why don't we vote?
    Nov. 11  Veterans Day - Let's show some appreciation
    Nov. 18   Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner
    Nov. 25  Soft Drugs - Should they be legalized?
    Dec. 2   Building Healthy Relationships
    Dec. 9  Movie Night
    Dec. 16  Craft Night - We will be making holiday cards for each other, snacks
    Dec. 23 Closed - No Men's Group meeting
    Dec. 30  Closed - No Men's Group meeting

    FTM Detroit

    This group provides trans men an opportunity to discuss a fuller image of transition within their larger life. Come together and tell your stories of doubt and discovery, invisibility and belonging, isolation and paying wisdom forward, male privilege and vulnerability, integrating intersections of your identities, and learning how to be a good man. Attendance restricted to: FTM/transgender men, anyone who identifies on the transmasculine side of the spectrum. Takes place 2nd Wednesdays and 4th Mondays from 7pm-9pm

    Alcoholics Anonymous Brownbaggers

    This group meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30am-1pm and Saturdays from 1:30pm-3pm.

    Alcoholics Anonymous 5:45 Serenity

    This group meets every Monday from 5:30pm-7pm.

    Narcotics Anonymous

    This group meets every Tuesday from 7pm-9pm

    Motor City Bears

    A gay male, social and fund raising activity group for Bears and admirers, established in 1994. This group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 6:30pm-9pm with a Meet-and-Greet beginning at 5:30pm.

    Sexual Addicts Anonymous

    This group meets every Monday from 7pm-8:30pm.

    Dykes on Bikes

    An organization committed to creating a local community of women motorcyclists and friends of women motorcyclists. The group's mission is to support philanthropic endeavors in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and women’s communities and beyond, and reach out to empower a community of diverse women through rides, charity events, Pride events and education. This group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30pm-8pm.

    Lesbian Euchre

    This group meets on the 1st Saturday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Please note, this group will start in November!.

    Volunteer Spotlight

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