New Group to Offer a Safe Place for LGBQ/T Adults to Communicate

The Antioch University Couple and Family Therapy Institute is starting the LGBQ/T Community and Connection Group in June. This free, confidential group is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, and/or transgender (LGBQ/T).

The LGBQ/T Community and Connection Group’s first meeting is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14. It will continue to meet on the second Thursday and fourth Friday of each month at the Antioch University Couple and Family Therapy Institute, 149 Emerald Street, Suite 9, Keene, New Hampshire.

The group will offer a safe space to connect and communicate with other LGBQ/T adults about personal experiences, questions, and concerns regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or related topics. As its name implies, the group is an opportunity to find community and connection.

A team of three co-facilitators and a supervisor from AUNE’s Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral and master’s level programs will run the program, while two co-facilitators will facilitate each meeting.

“Social support, a sense of belonging, and the validation of one’s identity in connecting with others like one’s self are so important to well-being,” said Jeni Wahlig, the group’s lead facilitator and a PhD student in marriage and family therapy at AUNE. “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer/questioning, and/or transgender identities are often invisible, unknown, or hidden, so for these people, finding community and connection is particularly challenging.”

“The Antioch University Couple and Family Therapy Institute recognizes the need for a safe space where LGBQ/T people can come together and find one anotherâ€a place where they can find community and connectionâ€and so we decided to start this group,” Wahlig said.

For more information, contact the institute at 603.283.2156 or by email at familytherapy.ane@antioch.edu