How Do I Choose the Best LGBT Support Group?

Alex Tree

You can choose the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) support group by determining whether you want to attend in person or online and what kind of group best suits you. Online groups are convenient, but some people prefer getting support in person rather than through an Internet forum. There are also all kinds of groups; some are meant for family members or other affected people who know the LGBT person, while others are meant only for people who are LGBT. In addition, you may want to inquire about the group’s religious affiliation, if they have one. No matter your choice, it is not a permanent one, so you are always free to find a different LGBT support group if your current one is unsatisfactory in any way.

Woman holding a book
Woman holding a book

To find the best LGBT support group, make a list of all the local ones, arranging them from closest to farthest away. The best LGBT support is probably one that you can attend without spending most or all day driving to and from. Mark off groups that are too far away or in towns or neighborhoods you would feel uncomfortable in. Alternatively, LGBT groups can be found online in chat rooms and bulletin forums. You can attend by simply logging in and participating, sometimes at various times of the day.

Many LGBT support groups are targeted toward specific groups. A group might offer support for the LGBT person, his or her friends and family, or a straight spouse. After finding the local groups, you may want to rule out ones not meant for you. Some groups are flexible about who can participate, but a group specifically meant for your needs will likely be most beneficial.

Sometimes a LGBT support group has a religious focus, which can affect the kind of support given. You may wish to find a group that focuses on your own religion or lack thereof. Information such as this can usually be found on the group’s website or obtained by calling the group.

Remember that you are not obligated to continue visiting a LGBT support group after the first visit. Like with doctors, beauty consultants, and other people who offer a service, you are free to stop going and seek a different group for any reason. If you are uncomfortable with a support group or feel it is not helping, try another one. You can explain to a director why the group is not working out, but this too is optional.

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