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.

Upcoming Holiday Center Closure Dates:

  • November 23rd - 24th

  • December 23rd - 26th

  • December 30th - January 2nd

  • Volunteer Training Dates

  • Wednesday, December 6th, 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Wednesday, January 3rd, 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Saturday, January 20th, 12 to 2 p.m.

  • Facilitator Training Dates

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

  • Saturday, January 27th, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

  • 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 completed 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.

    All interested parties, please contact Heather Aymer, here.

    AA Brownbaggers, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:30 am to 1 p.m., Saturday, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

  • Weekly meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous.

  • AA 5:45 Serenity, Mondays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

  • Weekly meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous.

  • AA/NA SMART Recovery, Saturdays, 10 to 11 a.m.

  • 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 abstinence. Group is led by Smart Recovery trained facilitators.

  • Alter-Abilities Support, Fridays, 3 to 5 p.m.

  • Support group for alter-abled or ‘disabled’ LGBTQ identifying persons.
  • Coming Out Over Coffee, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • A confidential support group covering all aspects of coming out and the effects it may have in life.
  • Coming Out Together, Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Confidential support group covering all aspects of coming out and the effects it may have in life.
  • Friends & Families, Saturdays, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

  • Support group for friends & families of LGBTQ identifying persons.
  • FtM Detroit, 2nd Wednesdays and 4th Mondays from 7 to 9pm.

  • A support group that 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 is restricted to FTM/transgender men, anyone who identifies on the transmasculine side of the spectrum.
  • Gender Non-Conformists, Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • A social and support group for genderqueer, gender-fabulous, 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.
  • GNA Trans 2.0, Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Support and discussion group for transgender individuals living life after coming out. Facilitated by the Gender Identity Network Alliance (GNA).
  • Lesbian Euchre, 1st Saturdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

  • Play cards with women who identify as women who love women.
  • LGBTQ+ Book & Film Club, 3rd and 4th Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • A group for the discussion and viewing of LGBTQ related and/or general interest books and films. New book and film every month, all themes accepted.

  • Upcoming Book and Movie Selections:

  • Book - They both die at the end by Adam Silvera
  • Movie - The Bride of Frankenstein with Collin Clive

  • Book - Greetings From Spring Break by Peter Lerangis
  • Movie - Will and grace Season 1

  • Book - It's a Slippery Slope by Spalding Gray
  • Movie - Avatar

    LGBTQ+ in Uniform, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • 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.
  • Men’s Discussion Group, Saturdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Discussion group for gay, bisexual and transgender men ages 18 and up. Topics vary from lighthearted subjects to in-depth discussions. Holds holiday parties and outings in addition to regular meetings.
  • 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

    The group will also visit the Ford Piquette Museum Plant on Sunday, December 3rd. More details on this to follow.

    Motor City Bears, 2nd Saturdays, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

  • A gay male, social, and fundraising activity group for Bears and admirers, established in 1994.
  • NA Diversity, Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Meeting of Narcotics Anonymous.
  • NA Regardless Of, Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Meeting of Narcotics Anonymous.
  • Red Umbrella, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

  • A confidential support 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.
  • SAA Courage to Change, Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Meeting of Sex Addicts Anonymous.
  • SAA Step Study Group, 1st and 3rd Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m.

  • Meeting of Sex Addicts Anonymous.
  • Senior Koffee Klatch, Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

  • A discussion and networking group for people 45 and older. Various discussion topics, social outings, and potlucks are held throughout the year.
  • Smeared Lipstick, 4th Saturdays, 3 to 6 p.m.

  • A group for self-identified feminine lesbian women to identify issues specific to them. 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.
  • Transgender Life Support, Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • An open support group for transgender individuals just coming out and their allies.
  • Transpir’d, Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • 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.
  • Youth Drop-In Center, Fridays & Saturdays, 4 to 9 p.m. (Ages 13-20)

  • Social safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies to play games, watch movies, do art projects, and much more. Click here for more information on the drop-in center.
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