The following are a list of support groups on Harvard's campus for BGLTQ students.
Contact was formed in the spring of 1985 by a group of students who felt there was a need at Harvard for a place where students could talk about issues of sexual orientation. Today, while the counselors on our staff specialize in the areas of sexual orientation, sexuality, sex, and relationships, those at Contact are trained to handle a wide variety of topics. Call Contact at our hotline (5-8111) as well as drop-ins to the office are welcome. Call Us: Wednesday - Sunday, 8 PM to 1 AM (617.495.8111). Stop By: Open Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, 8 PM to 1 AM, Thayer Basement (Enter through Old Yard).
Transgender Support and Education Group [Concluded for the semester]
Brandin Dear, MSW, LICSW
This group is for undergraduate and graduate students who identify as transgender and are questioning or in the process of a gender transition. This group will provide a safe and affirming space to build community, share stories, learn strategies, process challenging experiences, and celebrate identity and resiliency. Topics include but are not limited to: social and legal aspects of gender transition, coming out to family and friends, finding support, educating allies, medical interventions, maintaining physical and mental health, safety, navigating sex and relationships, shifts in sexual orientation, coming out in college/internships/job settings, and preparing for the future.
BGLTQ Women's Support Group
Thursdays, Starting February 9th (5:00-6:30pm)
Open for first three sessions, then closed
Marin Smith, LICSW
This is a confidential support group open to graduate and undergraduate BGLTQ Women interested in a safe space to discuss concerns related to sexuality, relationships, family, health, academics, and more. Queer and questioning Women of Color are especially encouraged to come check things out.
Gay/Bisexual Men’s Support Group
Tuesdays, Starting January 31st (5:00 - 6:30pm)
Brian Rich, LICSW
This group is for undergraduate and graduate students who identify as male and gay/bisexual in any regards. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe, confidential, affirming space for gay and bi men to discuss a wide range of psychosocial issues related to sexual orientation including, but not limited to: family, coming out, homophobia, dating, sex and identity. In the end, the hope is that this group will provide the opportunity for interpersonal affirmation, to reduce feelings of isolation, and to build a supportive and reliable community for group members.
Sundays, 4-5pm, Lamont 230
Hosted by Contact Peer Counseling
is a confidential, non-judgmental weekly discussion group for any LGBTQ+, questioning, or just intrigued first-year students. We won’t assume any identities! FYG is an affirming space for discussing these identities and how these intersect with other identities like race, class, gender, ability, politics, and religion as a first-year at Harvard. Just drop in! We are a no-commitment safe space :)