Support Groups

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Below are sources of support, including CAMHS supports groups and one-on-one undergraduate peer counseling, available on Harvard's campus that are specifically intended for BGLTQ students.

All CAMHS support groups are available to BGLTQ students, even if they are not BGLTQ-specific in their scope—information about these groups can be found here.

Information about additional resources, including the remaining peer counseling and peer support groups, can be found here.

Support Groups and Counseling for BGLTQ Students:

Transgender Support and Education Group

Transgender Support and Education Group

Thursdays, Starting October 5 (5:00 – 6:30PM)
Brandin Dear, MSW, LICSW (bdear@huhs.harvard.edu)

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.

This is a confidential group. If you are interested, please email Brandin Dear, MSW, LICSW (bdear@huhs.harvard.edu) for further details.

BGLTQ Women's Support Group

BGLTQ Women's Support Group

Thursdays, Starting September 28th (5:00-6:30pm)
Marin Smith, LICSW (msmith@huhs.harvard.edu)

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.

Interested students are encouraged to discuss the group in person with Marin Smith, LICSW. Please schedule by email (msmith@huhs.harvard.edu) or phone (617-495-2042).

BGLTQ Men’s Support Group

BGLTQ Men’s Support Group

Tuesdays, Starting September 26th (5:00 - 6:30pm)
Brian Rich, LICSW (brich@huhs.harvard.edu)

This is a confidential support group open to undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ Men interested in a safe space to discuss sexuality, relationships, family, health, academics and more.

Interested students are encouraged to discuss the group in person with Brian Rich, LICSW. Please schedule by email (brich@huhs.harvard.edu) or phone (617-495-2042).

Contact Peer Counseling

Contact Peer Counseling

Contact provides non-judgmental, non-directive, confidential peer counseling for Harvard undergraduates. Members are trained to handle a wide variety of issues and specialize in issues of sex, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, and relationships.

Hours: Friday-Sunday, 8 PM - 1 AM, Thayer Basement B-04 (enter through Old Yard)
Hotline: 617-495-8111

For more information, reach out to harvardcontact@gmail.com with any questions!