Smoking Undermines Progress (SUP) Coalition (Ages 13-24)

The Smoking Undermines Progress (SUP) Coalition is a community of advocates ages 13-24, who wish to help inform our community and educate them about the consequences of using nicotine products that stems from a judgement-free mindset. The SUP Coalition aims to establish smoke-free LGBTQ+ events, and prevent tobacco product usage among LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as ally youth and young adults in Orange County. If interested, please reach out to our Tobacco Project Health Navigator, Kalei Lehua (she/they) via email: kalei.lehua@lgbtqcenteroc.org to see about joining the coalition! Meetings are held on Discord on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Meetings begin with a check in with one another followed by discussion and collaboration to create plans for future events. We also conduct meetings via Zoom (or in-person if permitted) with those in charge of community engagement, take part in outreach to table the idea of making [...]

Parent’s Processing Therapy Group

The Parent's Processing Group is a therapeutic group where parents can work together on processing their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with their children coming out, being in the LGBTQ community, gain peer insight from other parents, and reflect on difficulties based on parenting a child in the community. This is a free and open group for any parents who are interested in joining  

Recurring Event Rainbow Group

Rainbow Group (Ages 13-18)

The Center OC 1605 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA

Rainbow Group is a social drop-in group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and allied youth ages 13-18. Three adult mentors facilitate group activities and discussions to provide a safe and supportive environment, where youth can make lifelong connections with their peers and develop a positive sense of identity. On a monthly basis, we invite guest speakers from different community organizations to speak in order to increase the educational component of our program. Youth are able to learn about different topics, such as STI and HIV prevention, relationships and setting boundaries, consent, dating, sexual self-care, gender identity, coming out, advocacy, empowerment, student rights, bullying and harassment, drugs and alcohol, mental health and suicide prevention.

Recurring Event Grief and Loss Support Group

Grief and Loss Support Group (Ages 55+)

The senior program is starting a grief and loss support group for anyone 55+. Grief is a normal and natural reaction when dealing with bereavement. A person can experience loss due to a passing of a loved one, a breakup, divorce or any other types of loss you may have experienced. Join us as we offer support and encourage one another to share our stories in a safe and welcoming environment.

Recurring Event OUTlet (Ages 18-26)

OUTlet (Ages 18-26)

The Center OC 1605 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA

OUTlet is intended to create a safe space for youth to talk about mental health issues, create healthy relationships with others, and learn tools to understand, manage, and decrease symptoms of mental health. This group will teach youth how to build insight into their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and learn how to communicate their needs and wants in a healthy assertive manner. Lastly, with an emphasis on maladaptive coping skills including self-medicating with substances, isolating, or engaging in risky behaviors, youth will learn to develop coping skills needed to manage symptoms on a long-term basis. OUTlet meets hybridly (in-person & online) every Thursday at 4:30-6:30.

Youth Empowered to Act (YETA) – Elevate (Ages 14-24)

The Center OC 1605 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA

The Elevate Program creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to increase their advocacy and leadership skills. Through a trauma-informed, health-centered and asset-based approach, youth leaders will work to effect transformative and peer-led policy, systems and environmental change in Orange County. Youth leaders work to identify healthy alternatives to suspension/expulsion related to substance use. Ultimately, LGBTQ Center OC is committed to ending the school-to-prison pipeline and transforming the pipeline to restorative justice, healing and rehabilitation through their Elevate Program. Elevate Program Goals: Reframe substance abuse as a public health issue Combat the detrimental impacts from the War on Drugs on BIPOC/LGBTQ communities Provide trauma-informed counseling and process groups at no cost Raise awareness through social media campaigns, activities, and events

Recurring Event Cafe Con Community

Cafe Con Community (Ages 18-25)

Come join our bilingual Spanish/English group Café con Community! This group is intended to provide a safe space for Latino/a & LGBTQ+ identifying persons ages 18-25 wanting to process issues related to their Latino/a identity and how this impacts their experience in the U.S. This group aims to create a sense of community and teach insight promoting healthy coping strategies and interpersonal relationships.

Recurring Event Trans*forum

Trans*forum

Processing therapy group for transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, genderfluid, intersex, and androgynous individuals. This group provides individuals with a safe space to voice and process feelings, issues, and thoughts unique to their experiences.