What groups support gay people

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    Jul 27, 2007 8:05 PM GMT
    Well, I'll start the forum. What types of community / civic groups do people find help them, and are supportive of gay people, and/or fitness?

    Where I live, there's not much I find, except some very specific gay charity type groups.

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    Jul 28, 2007 2:06 PM GMT
    When I look around at my heterosexual neighbors, I feel empowered as a homosexual. I really don't need much more support than that.
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    Jul 28, 2007 4:03 PM GMT
    I'm not steeped in gay culture here, but in Columbus there is a gay newspaper, gay chior, several churches that are openly welcoming of gays ( I've attended the UU church there - www.firstuucolumbus.org) , Stonewall Columbus - www.stonewallcolumbus.org), Columbus AIDS Task Force and Columbus Pride.
  • zakariahzol

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    Jul 28, 2007 4:03 PM GMT
    A support group for gays in my country....not in my life time , honey. Maybe I married an American and migrated.
  • MarkX

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    Jul 31, 2007 11:36 PM GMT
    *sigh*

    Here in the heart of West Texas, and a 15-minute drive away from the "Home Town of GW and Laura B", there's not much hope. There is one gay bar, but for the youngsters, and it doesn't have a good rep. There's one gay church. And it's solidly outside the city limits.

    So I do theatre. The arts, if you're so incluned as a fan or practicioner, makes for a great access to an extended family, and those in the arts are generally accepting of people different from themselves. Or in the case of my local republican culture, they are "tolerant."
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Aug 01, 2007 5:28 PM GMT
    In most large Cities as Los Angeles, there is a plethora of gay organizations and activity groups such as the one I head for indoor, six person competitive volleyball.

    A little internet or phone book research will help you find them.



    -- Ron
  • treader

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    Aug 01, 2007 9:23 PM GMT

    Well there's a ton of groups here in Boston but that's why I moved here because I knew that it have a very active gay community. Unfortunately that's not going to help you much down in Winston-Salem. If there aren't groups that match your interests, you have one real option - start such a group yourself. Hard as that might be, I bet you that there are a number of people nearby like yourself who are thinking the same thing. Start small. See if you can put some free ads in any local gay papers. Maybe try just social events once a month to get the group off the ground. There are plenty of free internet tools out there to help with communication. Good luck...
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    Aug 01, 2007 9:51 PM GMT
    Even in areas where you're unlikely to find a GLBT Community Services Center, you might still find an MCC (Metropolitan Community Church). At the very least, they could direct you to other resources.
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    Aug 07, 2007 6:56 AM GMT
    Interesting thought, there: What groups represent gay culture?

    In this area, the GLBT on university campuses, for the most part; other than that group, I don't know of any groups here. Perhaps the local bar--that'd be about it. Even then, one might be cautious.
  • metta

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    Aug 12, 2007 12:20 AM GMT
    There are a ton of them in Los Angeles County. You can find a list of the sports related ones on the following web page: http://www.azusapride.com
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    Aug 12, 2007 12:36 AM GMT
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    Aug 12, 2007 1:44 AM GMT

    If you are looking for Communitty in W-S, how about:

    Triad Softball League
    Website: http://www.triadsoftball.com
    E-mail: commissioner@triadsoftball.com

    Mid-Atlantic Softball League
    Website: http://www.mid-atlanticsoftball.org/
    e-mail: commissioner@mid-atlanticsoftball.org

    North Carolina Kodiaks Rugby Football Club
    Website: http://www.kodiaksrfc.org
    e-mail: kodiaksrugby@yahoogroups.com

    and I know Charlotte isn't right next door, but...

    Charlotte H2Os (HydroHomos Out Swimming)
    http://www.johnmlucas.com/charlottegayswimgroup

    Queen City Tennis Club
    Website: http://www.birdnest.org/qctc/
    e-mail: queencitytennisclub@yahoo.com

    Can probably find more if you want - but surely someone from one of those places could advise you about even more activities and social organizations in the area.

    R
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    Aug 14, 2007 9:44 PM GMT
    In Britain there is not alot support unless you look for it (perhaps even hunting for it.) Despite Britain supporting civil partnerships there's not alot out there for the gay community. Apart from the gay nightclubs. You really have to hunt if you are after something in the U.K. I would not expect a gay newspaper in Britain in the near future!
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    Aug 16, 2007 12:08 AM GMT
    ITJOCK really knows the NC clubs but he missed one I found a yahoo group:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WildernessNetworkOfTheMountains/?yguid=153366599

    I've never met any of the guys and it seems they do mostly the low key hikes. I'd like to meet some guys into noncompetitve but strenuous activities.
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    Aug 21, 2007 10:46 PM GMT
    We have so many in Seattle. Here are just a few:

    Seattle Men's Chorus
    Seattle Women's Chorus
    Q-Law
    Northwest AIDS Alliance
    LGBT Community Center
    ERC
    HRC
    Seattle Services for Sexual Minorities
    Seattle Gay Rugby Team
    Seattle Gay Softball Team
    Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle
    Sister's of Perpetual Indulgence
    Chicken Soup Brigade
    Lambda Youth Center
    Seattle's Rainbow Marching Band
    Seattle Men In Leather
    Knights of Malta

    Of course there are many more, not to mention all of the stores, shops, bars and restaurants in the gay district.


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    Aug 22, 2007 1:24 AM GMT

    The 'Knights of Malta' are a gayommunitty organization?????????????????

    The Order of Malta is a lay, religious order of the Catholic Church. It is a Hospitaller order, founded in Jerusalem during the eleventh century.

    There are three national associations in the United States: the Federal Association is based in Washington, DC; the American Association is based in New York; and the Western Association is based in California.

    I can't imagine any of them being described as a gay service or communitty organization though.

    We can't be talking about the same people can we?

    R
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    Aug 22, 2007 1:36 AM GMT
    The university is a solid supporter, as I've sought advice and so have students that I've known and have had work for me can attest.

    There are also numerous communities and organizations in Chicago that support and offer advice and assistance to the LGBT community.
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    Aug 22, 2007 3:31 PM GMT
    ITJock, I think you're right. It's another organization with the same name.

    Thanks for the information, though. I did not know another exsisted.
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    Aug 27, 2007 12:25 PM GMT
    Well in South Jersey there isnt to much other than a couple small group and some activity in Atlantic City. Theres more in North Jersey and NY area.
    I go to alot of functions in Philly.
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    Aug 31, 2007 10:38 AM GMT
    every male indivisual have the same feel which a gay gets.but the bisexual will not accept the request from a gay.but,he will agree when he will experience what a gay has been suffering.
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    Sep 07, 2007 11:31 PM GMT
    If you're in (or near) Michigan, check out:

    www.TeamMichigan.US

    This is a work in progress. If you know of other groups, tell us.

    In general, if such groups are important to you, help support them by showing up. I've seen a lot of groups fizzle out because they don't attain a critical mass - even as potential members play couch potato instead of helping the group get established.
  • hotversguy

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    Oct 02, 2007 8:15 PM GMT
    depends on who wants our copious disposable incomes
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    Nov 15, 2007 12:39 AM GMT
    Here in Toledo we have a few. Just yesterday our group (Equality Toledo) influenced Toledo City Council to pass a "Same Sex Couples Registry". It isn't exactly marriage but it's a start. After all, this is Ohio.
    Here in Toledo, we don't have a Pride parade but we do have a nice picnic.
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    Nov 15, 2007 2:02 PM GMT
    Planned Parenthood is generally LGBT affirming, they will probably have resources, with regards to testing, etc. and informational brochures.

    The American Civil Liberties Union is in every state and is a great legal resource for gay Americans.

    also,

    if there isn't a group for queer people in your area, you can always start one. I am sure there are local gay websites for your state or area, and post here and craigslist and make yourself a community.
  • Laurence

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    Nov 16, 2007 4:16 PM GMT
    Laddy is incorrect.

    I'm Uk based and work on a Gay advice/referral helpline. Our database is full of Uk LGBT organisations. Most big towns and cities have social, political and general interest organisations.

    Lozx