SUPPORT GROUPS

Grounded in the Jewish prophetic value of pikuach nefesh, JQ offers free virtual monthly drop-in support groups for LGBTQ+ Jews and allies

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JQ Virtual Support Groups

 Led by skilled and passionate facilitators, JQ’s virtual support groups are psycho-educational and provide guidance, education, and support on various issues. Participation in these support groups is not based on a mental health diagnosis. Health insurance will not be billed, and there is no charge for these groups. RSVP is required to attend. .

Please direct questions to JQ’s Helpline Manager, sharrison@JQinternational.org.

Transgender & Nonbinary Adults

First Tuesday of the Month

6:30 – 7:30pm PT on Zoom
January 4, February 8, March 8, April 5, May 10, June 7 

This group is open to Jewish transgender, nonbinary, or gender questioning people ages 18+. The group provides support to discuss changes in perceived identities, shifts in feeling a part of an LGBTQ or straight community, changes in sexual intimacy and comfort around bodies changing, conversations about medical and non-medical transition, sadness or fear, and a gathering of resources for continued support

Facilitated by:

Michael Levine, AMFT (they/them)
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
AMFT 124078

Supervised by Mastaneh Moghadam,
M.S.W., LCSW
License No. LCSW 23095

Parents of Gender Diverse Youth and Young Adults

First Monday of the Month

7:00 – 8:00pm PT on Zoom
January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 9, June 6

This group provides support and information for Jewish parents from a behavioral health provider. It gives a space to ask questions or voice any concerns they have. Parents (no matter their level of transliteracy) can get support and information and process thoughts and emotions that might not feel comfortable or appropriate to talk about with the trans and gender diverse young people in their lives.

Facilitated by Jordan Held, LCSW (he/him)

Supporting a Partner through Gender Transition

First Monday of the Month

7:00 – 8:00pm PT on Zoom
January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 9, June 6

A monthly drop-in night for non-trans (cisgender) people in an intimate relationship with a transgender/ nonbinary person. Relationship meaning: long-term, dating, casual, open, poly, monogamous, etc. The group will provide a space for non-judgmental and uninhibited conversation, support, and resources

Topics that may come up in the group are:

  • Changes in perceived identities
  • Shifts in feeling a part of my LGBTQ, or straight community
  • Comfort around bodies changing
  • How to be an ally
  • Handling disclosure: taking care of myself and also protecting my person’s privacy
  • Being excited with and caring for my family member and also managing my feelings of loss, judgment, sadness, or fear
  • Gathering of resources for continued support

Led by:
Shana Gee-Cohen, M.S.W. (she/her)

Iranian LGBTQ+ Adults

First Wednesday of Month

7:00 – 8:00pm PT on Zoom
January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1

This group is open to Jewish Iranian LGBTQ+ and questioning people ages 18+. The group provides confidential support to discuss culturally sensitive coming out issues, an opportunity to meet other LGBTQ+ Iranian individuals, and a gathering of resources for continued support.

Facilitated by:
Mastaneh Moghadam, M.S.W., LCSW (she/her)
License No. LCSW 23095

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JQ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the lives of LGBTQ+ Jews and their allies by transforming Jewish communities, and ensuring inclusion through education, support, and identity-enrichment.

 

JQ's work is made possible by our generous supporters

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