Coming Out Group: Having trouble coming out as LGBTQ? Have you been out but are now dealing with a situation concerning you sexuality at work or with your family? Wherever you are on your journey; this group can help you deal with the challenges that you face.
Trans Support Group: Open only to those who identify as trans this group is here to support you thru whatever point you are on in your transition.
Senior’s Social Group: Open to all LGBTQ people who are over the age of 50 this group gets together for chat, socialization, and more.
We have plans to extend our support groups to include LGBT parents, and LGBT seniors. We are offering free and confidential HIV/STD testing at the Center in collaboration from P.O.S.S.E. on the first Tuesday of every month from 5-7pm. We also are proud to be partners with P.O.S.S.E with their “Safe Space” initiative; helping those recently diagnosed with HIV/AIDS to acclimate to their needs. Also monthly we hold Open Mic nights full of music, friendship, and fun. Along with special events such as Law Workshops, LGBT Town Halls, Art Exhibits; there are several things to do at the Center.
In May 2014 North Star hosted our first annual Family Picnic at Washington Park in Winston-Salem! LGBTQ families enjoyed food, games, and a day of fun! We look forward to this being an annual event.
North Star will soon have a support group and events for LGBT families. It will strengthen our diverse LGBTQ and ally families’ readiness for school, and connect families to community resources and to each other. It will allow children to engage in fun activities like dramatic and manipulative play, arts & crafts, story time, dance and fine motor development. The goal is to create a safe, trusting and challenging environment where children are encouraged to pursue new and familiar interests, develop friendships, grow in confidence and independence, and continue to develop respect for themselves and others.
LGBTQ Youth Programs
We’re working for North Star to become a safe space for LGBTQ youth 24 and younger to get connected and empowered! Our purpose is to build a strong queer youth community through education, creative and performing arts, and community events. If you’d like to receive emails about our youth programs, sign up here and make sure to check “Youth”.
We currently offer the following Youth Programs:
Youth Leadership Council (YLC)- Monthly meetings, typically the first Saturday at the month from 3 to 5pm (check our calendar). Open to middle and high school students from Forsyth and the surrounding counties. This group holds discussions, works on ongoing projects, and plans Alt Prom and other community events. It also serves as a connection point for the high school GSA groups.
Youth Socials – Typically occur the third Saturday of the month from 3 to 5pm (check our calendar); open to middle and high school students. We usually have snacks and play games or do other activities.
Alternative Prom – Now going into its twelfth year, and organized by North Star ‘s high school YLC, with additional support from many community partners. This year’s prom will be held on Saturday, May 12th in Gray Auditorium at the Old Salem Visitor’s Center from 7 to 11pm. Open to high school students in grades 9-12.
Middle School Spring Social – a youth social for middle school students, their allies, and families. This year’s Social will be held at Camel City BBQ on Saturday, May 19th from 2 to 5pm.
In the future, we’d like to offer other Youth resources:
Coming Out Support Groups – The Center would collaborate with high schools, Gay-Straight Alliances and college campuses to provide a coming out support group.
Queer Education Workshops – Workshops would be fun, educational and free! We would provide workshops to student groups, high schools, and youth-serving organizations. Our workshops would aim to build bridges, challenge stereotypes, address violence, and discuss issues facing the LGBTQ youth community.
Youth Program Interns – To gain fabulous job skills, become a Youth Program Intern when we get it started.
If you are interested in participating in LGBTQ youth programs in our community (current or future possibilities), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.