Unchained: Caribbean LGBTQ Support Group

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“Breaking the Rejection Cycle, Building Unity”

Unchained, the first of its kind in New York City, Caribbean Equality Project offers a peer culture-specific monthly support group, providing a safe space to affirm the unique experience and identities of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Caribbean descent and allies to combat discrimination and hate violence. The purpose of “UNCHAINED” is to create a healing space for intergenerational dialogue with topics aimed at educating to end stigma, build healthier relationships, celebrate diversity, promote empowerment, and foster family acceptance. Through this distinctive exploration of the LGBTQ+ experience, while highlighting the unique cultural needs of Caribbean individuals, for the past two years, CEP have created a greater awareness of not only the group’s individual differences but also their shared collective experiences.

Members gain support and guidance through a discussion on various topics such as coming out, family, LGBTQIA-related phobias, social norms, relationships and dating, sexual fluidity, and health/wellness. By promoting education, acceptance, and the importance of healthy relationships, Unchained is providing a support system to participants that are coping with rejection, depression, and isolation, while building a prideful Caribbean LGBTQ community in NYC.

Queens Library - Lefferts Branch

103-34 Lefferts Boulevard, Richmond Hill, NY 11419

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Upcoming UNCHAINED 2019-2020 Dates:

Monday, September 9, 2019 | Monday, October 7, 2019 | Monday, November 4, 2019 | Monday, December 2, 2019 | Monday, January 6, 2020 | Monday, February 3, 2020 | Monday, March 2, 2020 | Monday, April 6, 2020 | Monday, May 4, 2020

Light refreshments will be served.

The support group is facilitated by Julius Owens, an NYS Licensed Psychotherapist. Mr. Owens is a graduate of Fordham University with 9 years of experience working in communities of color, specifically with Caribbean youth and adults in the boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.

To RSVP, email info@CaribbeanEqualityProject.org or call our confidential hotline at 347.709.3179.