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  • Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 01:30 PM

    VIRTUAL: The Rainbow Clubhouse

    The Rainbow Clubhouse is a new group at The LOFT for families of young, gender expansive children up to age 12. The group features a support group for parents/guardians, and a structured play group for children.

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    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this group will be meeting virtually. Click here for more information.

    The Rainbow Clubhouse meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-3:00pm. The first half hour is reserved for new family orientation to meet with LOFT staff and discuss the group dynamics before returning families arrive. From 1:00pm to 1:30pm is new family orientation, then from 1:30pm to 3:00pm is group for all new and returning families. Siblings of your gender expansive child are also allowed to attend the children's play group. Infants must remain with their parents at all times.

    On Sunday, May 19th, group for all families will begin at 1:30pm.

     

    In an effort to maintain the privacy of our children and protect our families,
    The LOFT has developed an intake process for new families joining this group.

    This form is required in order for families to attend the group. Click here to access it.

    The location of The Rainbow Clubhouse will be shared with families who complete the intake.



    Group Format

    The Rainbow Clubhouse is a safe-space support group for families of gender-expansive children, up to age 12, and will feature two side-by-side groups.

    • Playgroup for youth up to age 12:
      • The Playgroup is a safe social space for children to play, interact with peers and be themselves. Discussions within the playgroup are not solely focused on topics such as gender, feelings or bullying. Instead, playgroup participants are given the safe environment to develop friendships through common playtime activities.
      • The Playgroup is overseen by a professional with 20+ years of childcare experience, and an additional, experienced adult.
    • Parent/Guardian group:
      • The Parent/Guardian group features a unique opportunity for families to gain support and connection to others with similar experiences. Some topics that may be discussed in this group include: talking to extended family, navigating school systems, and finding affirming professionals/resources.
      • The Parent/Guardian group is facilitated by a LOFT staff member with experience working with families of trans youth. Meetings may also feature guest speakers and reading lists of gender-affirming books for adults & youth.


    Definitions

    Gender-Expansive can be defined as: An adjective used to describe people that identify or express themselves in ways that broaden the culturally defined behavior or expression associated with one gender. -According to Welcoming Schools: A program of the Human Rights Campaign


    The meeting space is a nut-free facility.

    Participation in this group is free, donations are welcome. 

    If you have questions about The Rainbow Clubhouse before you want to start the intake process contact The LOFT Helpline at (914) 948-2932 x13 or info@loftgaycenter.org

  • Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 04:00 PM

    VIRTUAL: Transgender Peer Support Group

    The Transgender Peer Support Group is an open topic group run by a trained facilitator for individuals who identify as transgender, transsexual, cross-dresser, gender variant, gender queer or intersex (18 and older). Partners of transgender group participants are also welcome.

    The LOFT: LGBT Community Services Center
    252 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605


    This group takes place the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this group will be meeting virtually. Click here for more information.

     


    LOFT Peer Support Groups are open topic drop-in groups. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend. Donations are welcome. They are led by facilitators who identify as peers with those in attendance.

    There is no fee to attend discussion groups but a $5 donation is suggested, more if you can, less if you can’t.  Fees related to activities are to the responsibility of participants.

  • Monday, September 21, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    The LOFT

    VIRTUAL: ¡Westchester, Tu Ambiente!

    ¡Westchester, Tu Ambiente! is open to all Hispanic/Latinx LGBT community members, ages 18 and older. This group is open topic, drop-in based, and is facilitated in both English and Spanish. In addition to one support group meeting a month at The LOFT, ¡Westchester, Tu Ambiente! plans one group activity a month. Activities are posted to calendar as they are planned, and are listed below.

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    ¡Westchester, Tu Ambiente! meets on the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this group will be meeting virtually. Click here for more information.


  • Monday, September 21, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    VIRTUAL: Knitting Circle

    Want to learn a new skill? …Meet new people? …Make something for yourself or others? …Get creative?

    The LGBT Knitting Circle meets on the 1st & 3rd Mondays at The LOFT from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this group will be meeting virtually. Click here for more information.

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    The LGBT Knitting Circle is open to all experience levels- from beginner to pro.

    Knitting is a great way to relieve stress, challenge yourself to learn something new, make gifts for friends and family, and spend some time meeting other creative people like yourself!

    MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED.

    (Feel free to bring your own materials, or projects you’re working on to the meeting)

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    LOFT Social Groups are open groups which welcome everyone ages 18 and over. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend. Donations are welcome. They are lead by facilitators who identify as peers with those in attendance.

    There is no fee to attend groups but a $5 donation is suggested, more if you can, less if you can’t. Fees related to activities are to the responsibility of participants.

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 11:30 AM
    VIRTUAL

    Silver Connections Lunch & Learn

    Silver Connections host a Lunch & Learn meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 11:30am-1:00pm. These meetings feature a community presenter. (formerly known as an "Open House")
    This is program of Silver Connections, The LOFT's program for LGBT community members ages 55+.

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    Next Silver Connections Lunch & Learn Date: Tuesday, September 22nd


    Check out our next Lunch & Learn topic below:

    Date & Time: Tuesday, September 22nd | Virtual Meeting | 11:30am-12:30pm
    To access the meeting, please complete this online form: https://forms.gle/SiQmEi4bB62yivhs5

    Topic: Best Ways to Set Up Your Home for Aging in Place & Preparing Your Power of Attorney for the Digital Era

    Nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own home as they age (source: AARP). While New York’s Medicaid Home Care program can help make aging in place - safely, independently and comfortably - a reality, there are many considerations before getting started. Join Westchester elder law attorney Sara Meyers, Esq. of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP for her insights on preparing a home to safely age in place. Learn tips for interviewing a geriatric home care manager, senior-proofing your home, available assistive technology and more.
     
    In addition, Ms. Meyers will shed light on an essential estate planning document - the power of attorney. Not all powers of attorney are created equal. Learn the benefits of broad gifting power, and why having a power of attorney in place now is more important than ever to ensure your health care and financial wishes are carried out.

    Click here to register for the Zoom Link


    Learn more about Silver Connections here!

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    The LOFT's Silver Connections program is made possible by grants from the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services, New York State Department of Health, New York State Office for Aging, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 06:30 PM

    VIRTUAL: Al-Anon AAC

    Al-Anon Adult Child (AAC) is a support group for the friends and families of problem drinkers.

    The LOFT: LGBT Community Services Center
    252 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605


    Al-Anon meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm and will be meeting virtually for the time being.

    Click here to join the Zoom meeting on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Meeting ID: 334 028 663

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    LOFT Peer Support Groups are open topic drop-in groups. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend. Donations are welcome. They are led by facilitators who identify as peers with those in attendance.

    There is no fee to attend discussion groups but a $5 donation is suggested, more if you can, less if you can’t.  Fees related to activities are to the responsibility of participants.

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 07:30 PM

    VIRTUAL: Men's Peer Support Group

    The Men's Peer Support Group is an open topic group run by a trained peer facilitator for men, ages 18 and older, who identify as gay, bisexual or are questioning their sexuality.

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    The Men's Peer Support Group takes place on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday evenings of each month from 7:30pm to 9:00pm but will be meeting weekly until further notice.

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this group will be meeting virtually. Click here for more information.

    The LOFT's Men's Peer Support Group will be joining the Bisexual Peer Support Group for a showing of "Frida" to celebrate and highlight Bisexuality.

    SynopsisBiopic of the bold and controversial life of artist Frida Kahlo. Set in Mexico City, this visually evocative film traces her lifelong, tempestuous relationship with her mentor, along with her illicit affairs with Trotsky and various women. Her forward-thinking artistic, political and sexual attitudes are explored as we witness a hard-drinking, passionate woman of the early 1900s, which earned an Oscar nomination for
    Salma Hayek.

    This showing is open to anyone in the LGBTQ+ community & allies.

     

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    LOFT Peer Support Groups are open topic drop-in groups. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend. Donations are welcome. They are lead by facilitators who identify as peers with those in attendance.

    There is no fee to attend discussion groups but a $5 donation is suggested, more if you can, less if you can’t.  Fees related to activities are to the responsibility of participants.

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 07:30 PM

    VIRTUAL: Bisexual Peer Support Group

    The Bisexual Peer Support Group is an open topic group run by a trained facilitator. The group open to all who identify as bisexual or who are questioning their sexuality.

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    The Bisexual Peer Support Group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings of each month from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this group will be meeting virtually. Click here for more information.

    Celebrate Bisexuality Awareness Week with The LOFT's Bisexual Peer Support Group - Showing "Frida" | Tues. Sept 22nd  | Starting at 7:30pm

    The LOFT's Bisexual Peer Support Group is showing "Frida" to celebrate and highlight Bisexuality.

    SynopsisBiopic of the bold and controversial life of artist Frida Kahlo. Set in Mexico City, this visually evocative film traces her lifelong, tempestuous relationship with her mentor, along with her illicit affairs with Trotsky and various women. Her forward-thinking artistic, political and sexual attitudes are explored as we witness a hard-drinking, passionate woman of the early 1900s, which earned an Oscar nomination for
    Salma Hayek.

    This showing is open to anyone in the LGBTQ+ community & allies.

    Click here to register for the Zoom Link.


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    LOFT Peer Support Groups are open topic, drop-in groups. Groups are led by facilitators who identify as peers with those in attendance. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend.

    Donations are welcome. Suggested donation is $5; more if you can, less if you can't. Fees related to activities are the responsibility of participants.

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 06:30 PM
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    VIRTUAL: LOFT Watch Party

    LOFT Watch Party is a film screening group that takes place virtually via Zoom! It gathers twice a month to watch and discuss LGBTQ+ films and documentaries.

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    LOFT Watch Party meets on the 3rd Saturday and the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm and shows the same film so you have two opportunities to watch!
    To participate in The LOFT's Watch Party you just need access to Zoom, no Netflix, Hulu or streaming account needed. 
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    We encourage people to use the Zoom chat feature while the film is playing so people can comment along. We will also have a short discussion period after the film where people can discuss their feelings and thoughts. 

    Next Meetings: Saturday, September 12th, and Wednesday, September 23rd starting at 6:30pm

    September Film

    LOFT Watch Party - Circus of Books | Sat. Sept. 12th & Wed. Sept 23rd  | Starting at 6:30pm

    The LOFT Watch Party shows the same LGBTQ+ film twice! It meets the 3rd Saturday & the 4th Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm, followed by a short discussion.

    This month's movie is Circus of Books.

    Note: This group will not be meeting on its usual 3rd Saturday date due to Rosh Hashanah but will be meeting on the 2nd Saturday.

    Click here to request the Zoom link.

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 07:30 PM
    The LOFT LGBT Community Center in White Plains, NY

    VIRTUAL: Writers Workshop

    Have you ever thought about writing creatively, but don’t know where or how to start? Do you have a novel, short story, poem, or play inside of you that’s begging to be set free? Have you done creative writing in the past, but stepped away for a bit and are looking for a way to get back into the craft? Do you want to try something new surrounded by a great support team?

    Then The LOFT Writers Workshop wants you!

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    Are you a writer working on a literary project with an LGBTQ theme and looking for feedback? Come join The LOFT's workshop review for September on September 16th at 7:30pm. This current workshop is for writers looking for their work to reviewed and critiqued by fellow writers and co-facilitators.

    7 Steps to a Great Writing Workshop | Thoughtful Learning K-12

    For anyone who is new and wants to submit work for group review, submissions are due Wednesday-September 9. You can submit your work to group co-facilitator Jeffrey at jeffery@loftgaycenter.org.

    For additional information and instructions please contact Jeffrey Guard, at jeffrey@loftgaycenter.org

    Click here to register for the Zoom Link

     



    At the LOFT Writers Workshop you will be guided step-by-step by trained writers into the world of creative writing. We’ll be starting each meeting with a creative free-write (guided by a prompt), which will then lead into a group share and structured workshop. Keep in mind that isn't a Book Club, but rather a consortium of writers of all skill levels, though we may read published works from time to time.

    Don’t know what or how you want to write? No worries, there’s zero pressure to work on any one specific project or genre. We want you to explore and experiment and discover what works for you. Writing is, after all, a process of discovery, so let's have an adventure!

    Workshop is free! $5 suggested donation, more if you can, less if you can't!


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    LOFT Social Groups are open groups which welcome everyone ages 18 and over. Groups are led by members of the LGBT and allied communities. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend.

    Donations are welcome. Suggested donation is $5; more if you can, less if you can't. Fees related to activities are the responsibility of participants.

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