Metro Inclusive Health Community Programming
When we say ALL are welcome, we mean it! LGBTQ+ Programs and Events are designed as safe spaces for individuals like you to make new friends, socialize, and find support through similarly-identified peers. By the way… Did you know that our programs are offered at no cost to the community and are made possible by donor support? Your contribution today could go towards feeding dinner to local LGBTQ+ youth, giving life-enriching programming to LGBTQ+ elders, or providing support to local trans community members. Please consider contributing today!
Youth (ages 13-17)
Coming out can be challenging but you don’t have to do it alone! LGBTQ+ Youth programs are open to youth of all gender identities, expressions, and romantic/sexual orientations (including allies!) In a 2019 survey, we found 100% of LGBTQ+ & Allied Youth that participated in Metro Inclusive Health’s youth programs reported an increase in confidence and in 2018, 85% reported a better understanding of their personal health. Youth programs are held in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties and are led by staff members with a Level II background screening. Youth can stay updated by following a peer-led Instagram account @metroyouthfl.
METRO Youth Nights | 6 – 8 pm every Friday & Saturday
METRO Virtual Youth Nights are LGBTQ+ social nights hosted on Zoom and Discord, designed for ages 13-17. METRO staff members facilitate a safe, welcoming environment for all. Youth are welcome to make new friends, watch movies on shared screens, play online games, and socialize throughout the night. People of all gender expressions, identities, and sexual orientations are welcome.
METRO Youth Peer Support | 6 – 7:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday
Group facilitators offer a supportive, safe virtual space for LGBTQ+ youth, ages 13-17, to express their personal experiences, stories, and identities. Youth and Young adults are encouraged to learn more about the community, share their stories, find support through each other, learn new skills, and more. Hosted over Zoom.
Young Adults (ages 18+)
Finding an accepting and understanding social group is important. Whether you’re bonding over hilarious memes or similar gender identities/orientations, connecting comes easier at our young adult programs.
Young Adult Socials (YAS) | 7-9pm every 1st and 3rd Tuesday
Looking to meet other LGBTQ+ folks ages 18 and older? Look no further! Check out this monthly social meetup! Join us to play games, make new friends, and share conversation. Be sure to join our Facebook group to stay up to date on upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/18to29LGBTQ/
SAGE (LGBTQ+ adults age 50 and better)
New to the area and looking for your home away from home? We’re here with open arms! As a SAGE (hyperlink: https://www.sageusa.org/) affiliate, we are proud to offer discussion spaces and social outings to a traditionally underserved population for whom the challenges of aging are often compounded by marginalization and discrimination. SAGE is a national network and has been the leading force of support and advocacy in the LGBT aging field since its founding in 1978.
SAGE Mature Men’s Group | Every Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 am
Looking for something to do on a weekday morning? Join a group of men age 50 or better for social and laid back discussions, friendships, guest speakers, educational seminars, and more.
SAGE Coffee Talk | Every Friday, 10:30 am
Discuss politics and current events while enjoying some good coffee (BYOC – Bring Your Own Coffee!). Join a group of LGBTQ+ people age 50 or better for lively discussions and more.
Join the Facebook Group to stay in touch. Email SAGE@MetroTampaBay.org to find out how to get involved or for more information. Support those that led the way towards inclusivity by contributing today.
Trans Community (Multi-generational)
Trans community programs are designed to be safer social spaces that promote solidarity, community resource sharing, and peer support. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to participate, binary and non-binary identities alike.
Trans Masculine Support Group | The first Wednesday of every month, 7 pm
Join Tristan Byrnes, a local LGBTQ+ community member and gender therapist as he guides and facilitates a group for those going through a masculine transition. Find support through people at all different stages of transition, and guidance through Tristan’s personal and professional experiences. Be sure to join our Facebook group to stay up to date on upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TransFtMSupport/
Trans Feminine Support Group | Second Wednesday of every month, 7pm
Join Tristan Byrnes, a local LGBTQ+ community member and gender therapist as he guides and facilitates a group for those going through a feminine transition. Find support through people at all different stages of transition, and guidance through Tristan’s personal and professional experiences.
Metro feels that transitioning is beautiful and we want to celebrate it! Join us for a tutorial on fashion, hair, makeup, and heels. Kiala Emmons hosts a with other trans women and trans feminine people. This event is FREE. This event happens on a quarterly basis, email TransCommunity@MetroTampaBay.org to be updated when the next one is scheduled.
Trans Parent Peer Support Group | Second Thursday of every month, 7 pm
This group is designed as a peer support group for parents who are transgender as well as parents with transgender children. Group members are welcomed to spend time with Lucas Wehle, our current Trans Services Division Manager to share your concerns, experiences, and overall journey of this exciting family transition.
Trans Parent Peer Support Jr. Edition | first Monday of every month, 6:30 pm
This group will provide a safe, fun environment for young trans youth (12 & under) to socialize with peers while their parents have the opportunity get support from others with similarly identified children.
Outside the Binary | 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, 3 pm – 5 pm AND 1st & 3rd Thursdays of every month, 7 – 9 pm
Outside the Binary exists to include non-binary individuals, who may identify as genderfluid, agender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, questioning, or any of a spectrum of non-binary identities, including those who cannot express their identities. We meet in a neutral space to discuss topics related to living in a binary driven society. This group is open to spouses, partners, friends, and family of anyone attending. Our facilitators hope that this open space will serve as a supportive and educational space for anyone who needs it. Be sure to join our Facebook group to stay up to date on upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ outsidethebinary/
Guys Like Us | On Hiatus
Looking for a place where you can find community and mutual understanding? Join us for a social, laid-back meet-up for trans men and trans masculine people. Led by and for trans masculine people, this group is for connecting with “Guys Like Us.” Be sure to join our Facebook group to stay up to date on upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TransFtMSupport/
Join the conversation on Facebook. Email TransCommunity@MetroTampaBay.org to learn about programs and services for transgender/gender non-conforming people. Support METRO’s Trans Community Programming by contributing today.
Inclusive Community Groups
GAMMA | 1st Tuesdays of every month, 7 – 8:30 pm
You are not the only gay, bisexual or questioning man to ever marry or be involved with a woman. Come meet a wonderful group of men, in a nonjudgmental environment, who are dealing with the same issue as you. GAMMA (Gay married men associates) is a peer support group founded in 1978 for men who are gay, bisexual, questioning or don’t identify themselves as any of the above, but who are attracted to men, and who are, or who were, married or otherwise involved with a woman.
Gay & Bi Men’s Discussion | Every 1st and 2nd Friday of the month and 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm
A casual meetup on Zoom to discuss current events, pop culture, dating life and relationships, and more. Join in on the conversation! The group is open to a variety of topics geared around living as a gay and/or bisexual man. Meet new friends and discuss what’s on your mind. It’s a chance to connect with likeminded people. Gain advice, laugh, and help each other.
Yoga | Every Monday and Wednesday at 6 pm, Every Saturday at 9:30am
Calm the mind, energize the body, and awaken the spirit in our virtual yoga classes for all experience levels.
Tea Time | 1st and 3rd Friday, 7 pm – 8:30pm
Grab a cuppa and join this virtual meeting, where participants can read selected queer theory aloud (or listen) and discuss with LGBTQ+ and allied peers.
METRO provides quality health and wellness services, that are inclusive, relevant, supporting, and represent the lifetime continuum of the people in our Tampa Bay community. We seek to bring together community in areas of activity, social, peer support, and overall wellness services. If you’re interested in becoming a group or program facilitator, please complete this application for consideration.