Support Groups

PFLAG Rochester

PFLAG was founded in 1973 by the late Jeanne Mansford.  It promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

We are the Rochester, NY, chapter of “Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays.” Here you’ll find support, education, and allies who advocate for full inclusion of the LGBT people we love.

We meet the third Sunday of every month from 1:00-3:00 at
Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church
707 East Main St.
Rochester, NY 14624.

This is next to the former Rochester Association of Performing Arts building and is set back from the street.  All are welcome!

707 E. Main Street
Rainbow SAGE

The Gay Alliance Senior Programming/Rainbow SAGE is open to seniors ages 50+. Monthly programming includes: board games, arts and crafts, movies, Wii games, internet access, yoga, outings and more. Call for the schedule of events.

875 E Main St.
Rochester Crossdressers Network

Rochester CD Network is here to help people come to terms with their cross-dressing and let them know that there are other people out there who feel as they do, with the same drives and feelings. They will learn that they are not alone. The club tries to help all cross-dressers build and maintain a positive self-image of their whole being. This is NOT a dating service, a marketplace for sexual liaisons, or a therapy group. It is a group of friends who want to express and develop their “other self.” Spouses and significant others are always welcome.

We usually meet on the first Saturday of the month, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm in a safe location where we can dress and gather comfortably in a non-judgmental atmosphere.

Please call or e-mail for more information and leave specific instructions on how and when we can contact you.

Rochester Gay Men AA

Closed meeting (restricted to alcoholics and addicts), men only. NOT handicapped accessible. Meetings begin with a speaker, followed by an open discussion. Meetings are 8:00PM on Sundays at Saint Lukes & Simon (side door).

Bus riders: Use the Fitzhugh St stop on Main St at the County Office Building and walk south one block

Following the meeting we often go out for coffee, dinner or a movie.

17 S. Fitzhugh Street
Rochester Gay Moms

This is a support group for lesbian mommies and wannabe mommies in Rochester, NY and it’s surrounding area. This is a women’s only list. Both singles and couples welcome. Topics include: parenting, adoption and pregnancy.

Rochester Grrlz

Rochester Grrlz is for and about transgendered grrlz who happened to be born male but identify either in part or whole as a female. This includes transsexuals, transvestites, crossdressers and any other category that can be hung on those of this description. Our primary function is to get together in real time for social events, friendship, advice, sharing of makeup tips, shopping alerts and anything that makes a grrlz existence more fun. We encourage the participation and membership of partners and significant others. We are, in short, a social group. Our goal is to make your journey in this world easier, more enjoyable and give you friends to enjoy it with. Our social agenda is easily accessed through our Yahoo group at Membership is free but requires a simple screening application for the protection and privacy of the existing members.

Safe Harbour Parent Support Group

The Center for Youth will offers a parents support group on a drop in basis. The group will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-7pm. There is no charge to attend the group. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend the group without any prior contact with Safe Harbour. This is not a treatment group or a parenting class. It is a support and psycho education group offered to people who are parenting young people who may be or are victims of human trafficking. The group will be facilitated by Safe Harbour Advocates.
905 Monroe Avenue
Saturday Night Special

Open LGBT AA Meeting, all are welcome. Alcoholics, addicts, partners, family and friends. Straight friendly. Mixed men and women. Handicapped accessible, take elevator to the basement. This meeting begins with a speaker who is followed by an open discussion.

Saturdays at 7:00PM

After our meetings we frequently go out for coffee, dinner, or a movie.

Bus riders:

* The #18 University Ave bus does not go by the church on weekend evenings.

* Take the 6:20 pm #1 Park Ave bus to the corner of East and Winton, then walk five minutes south (uphill) on Winton

220 S. Winton Road
Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)

SAA, is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may overcome their sexual addiction and help others recover from sexual addiction or dependency. SAA is a twelve-step program of recovery based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. Our primary purpose is to stop our addictive sexual behavior and to help others recover from their sexual addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop addictive sexual behavior. Our fellowship is open to women and men regardless of religion, race, ethnic background, marital status, sexual orientation or profession. Our members define their own sexual boundaries with the guidance of their sponsors and other group members. We encourage our members to discover and explore what healthy sexuality means to them.
Spectrum Transgender Group of Western New York

Our Mission:

To provide a support structure for transgendered individuals and for their families, friends and allies.

To assist the questioning individual in their search for awareness and comprehension of their gender identity and expression.

To serve as an educational resource both in the TG community and in reaching out to the surrounding community, in order to increase awareness of transgender issues.

To work as advocates in gaining respect, dignity, and basic human rights for transgender people everywhere.

Our Activities:

We provide support, information, education, and advocacy for transitioning transsexuals and questioning transgender individuals. Friends, families, and allies are welcome.

Monthly meetings are held on the second Friday of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

Contact us for more information about our meetings.

Please visit our website for a list of current events.


Our general meetings are open to all who are interested, but we encourage everyone to consider becoming a paid member of the organization.

Benefits of membership include:

* The right to vote in decision-making processes and attend executive board meetings.

* A membership card that can serve as an identification aid for people in various stages of transition or while cross-dressed.

* The ability to check out items from our library.