Peer Support Groups

Social and support opportunities for our community.

Transgender Peer Support Group

Our transgender group is for all transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people, our partners and allies residing in and around the Great Lakes Bay Region. We strive to create a safe place for transgender people and their allies to meet for open dialogue, educational opportunities, and socializing. This is a vibrant community group that enjoys getting together to learn, grow, and have fun together.

When: First Thursday of each month

Where: Unity of Bay City (3736 State Street Rd, Bay City, MI 48706)

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Snacks and soft drinks are provided. No RSVP is required.

If you have any questions, contact our Program Manager, Kt Mandoka, at kt@greatlakesbaypride.org.

Find Us On Facebook

This is a closed Facebook group. Please click the join button and we will open the door and welcome you in. We protect our group and anyone posting hateful things will be removed. Soliciting sexual favors is strictly prohibited; you will be removed from the group. Our goal is to keep everyone safe.

LGBTQ+ Peer Support Group

Great Lakes Bay Pride’s LGBTQ+ Peer Support Group is a casual networking opportunity to connect with other members of our community. All LGBTQ+ and allies are welcome to attend.

When: Second Thursday of each month (except November 2023 on the third Thursday)

Where: Castle Museum (500 Federal Ave, Saginaw, MI 48607)

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Snacks and soft drinks are provided. No RSVP is required.

If you have any questions, contact our Program Manager, Kt Mandoka, at kt@greatlakesbaypride.org.

Advocacy & Support

Equality Michigan’s Department of Victim Services provides dedicated support and advocacy to the LGBTQ and HIV+ community.

Services include but are not limited to:

Trans specific specialized services and resources
Anti-violence support and assistance in filing discrimination complaints
Intimate partner violence & sexual assault support
Safety planning Community referrals & education
Legal systems navigation and advocacy

Crisis Intervention & Suicide Intervention

National Resources

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline
National hotline, youth talkline, senior hotline, peer chat


(888) 843-4564
www.glbthotline.org


Trans Lifeline
Trans Lifeline is a peer-support crisis hotline. It is the only service in the country in which all
operators are transgender.


(877) 565-8860
www.translifeline.org


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides
free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week.


(800) 273-8255
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org (online chat available)


Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text from anywhere in the USA to text with
a trained Crisis Counselor.

Text START to 741-741

Local Resources

Shelterhouse Midland 24-Hour Help Line

(877) 216-6383

Bay-Arenac Behavioral Health 24-Hour Crisis Hotline

(800) 327-4693

Community Mental Health for Central Michigan 24-Hour Crisis Hotline

(800) 317-0708

Saginaw County Community Mental Health 24-Hour Crisis Hotline

(800) 233-0022

Family & Children’s Services of Mid-Michigan

(989) 631-5390