Join a Support Group
The National LGBT Cancer Network* is offering FREE online support forums to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cancer survivors (internet access required to participate). Many LGBT survivors do not feel welcome or understood in mainstream support groups and transgender survivors have been especially excluded. There are very few LGBT cancer support groups across the country and those who live further from major metropolitan areas are very unlikely to find one at all. A study conducted by the National LGBT Cancer Network confirmed that tailored support groups were the top request made by LGBT cancer survivors. So, we decided to do something about it ourselves.
For more information or to register for an upcoming group, please read the following information carefully:
We are offering separate forums for interested participants: a forum for lesbian- and bisexual- identified women, a forums for gay- and bisexual- identified men, and a forum for transgender-identified people with cancer. Each forum will be moderated by a social worker and will be available to participants 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The groups will operate in 12-week cycles, with new members accepted for the first four weeks of the cycle, and then the group will be closed until the next cycle.
Forum topics may include:
- Coming out to healthcare providers
- Sexuality and relationships after cancer treatment
- Pressure for gender conformity
- Body image
Pre-registration is required for any interested forum participants. Please click here to fill out a registration form. After your registration form is received, you will be contacted by a Network employee with additional questions and more information. Instruction and tutorials for the groups will be provided, but support group participants should be comfortable navigating the internet and typing on a keyboard.