A Safe Space to Gather

The UP Center is proud to facilitate a variety of support and social groups to meet the needs of the our local LGBTQ+ community. Our groups are volunteer-run, and intend to provide safe, open spaces for individuals to come together and discuss anything from current events to emotional stressors to what their favorite shows are!

Our social/support services are offered 100% free of charge at all times because we believe everyone has a right to live well regardless of their financial situation. We are able to offer these services through community support. If you are able, please consider becoming a sponsor to help us continue to offer these critical services to our community.


Talk it UP!

every monday, 6-8pm
university ymca, room tbd

Talk it UP is for youth ages 11-17. Groups meetings are two-hour sessions each Monday, with one hour of structured discussion and one hour of fun-time with other youth. Facilitators for this group must pass a criminal background check and undergo mandatory reporter training to ensure the youth who attend are in safe hands.

Want to enroll? We will have someone staffed at the Center during regular group times. Contact Zev with questions: Zev@unitingpride.org



Every first thursday of the month, 6-7:30pm
urbana free library, room tbd

The UParent group is for parents to discuss the challenges and nuances of raising a child who identifies as LGBTQ+, as well as for LGBTQ+ parents. For more information email 

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COMPASS Counseling Trans Support Group

Every Thursday 6:30-8pm

The Up Center is proud to refer individuals to The Trans Group, a successful long-running support group facilitated by Chris Mayer, LCSW and former board member of the Up Center. The Trans Group is a support group open to anyone who identifies as trans, gender queer, non-binary, gender fluid, agender, gender nonconforming, or any gender minority. This group is a service of Compass Counseling and meets every Thursday. Please email:  chris@compasschampaign.com   www.compasschampaign.com

We are currently developing more community groups. We are in need of sponsors and volunteer leaders for these new programs.


GalUP is our Women’s group to discuss the unique challenges faced by women in the  LGBTQ+ community, including transgender women and female-bodied or female-presenting non-binary individuals.


ManUP is our Men’s social/support group to promote discussions about navigating masculinity as an individual who identifies as LGBTQ+, including transgender men and male-bodied or male-presenting nonbinary individuals.

Livin' it UP

Livin’ it UP is an old program that we are excited to revitalize! This group is a wellness program for LGBTQ+ individuals to support each other in wellness (both physically and mentally) as well as to promote body positivity, gender identity positivity, and live all-around healthier lifestyles. We are seeking a facilitator for this group who has a background in physical wellness to lead a group of individuals in making healthier choices in their daily lives!

Trans/Nonbinary/Intersex (TIN) UP

Our trans/nonbinary/intersex support group is for those individuals who identify as such, or are questioning their identity. A peer-guided group in a safe space to discuss the social, political, and personal challenges faced by non-cisgender individuals in our communities.