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.
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
every Fourth wednesday of the month, 6-8pm
champaign public libarary, room tbd
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.compasschampaign.com
We are currently developing more community groups. We are in need of sponsors and volunteer leaders for these new programs.
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.