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BGLAD

Supporting LGBTQ+ youth

Meeting virtually Thursdays at 5 p.m.

YES’ LGBTQ+ youth support group BGLAD continues to meet weekly Thursdays at 5 p.m. using confidential, HIPAA compliant ZOOM sessions. Different dates/times may be added in the future so if our current time doesn’t work for you please still click on the registration below and fill out the information so we reach out and support you.

If you would like to join the group for the first time, please click on the registration link below and fill out the brief screening to get started.

If you have attended BGLAD before (prior to being online), please click on the registration link below and complete the screening in order to get access the ZOOM meeting information.

Registration link: https://youtheastsideservices.org/joinbglad

In either case, you can also call group coordinator Justin Daigneault at 425-586-2338 and leave a voicemail with your name, number, and best times to get back to you. Keep in mind that when we return your call it may come across as a blocked number due to confidentiality.

What is BGLAD?

BGLAD is an open, weekly drop-in support group for youth ages 13 to 19, focused on being a welcoming and affirming space for people exploring or seeking support for their identities.

If you’re looking to meet new people who also identify as LGBTQ+, want to learn more about local resources, or just generally want something structured to do with other teens, come check us out!

Cost: FREE!

Light snacks are provided.

Facilitators

BGLAD is co-facilitated by licensed mental health professionals who have experience working with LGBTQ youth. They help members feel welcome, maintain the rules of mutual respect and confidentiality, and offer ideas and resources during group time.

Schedule

Thursdays, 5 – 7 p.m.
YES Bellevue – Crossroads Park (Currently virtually through ZOOM sessions)

Frequently asked questions

Q: What happens at BGLAD?
A: The first hour is typically a game, a discussion, open mic night, arts and crafts, a speaker, or another activity focused on getting to know one another in a low-stress and welcoming environment. The second hour is typically when each person shares their highs and lows of the week and gets support from others as needed.

We have ground rules for the group that we all agree to and talk about every session.

Q: How many people show up and what’s the average age?
A: It ranges from week to week, but generally we have anywhere between 10 and 20 participants and the average age is about 15 or 16 but we do get some younger and some older participants within the range of 13-19 too!

Q: What do I need to do in order to attend?
A: Come to the Bellevue YES location on Thursdays just before 5 p.m. and wait in the lobby. If you want to let the front desk know you are there for BGLAD that is great, otherwise one of the facilitators will come to the lobby to get the group around 5 p.m. To keep things confidential we generally don’t yell “BGLAD group!” however we encourage participants to walk back with the crowd or ask the facilitator to confirm you are in the right place. Even if you come late please just check in with the front desk.

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