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LGBTQIA+ Connect Group

LGBTQIA+
104 Members

This online group serves the LGBTQIA+ members of our arthritis community seeking family inside the arthritis community. We invite all to the rainbow table for support, education, robust programming, expert speakers, and camaraderie.

Live Yes! Connect Groups offer connections, education, and empowerment. Adults living with arthritis from across the country come together online for professional- and volunteer-led sessions on topics, as well as fun group activities.

We offer a place of understanding and encouragement for both people living with arthritis and their loved ones. Group participants become self-advocates, develop self-management skills, and learn how to not just survive life with arthritis but to thrive.

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, March 17th, 2024
    6:00 PM ET
    1h 30m
  • Virtual Event
  •   15 people attending
LGBTQIA+ Connect Group - Catch up and Kvetch

Join us  March 17th at 6 pm ET / 5 pm CT / 4 pm MT / 3 pm PT.

For our sping time meeting lets just all have a time where we can catch up and complain a little. The sping is always hard time for those of us with any sort of arthritis/autoimmiune issues. Bring your beverage of choice and a list of greivances for some fellowship with those that will understand your aches, pains, and complains!

We respect privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meetings. 

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!
 

 

 

 This is a Virtual Event. 
  • Sunday, May 5th, 2024
    6:00 PM ET
    1h 30m
  • Virtual Event
  •   9 people attending
LGBTQIA+ Connect Group - A Side of OK

Please join the LGBTQIA Connect Group on Sunday, May 5, 2024  at 6 PM EST / 5 PM CST / 4 PM MST / 3 PM PST  for a “Side of OK”

Member and guest facilitator Lorena will lead us in thoughts based on the book Becoming Okay (When You're Not Okay): A step-by-step guide to decrease suffering and develop acceptance by Bryan Bushman Ph.D.  The  ISBN-10 for this book is 0692078258 or ISBN-13 ‏ :  978-0692078259Try out the library or a kindle or new/used copy online.

Lorena is a queer disabled woman with a lifelong passion for books. When rheumatoid arthritis and other health issues forced her into early retirement from her beloved job as a technical editor, she began volunteering to review books. 

How do you use self compassion in your life? What does acceptance mean to you?  How can we use flexibility to not have our hardships obstruct our views?

Join us for a queer side of OK!  Special outreach to all LGBTQIA+ newcomers, always.  Welcome!  We are glad you are here.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 This is a Virtual Event. 
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Arthritis Foundation Event
  • Sunday, March 17th, 2024
    6:00 PM ET
    1h 30m
  • Virtual Event
  •   15 people attending
LGBTQIA+ Connect Group - Catch up and Kvetch

Join us  March 17th at 6 pm ET / 5 pm CT / 4 pm MT / 3 pm PT.

For our sping time meeting lets just all have a time where we can catch up and complain a little. The sping is always hard time for those of us with any sort of arthritis/autoimmiune issues. Bring your beverage of choice and a list of greivances for some fellowship with those that will understand your aches, pains, and complains!

We respect privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meetings. 

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!
 

 

 

 This is a Virtual Event. 
  • Sunday, May 5th, 2024
    6:00 PM ET
    1h 30m
  • Virtual Event
  •   9 people attending
LGBTQIA+ Connect Group - A Side of OK

Please join the LGBTQIA Connect Group on Sunday, May 5, 2024  at 6 PM EST / 5 PM CST / 4 PM MST / 3 PM PST  for a “Side of OK”

Member and guest facilitator Lorena will lead us in thoughts based on the book Becoming Okay (When You're Not Okay): A step-by-step guide to decrease suffering and develop acceptance by Bryan Bushman Ph.D.  The  ISBN-10 for this book is 0692078258 or ISBN-13 ‏ :  978-0692078259Try out the library or a kindle or new/used copy online.

Lorena is a queer disabled woman with a lifelong passion for books. When rheumatoid arthritis and other health issues forced her into early retirement from her beloved job as a technical editor, she began volunteering to review books. 

How do you use self compassion in your life? What does acceptance mean to you?  How can we use flexibility to not have our hardships obstruct our views?

Join us for a queer side of OK!  Special outreach to all LGBTQIA+ newcomers, always.  Welcome!  We are glad you are here.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 This is a Virtual Event. 
  • Sunday, July 14th, 2024
    6:00 PM ET
    1h 30m
  • Virtual Event
  •   7 people attending
LGBTQIA+ Connect Group - Late Pride is the Best Pride & Pride History Trivia

Please join the LGBTQIA Connect Group on Sunday, July 14, 2024  at 6 PM EST / 5 PM CST / 4 PM MST /3 PM PST  for  Late Pride is the Best Pride and Pride History Trivia.

Well, our pride is eternal.  Last year we were early.  This year we are late.

Did you know that in 2023, there were over 520 anti LGBTQ+  bills introduced across our state capitals and that over 70 were enacted?   Now more than ever, we need to affirm and celebate our differences and our identities.

We are going to do a lightening round of pride history trivia and the winner will be crowned our LGBTQIA+ Live Yes Connect Queer History Bee Winner.  Bonus points for bringing a queer banned booked title.

Bring a mocktail or cocktail.  Be the community you want to have.

This is for the ones who never gave up.
The ones who carried dreams of love
bigger than anyone thought possible
and who made it possible.
The ones who showed up
so we could show out,
today and every day.

                 -Mercedes Lucero

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 This is a Virtual Event. 
  • Sunday, September 22nd, 2024
    6:00 PM ET
    1h 30m
  • Virtual Event
  •   0 people attending
LGBTQIA+ Connect Group September Brag

Please join us on Sunday, September 22, 2024  at  6 PM EST, 5 PM CST, 4 PM MST, 3 PM PST for SEPTEMBER BRAG - as we celebrate the Autumn Equinox the mid point between the summer and winter solstice:  Do you feel like you are balancing?  It’s the fall equinox!  Join us for a queerly unique discussions on your newest accomplishments, plod, celebration, or learned failure.  Bring pictures for the chat, bring words for encouragement, bring silence for contemplation.  If you are firmly for or against pumpkin spice, let us know.

  • If you bake or cook, bring a recipe, post it in the chat

  • If you have a forward thinking  arthritis remedy, share it

  • If you have a best book selection to read next, do tell

  • If you live in art, share a part of your portfolio

  • If you are writing a dissertation, bring a page.

  • If you graduated recently tell us how you have changed (or not)

  • If you meditate, then center us

  • If you are tired, bring your exhaustion

  • If you have a need name it and maybe the group can storm it

If we like this change of fall pace, we will repeat this annually on or near the fall equinox! 

We respect privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meetings.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 This is a Virtual Event. 

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Margaret  S
Margaret S
September 27, 2023 - 2:32 PM

Hi 👋🏼 I'm Margaret, 46 yrs old, I live in Asheville NC with my wife. I've had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since age 9 and it carried on into adulthood. 
I'm trying to get back in shape and I feel like my physical therapist doesn't understand me and is pushing me too hard and I'm feeling resentment due to the pain from what he's asking me to do. I feel like having RA is having a totally different kind of body and response system to exercise. Does anyone else feel this way? I've yet to have a good relationship with physical therapy because I end up in so much pain that it negates what it's supposed to be doing. Has anyone had success with a PT understanding how to rehabilitate you differently?? 

Ro F
Ro F
September 27, 2023 - 2:43 PM

HI Margaret

Welcome. We are glad you are here.  This is Ro.  My co-facilitator and partner in crime on this group is Erika who will also probably answer you.

PT cane be a blessing or a curse dependending.  We get it.  I find when I am at my worst, I can only tolerate PT in the heated medical pool.  I have one about 30 minutes from my house.  Is this an option for you?  I also have participated in the arthritis foundation aquatics group exercises at the Y which also has a heated pool.  I am sorry the PT is being too rigorous for your stage of pain.  Can you switch physical therapists until you find one that aligns with your level of communication and need?  And yes I only motor normally when I am not in a flare which is pretty close to almost, never.  How would you feel if you took the exercises that the PT gave you and did them yourself at home at your own pace?  One of my favorite tools at home when in flare is my TRX system (resistance bands that hang over a closed door in my hallway).  I can do very very very VERY small movements with them.  The other is medical chair yoga.  I find a free program and do one off you tube.  Glad you found us.  We meet every other month and have a variety of discussions.  I would love to bring someone on to do chair yoga with us and we can shut off our cameras for privacy.  Be well and meet you soon.  Ro and Erika

Ro F
Ro F
May 20, 2023 - 8:51 PM

if you rsvp'd for our zoom pride tomorrow, Sunday, May 21, 2023,  here's the registration link

If you are new, we have a two step registration process.  click on this link below and fill out a few things and you will get a zoom link.  

https://arthritisfoundation.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkdO2vqjksEtfi0LBMhmkSR6Y7IfqdSsFJ 

see you tomorrow

BE THE COMMUNITY YOU WANT TO HAVE

Ro F
Ro F
November 9, 2022 - 11:47 AM

We are looking forward to seeing ALL of you on this Sunday, November 13, 2022 for our event "East West and Me:  A Physician's perspective

the time for this event is:   3 PM EST, 2 PM CST, 1 PM MST, and 12 Noon PST  - check YOUR time zone

This timing is different from our last 2 lgbtqui  meetings so please note the time that you start based on your time zone.

  Here is the registration link for the upcoming event.    You need to click this link and fill out a few small items to get the direct zoom link. 

 https://arthritisfoundation.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oc-Ctqz4oEtBOm6tCQX27W5ltDwwIIhhQ

Again, for newbies: We have a 2 step registration.  Your RSVP on the site is the first step.  This link is the second step and will take you to a short form which will give you the zoom link.   Last month new folksl with the LGBTQIA group had some issues logging in:  the link above must be filled out in order to receive a direct zoom link. 

Erika W
Erika W
October 11, 2022 - 11:53 AM

Hi everyone!

I wanted to drop a friendly reminder here that our next meetin will be this Sunday October 16 at 6pm EST, 5pm CST, 4pm MST, 3PM PST. I really hope to see you all there for some good discussion and support!