Programs and Services

Yoga: Newark Yoga Movement has partnered with the Center to offer free yoga on Monday nights 6:30-7:30pm. The Center is a safe space for LGBTQ people; being mindful of this, everyone is welcome to participate. Come with an open heart and get ready to relax your mind, stretch your body, and meet new friends. Classes are free but donations are encouraged. Donations go to the Newark Yoga Movement to teach yoga in schools in Newark and the Center.

Chill, Chat & Chew: Hyacinth AIDS Foundation holds a Black Gay Men’s Group at the Center on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 6-8pm. All are welcome to come through, connect, reconnect, work on some new thoughts and new ways of relating to each other brother to brother!

Craft Night: a vibrant and energetic community craft/crochet/knitting circle that meets on select Wednesdays. Anyone interested is welcome to come and enjoy in on the fun!  It is always a lively evening of conversation, fun and laughter. The reward of this Circle is our give-back to community by donating to other organizations like Babyland in Newark, Dialysis Unit in NY and Newark’s Broadway House for Continuing Care.

Book Discussion Group: this is a forum where poetry lovers and comic enthusiasts alike can come together and talk about the queer reading experience. The group is open to all LGBTQ+ and their allies with a love for reading. Genres chosen can be LGBTQ+, but do not have to be, and will be open to discussion. Meetings will be held on select Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm at the Center. Refreshments will be served.

Adult Game Night: a group of adults on Thursday evenings from 6-8:30pm to play card and board games, enjoy some light snacks, and if the feeling’s right, break out into dance with some classic music.

True Colors: the youth and young adult program at the Center. The program is focuses on creating a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people and their friends between the ages of 16-25. True Colors hosts Chill Night on select Fridays.

Community Dinner: Regularly held on the second Sunday of each month 4-6pm, our goal is to provide a space for people to connect with each other on a regular basis to “break bread” and participate in a group dialogue, if they wish. We ask for a donation of at least $5 at the door, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Any extra proceeds will go towards the next dinner, or donated back to the Center. The event is open to the LGBTQ community, allies, and friends.

Queer Support Group:  This group meets regularly to discuss topics pertaining to the queer community, as chosen by participants. The groups will have a peer facilitator to guide the discussion. Participants will be asked to “check in” at the beginning of the meeting, but are not required to do so. There will also be breakout sessions held at least once a month led by individuals who identify with the specific group within the queer community and allies. People of all faiths, beliefs, and backgrounds are welcome. New participants are always welcome. Please check calendar for upcoming meetings.

Transgender Support Group: A breakout session of the Queer Support Group, this group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month 7:15-8:30pm to discuss topics pertaining to the queer community, as chosen by participants. Light refreshments and small gift bags provided.

50+ Support Group: This is a peer support group for older adults in the community that meets to discuss issues related to health, wellness, and finances, among other topics. Donations are encouraged, and will be put towards offsite activities. Please check calendar for upcoming meetings.

Other services include:

  • Free computer and Internet use.
  • Local artist gallery space.
  • “Cafe Rainbow” coffee and conversations Monday through Friday afternoons.

On the Horizon: 

  • Inter-generational discussions with parents and their LGBTQ children.
  • Community education classes.
  • Community health fair.