The LGBTQ+ Peer Led Support Group (PLSG), a partnership between SAPAC and Spectrum Center, is a confidential healing space for those who identify as survivors of sexual violence, sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and/or stalking. LGBTQ+ PLSG is a weekly drop-in, student-led group that welcomes students of any gender, age, degree level, or identity.
The group offers semi-structured activities, self-care practices, and a safe space for sharing experiences with LGBTQ+ identity, violence, and the intersection between both, if individuals choose to share. The group is open to all survivors of sexual and relationship violence, whether those experiences happened earlier in life or in college.
This space specifically centers survivors who identify as LGBTQ+ and are currently University of Michigan students; if you do not identify as LGBTQ+, we encourage you to consider joining SAPAC’s General Peer Led Support Group.
To fill out a confidential interest form and receive emails from facilitators: LGBTQ+ PLSG Interest Form
Winter 2024 Meeting Schedule:
Interested in learning about trauma, trauma-informed care, and healing in community with survivors? Curious about the LGBTQ+ Peer Led Support Group? Come to a workshop! Hosted by SAPAC's LGBTQ+ Peer Led Support Group facilitators!
When: Fall 2023 meetings have wrapped up, we will announce Winter 2024 opportunities soon! Sign up on the interest form above to be notified about upcoming meetings!
Micah (they/them) is a junior majoring in Psychology and Gender & Health. Their academic interests include autism, gender and sexuality, family and relationships, and social psychology. This is their first year as a PLSG co-facilitator, and they're excited to meet more members of the campus queer community! Outside of SAPAC, they are a researcher in the SOAR (Student Opportunities in AIDS Research) program, a course assistant in the Summer Bridge Scholars Program, as well as an officer of the Casual Gaming Club and the Video Game Music Club.
Helena Geyman Notario (she/her) is a junior from Northville, Michigan, majoring in nursing. Outside of school, Helena is a member of SAPAC’s Survivor Empowerment & Ally Support (SEAS) Volunteer Program. She also serves as Safety Chair and an E-Board member for Metal Frat and is involved in the School of Nursing’s LGBTQ+ Nursing Club and the Student Nurse Association. Helena is a part of the Honors program at the School of Nursing and there she is researching lesbian help seeking behaviors post-IPV. This is Helena’s first year facilitating the LGBTQ+ PLSG and she greatly looks forward to fostering connections and community with the LGBTQ+ survivors at UMich!