Whether you are moving to a new city and don't know a lot of people or you simply want to meet new individuals within the LGBTQ community, joining social groups and activities can provide a great way to do just that while also having some extra fun. Here are a few options to consider as you look for new social activities.
1. Gay Kickball
Gay kickball has leagues in several large cities, and it encourages people to join teams and engage in a fun game with others. As you begin building your relationship with your team, friendships may blossom to give you new connections within the community. If you aren't sure about whether or not kickball is the sport for you, check with the local gay kickball association to find the pickup game schedule. You can join in a pickup game to test out the experience and see if it's right for you. Of course, if kickball isn't for you, look into other sports groups, such as softball, football, or tennis.
One way to meet new people while giving back to the community is through volunteering. This option is great if you aren't into sports or if you believe in giving of yourself. You can find groups in your area that serve the local gay community, or you can partner with a larger national organization that hosts a chapter in your area. Volunteering opportunities range from mentoring youth to working at soup kitchens that serve the homeless. Look for a cause that's near and dear to your heart, and begin making friendships as you do good for the world around you.
3. Social Media Meeting Groups
If you are savvy with social media, consider joining a social media group for the LGBTQ community in your area. You can connect with people through these online platforms, RSVP to in-person activities, and even begin to build friendships before meeting people in person. This is a great option if you want to get to know people before spending time with them in a social setting, and it also provides a way to interact with a larger group of people. As you look for groups, consider special or niche groups for people who share some of your common interests. This might include acting, sports, comedy, or reading.
Even making one new friend in the LGBTQ community can lead to more connections and friendships, which gives you a way to become part of the community you live in. If you aren't sure about taking on one of these activities by yourself, consider asking a close friend or ally to accompany you as you branch out and start engaging with new social groups.
Contact a company like America's Finest Kickball League for more information and assistance.