It’s always great to get involved in one’s community. You get to meet new friends and make important connections, all while having fun and keeping busy.
The LGBT community is rich and offers a large number of social groups and networking opportunities — especially in South Florida — so finding the perfect group may feel like finding a needle in a haystack. MeetUp.com is an attempt to gather local community groups to be perused by site-goers, making the process of finding the perfect social group much more convenient.
Here are some of the most popular LGBT south Florida groups on MeetUp right now.
“Our mission is to create a safe and fun environment for gay men … to build an educated group of educated gay men,” said Jonathan Barrio, founder of the Gay Vista Social Club.
The club is for millennials (around the ages 18-40) who want to meet gay friends outside of the clubbing scene. Noticing that much of the LGBT social environment revolved around clubs and bars, the Gay Vista Social Club was created as an attempt to offer a social experience outside of the drama and noise of the clubbing scene.
The club aims to host one event a week, and dates and times can be found on their MeetUp calendar.
“Maybe just find new friends, maybe network, maybe find the man of your dreams, trade business referrals, and explore the hidden gems and activities of the beautiful city of Miami and its surrounding areas have to offer!” reads the group’s Facebook page.
“Looking to meet new and interesting gays and lesbians in the Ft Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach area? This is the group for you! This group is for gay and lesbian looking to meet new people in a fun and exciting atmosphere,” reads the GLEEs MeetUp page.
The Gay and Lesbian Excursion and Events (GLEEs) group offers a mix of events and meet ups around Wilton Manors. They cater to people who are new to the area who need help finding their way around town as well as people who have lived in the area for a while.
There is no membership cost, and along with hosted events, the club offers discussions every Monday night at 7 p.m.
This club is for socialites who want to expand their professional network. The second Tuesday of every month the club hold events which feature “fun activities and dynamic like-minded individuals,” according to the MeetUp page. Events begin at 6:30 p.m. and go to about 8:30 p.m.
Along with networking events and discussions, the group also participates in a variety of activities along with kayaking, bike riding, golfing, boating, snorkeling and scuba diving, beach parties, fossil hunting, dining, game nights and much more.
“We welcome cheerful like-minded people to join us and expand our network of professional gays and lesbians while we offer worthwhile activities and the opportunity to come together for a night out and making new friends in Palm Beach County, Boynton and Lake Worth to Hobe Sound, Stuart, Port St Lucie and all the surrounding areas,” reads MeetUp.
If you head over to the Wilton Manor’s Pride Center on Fridays from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. you will wander into the Young Adult GLBT social group. The meetings start with a brief discussion and move into activities such as board games or throwing a Frisbee. After the meeting the group goes out to eat.
The 18-35 year-old LGBT members also meet up for other events like bowling, laser tag, tennis and more. The group is free and open to any LGBT youth who are interested.
This club is for the dreamers who want to share their goals and accomplishments with like-minded, creative individuals.
“Come share and hear about individual dreams, passions, desires, life milestones and successes … all of the great things [desired] in your life,” reads the club’s description on MeetUp. “Network, become friends, have fun, and most importantly be open and willing to shift and look at life from a creative and growth perspective.”
The group is looking for people willing to “stretch and grow.” This forum-style club encourages discussion and brainstorming at their meetings — held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 7 p.m.
“Now is the time to live the life of your dreams. Surround yourself with local LGBT individuals and supporters of the community who are creating great things in their lives,” reads MeetUp.
Are you fueled by competition? Do you want a social group where you can meet new people while simultaneously crushing them at a board game?
Gay Game Night is a competitive board game group that chooses games, which encourage discussion and group participation so that attendees have a chance to get to know each other.
This is a group for those who enjoy “who enjoy playing board and party games as a fun, low stress way of meeting people and making friends,” according to MeetUp.
The group has a strict RSVP policy, as space (and game pieces) are limited. If you want to attend a game night, make sure to RSVP early and have a picture of yourself on your MeetUp profile.
For a those interested in a social group that gives back to both LGBT and surrounding communities, the Miami LGBT+ Volunteers offers community service opportunities in an inclusive group of like-minded individuals.
“This is a group of LGBT people and our allies in Miami that get together to volunteer and support the LGBT organizations in our community. In addition to volunteering with LGBT organizations, we also host regularly-scheduled volunteer service days for LGBT people to get engaged and give back to the greater Miami community,” according to OutMiami Volunteers.
The group is run by the OutMiami Foundation whose goal is to mobilize volunteers to help with Miami’s community and local LGBT organizations while also building an engaged community that offers networking and philanthropic opportunities and supporting existing LGBT organizations.
Come to the Hagen Park sand volleyball court on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to participate in beginner- and intermediate-skill level recreational volleyball. Everyone is welcome and, according to the MeetUp page, all you need to participate is “a willingness to learn and improve at the game and to have a fun time with your fellow GLBTQ friends and anyone else who wants to join in.”
Get active and meet fellow members of the GLBTQ community while also improving your volleyball skill. The group is more recreational than competitive, providing a much calmer (and sportsmanlike) environment.