Lesbian – Gay – Bi – Transgender – Queer – LGBTQ with Herpes
If you are gay, lesbian, bi or transgender and have genital herpes (HSV-1 and/or HSV-2) you are definitely not alone!
Bay Area Friends welcomes everyone over 18 who has genital herpes, regardless of gender, sexual preference, race, religion, ethnicity or point of view. To join the Bay Area Friends Meetup Group, go to http://www.meetup.com/bayareafriends1
We encourage you to join the Bay Area Friends Meetup Group FIRST since these other groups are not very active, and our main group is welcoming of EVERYONE and a lot of fun. You’ll probably meet more LGBT friends by organizing LGBT events on the main Bay Area Friends Meetup Group than you will by waiting for the existing Yahoo Groups to organize anything. Bay Area Friends main group has about 10% LGBT members and even at non-LGBT-specific events, everyone is totally welcome.
There is also a *secret* Facebook group for LGBTQ folks who have herpes. To join, please follow the directions to join National HELP, a *secret* Facebook support group for people with herpes. Once you have successfully joined National HELP, ask how to be connected the secret FB group for LGBTQ members with herpes.
Whatever group(s) you decide to join – remember – these groups depend on regular members LIKE YOU to organize fun events, and tend to become whatever you make of them. If you make a consistent effort to get the word out and build awareness, over time you will be able to increase your membership and support network. Tell your friends and partners to join. Organize events and gatherings for your group so members can meet each other. Don’t expect other people to do all the work. Do your part!