Talk & Listen Group


What is a Talk & Listen Group?

A Talk and Listen Group (T&L for short) is a confidential group conversation focused on how we live our lives as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender elders (age 50 and up). It has a few special qualities and guidelines. Here’s how they work:

  • A facilitator guides the discussion to make sure everyone gets a chance to be heard.
  • We start by going around the room to introduce ourselves and, if you feel like it, sharing how you’ve been since the last meeting.
  • Anyone is free to suggest a discussion topic that has been on their mind recently. The facilitator distills some of those suggestions into a starting topic

The “rules” are simple:

  • ◦We don’t judge, criticize, or give advice.
  • Instead, we speak only from our own experience, relating the challenges we have faced in our own lives and how we have approached them.
  • The rest of the participants are free to take these ideas home to consider whether they suit their own lives.

A Talk & Listen Group is not a therapy group, but it is meant to be supportive.

Are Talk & Listen Groups right for you?

Let’s talk about it and see how you feel.

For more info, email Kenneth at with your name and phone number so we can have a chat.

2020 Meeting Dates:

Saturday January 11th, 2 to 4 pm
Saturday February 15th, 2 to 4 pm
Saturday March 21st, 2 to 4 pm
Saturday April 18th, 2 to 4 pm
Saturday May 16th, 2 to 4 pm
Saturday June 20th, 11 am to 1 pm (Earlier Time Due to Pride Festival)
Saturday July 11th, 2 to 4 PM
Saturday August 15th, 2 to 4 pm
Saturday September 19th, 2 to 4 pm
Saturday October 17th, 2 to 4 pm
Saturday December 19th, 2 to 4 pm

The meeting location for November of 2020 is still being worked out. They are not booking any rooms in November of 2020 at the Berkshire Athenaeum