Start Your Own LGBTQ+ Book or Film Discussion Group

I’m happy to have helped facilitate the organization of two dozen LGBTQ+ Literature and Film discussion groups, during the early years of this site. Groups were begun in Canada and the US, Latin America, the UK, Europe, and Australia.

I hope this updated “Start Your Own Group” resource will help continue that tradition!

  1. Basically, get the word out through friends and members of other groups that you belong to. Of course, use social media: Facebook Instagram, Twitter, et al.
  2. Decide among interested people what schedule works for them. Best to keep the same day and time each month. Consider major holidays when making the schedule.
  3. Will you meet online, or in-person? Or some combination of both?
  4. Pick the first book and/or movie you all want to discuss. Lot of fun with a Fiction & Film Group, that used to meet in NYC, where we’d all read a book in advance, then together watch the film version, and have a discussion of both. And share a friendly potluck dinner. (Check the legality for your country, but typically watching a movie with family or a group of friends, in a private home, does not constitute a “public performance” for which you would have to pay the rights’ holder.)
  5. Ideally, there would be no fee involved for your meetings. Times are tough all over. As a cost-saving measure, meet at a member’s home (so no facility rental). Share a pot luck meal. People can bring their favorite dishes, and that can also be a great conversation starter.
  6. If meeting in person won’t work, some streaming services (including Netflix Party and Amazon Prime Video Watch Party) now let you watch — and share comments during — a movie simultaneously with a group of people.
  7. At the first meeting, encourage people to nominate a favorite book or film, for the next discussion. Diversity is important, and there’s a lot of that in the 5,000 year LGBTQ+ arts tradition!
  8. It would be great to have an online group resource (such as Facebook), so that people could continue the discussion by posting their latest thoughts, sharing resources including personal Favorites lists, and posting the date and time for upcoming discussions.
  9. Keep it simple and friendly. HAVE FUN!

Website begun 1997 / Revised September14, 2020

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