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Making friends: Boston LGBTQ social groups

With the influx  of so many new residents at the start of each academic year, I like to update and share this post each September. If you are new to the area or looking to meet more people outside of a bar setting the groups listed below might be a good first step.  Note that some groups may currently be inactive due to the constraints resulting from COVID-19.

If you don’t see relevant or up-to-date information in the links shared below, contact me directly, and I can help find you the name and email of a contact for that group to learn more. 

BAGLY is a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs and policies for gay youth (volunteers are always welcome).

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses.  Auditions will be held January 19 and 23, 2022.

Boston Gay Men’s Books Club is monthly book club on MeetUp that focuses on literature by and about gay men. This month’s book is The Street Kids by Pier Paolo Pasolini and they will next meet on Sunday, September 19 at 5PM at the Public Garden.

Boston Gaymers is a thriving gaymer community, that holds various in-person and virtual events each month to bring together members and to have fun.

Boston Lesbigay Urban Foundation aims to create safe spaces for events to help build lasting relationships by breaking the cycle of disfunction in marginalized communities and helping to make medical and mental health awareness a priority to help lift up the black / brown / latino LGBTQ+ inner city community. 

Boston Prime Timers is a social organization of mature gay and bisexual men and their friends who join together for educational, support, and social activities.

Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are an areligious Order of Queer, Clown Nuns who pledge ourselves to promulgate Universal Joy and to eliminate Stigmatic Guilt. They are active in the community, engaging in volunteering, activism, entertaining and educating people.

Boston Sober Gay Sundays is a private FB group that organizes fun social events for people who identify as sober in the LGBTQIA+ community. Learn more about the group, its members, and the activities they organize by requesting to join the group.

Dignity Boston is a progressive, inclusive community of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their allies.

Fenway Health has been serving the local LGBT community for more than 40 years; the Fenway and AAC are always looking for volunteers.

Gay Beer Club is a Boston based organization that produces events and gatherings for members of the gay community. This group was very active pre-pandemic but their website is no longer active and their future is unclear at the moment.

Gay For Good mobilizes the LGBT community to interact with the greater community by volunteering their time with different monthly activities.

Gays Against Guns this group of civic-minded individuals meet and plan social programs aimed at raising awareness about gun violence and advocating for sensible regulations.

Gays for Patsy is a country western dancing club that holds events each month. Beginners are encouraged to join. According to their website they will begin dancing again, starting September 18th but bookmark their webpage to get the latest updates.

History Project is a volunteer-driven organization established in 1980 that focuses on preserving the history of Boston’s LGBT community to make it accessible to future generations. Next week they will be partnering with LGBT Elders of Color to host Stories of Our Inheritance, in Nubian Square.

Keshet works to ensure the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and their families. The group also create spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued and work to advance LGBTQ rights nationwide.

LGBT Elders of Color is a local group that conducts outreach to isolated LGBT older adults of color. They help build community through social engagement events, creative programs, and provide necessary resources for health care and aging services.

Mass Asian & Pacific Islanders (MAP) is a group that provide health counseling & support, referral & screening services, as well as general health promotion and advocacy for APIs in the Boston metro area and beyond. MAP is always looking for those interested in getting more involved. You can learn more about how to do that here.

Mass Bears & Cubs is a non-profit corporation, organized to provide and promote an inclusive LGBT+ community through charitable fund raising and other community events.

Men of Melanin Magic is an active social group in the Boston metropolitan area for those who identify as queer men of color. They host an annual Men of Color Weekend in Provincetown each summer and currently co-host Bussdown Fridays with Gay Mafia Boston at Legacy each Friday night.

Mountain Tops if you like to get out and hike, check out this gay hiking group in Boston that organizes trips and hikes regularly.

Naked Yoga for Men Naked Yoga For Men has been meeting since January 2000. For most of its history it has met twice per week. Our purpose is to improve our health and also to make friends.

Non-Scene Gay Friends of Greater Boston is a place for the LGBTQ+ community to hang out, make friends, explore Boston, and have fun doing a wide variety of activities typically separate from the gay bar “scene.”

Opus Affair is probably best known for their monthly cocktail party hosted at local restaurants and bars that are also used to help raise money for local arts organizations.

OUTbreath offers a safe space for those who identify as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning to come together to explore the practice of meditation and support each other in community.

Queer Boston Board Gamers is a friendly LGBTQ meet up group that connects regularly to play board games. The group has been on hiatus during the pandemic but their remains posts on their Facebook page that indicates they may be getting ready to come back again.

Yankee Cruising Club was founded over 25 years ago to bring LGBT boaters together to meet, make friends and most importantly get out on the water. You don’t need to have a boat to join – just a passion for boating.

Apologies if I have overlooked any gay organizations in the area. Add information in the comments section or reach out to me, and I’ll be happy to add your group to this list.

Opus Affair cocktail social tonight 6-9PM at Stoddard’s

LGBT social, gay bostonLooking for something to do after work? Want to meet new, interesting people in Boston? Why not check out Opus Affair’s monthly cocktail social which takes place after work at Stoddard’s in Downtown Crossing?

There is no cost but Opus Affair does ask people to RSVP if possible so they can keep count and ensure the bar has enough staff – this group is very popular and attracts a large crowd. If you’re thinking of going RSVP – it takes just a minute.

Opus Affair Cocktail Social 6-9PM
Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale
48 Temple Place, Boston
RSVP – Yes, I’m Going

About: Opus Affair is a mix of artists and art appreciators who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene in Boston. Some come for serious networking, others come for fun. There’s no agenda—just a chance to have a few drinks with other like-minded folks. Bring some friends or come make some new ones.

Opus Affair cocktail social tonight

Opus AffairJoin Opus Affair in Central Square this evening at Brick & Mortar for their roving, monthly cocktail social, from 6 – 9 PM.

Don’t forget to RSVP
There is no cost – it is just to help them keep track of numbers

About Opus Affair in their own words: Opus Affair is a mix of artists and art appreciators who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene in Boston…or whatever else comes to mind. Some people come for serious networking, others come for fun. There’s no agenda—just a chance to have a few drinks with other like-minded folks.

Opus Affair gets social at W Boston, Monday, Nov. 16

Opus Affair at W Boston November 2015One of my favorite social groups in Boston, Opus Affair, is hosting a cocktail party at one of the coolest hotel lounges in the city – W Boston Hotel on Monday, November 16th.

Take the opportunity to swing by solo or with friends for a drink or two and mingle with this group which is a mix of artists and those who appreciate the local art scene. There is no cost to attend but to help them keep track of RSVPs, please register on their eventbrite page here.

Opus Affair heads to Scholars for cocktails in DTX Tuesday, April 28th

Opus AffairTomorrow after work, Opus Affair will host a social at Scholars Boston Bistro located near Downtown Crossing at 25 School Street.  This gregarious group attracts artists and those who appreciate the arts community to their monthly social.  If you’ve never attended be certain to give their Punch Bowl Fund a try.  Your purchase of their punch bowl will go to something they call the Punch Bowl Fund where you get to designate a ticket to one of three arts charities.  At the end of the night the charity with the most tickets from the punch bowl drinks gets to take home that month’s “donation”.

Scholars Boston Bistro at 25 School Street in DTX
Tuesday, April 28th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Make sure to RSVP  (There isn’t a cost – it is just to help keep count!)

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who love the arts and gather together for cocktails to chat about the arts scene and make new friends.  If you’ve never been to an Opus Affair social come and check them out.

Opus Affair social at Stoddards tonight

Opus AffairTonight, Opus Affair will ring in the New Year at Stoddard’s in Downtown Crossing, where three years ago they started their now famous Punch Bowl Fund. This month’s Punch Bowl is featuring: Bridge Rep of Boston, Girls Rock Camp, and Opera on Tap.

Make sure to RSVP

(Note:  there is no cost to RSVP – it is just to help keep count!)

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who love the arts and gather together for cocktails to chat about the arts scene and make new friends.  If you’ve never been to an Opus Affair social come and check them out.

Opus Affair at Bastille Kitchen – Mon. Nov. 24 6-9PM

Opus AffairOpus Affair is hosting their monthly cocktail social at Bastille Kitchen on Melcher Street in Fort Point Channel. This month’s Punch Bowl Fund will raise money for one of these three arts charities: Boston Opera Collaborative, Arts Connect International, and Shelter Music Boston.

RSVP – No Cost (and lots of fun) – Bastille Kitchen 6-9PM

What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of the three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will collect the total amount raised that night.

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who love the arts who get together for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.  If you’ve never been to one of their socials stop by and check them out.

Opus Affair at Liberty Hotel tonight 6-9PM

Opus Affair, Alibi BarJoin the arts loving social group, Opus Affair, tonight for their monthly cocktails and conversations at the Alibi bar at the Liberty Hotel.   This month’s Punch Bowl Fund will raise money for one of these three arts charities: Emmanuel Music, the Fifth Floor Collective, and Grand Harmonie!

RSVP – No Cost (and lots of fun) – Alibi Bar 6-9PM

What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of the three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will collect the total amount raised that night.

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who love the arts who get together for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.  If you’ve never been come and check them out.

Opus Affair at Liquid Art House on Tuesday

Opus AffairMark your calendar, Opus Affair’s June social heads to the new Liquid Art House on Tuesday, June 24th in Back Bay at 100 Arlington Street.  Be sure to partake in the Punch Bowl Fund.

Opus Affair at Park – Tuesday, June 24th at 6PM

RSVP – No Cost

What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will collect the total amount raised that night.

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.  More about Opus Affair here.

Happy birthday Opus Affair

The Hawthorne, BostonSix years ago Opus Affair was started by Graham Wright to bring together artists, friend of artists and those who are passionate about art and culture.  Since that time, Opus Affair has grown significantly and regularly hosts all sorts of interesting programs and events; they even recently opened a chapter in Miami.

To commemorate their 6th birthday, tomorrow – Monday, May 19th, Opus Affair will gather at The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square to mix, mingle, enjoy a cocktail or two and raise some money for three local arts charities through their innovative, charitable drinking game (a.k.a. “Punch Bowl Fund”) that you can read more about here.

The details: Hawthorne at 500 Comm. Ave from 6-9PM

No plans after work on Monday? Check out this friendly group. More information here.

Opus Affair this Monday

Opus AffairMark your calendar, Opus Affair’s March social takes place Monday, March 24th at Forum in Back Bay at 755 Boylston Street.  This month’s Punch Bowl Fund will raise money for one of these three arts charities: Zoe Dance CompanyTramontana, and Massmouth

Opus Affair at Park – Monday, March 24th at 6PM

RSVP – No Cost

What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will collect the total amount raised that night.

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.

Opus Affair checks out Park in Harvard Square

Opus AffairOpus Affair’s January social takes place tonight at Park in Harvard Square at 59 JFK Street.  This month’s Punch Bowl Fund will raise money for one of these three arts charities: Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Meravelha, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

Opus Affair at Park – Monday, January 27th at 6PM

RSVP – No Cost

What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund you ask? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will get a donation for the total amount raised that night.

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.

Opus Affair at Forum Boston tonight

Opus AffairWhile Boston’s unfriendly reputation is sometimes deserved there are a number of groups that have made a concerted effort to help people connect – like Opus Affair. This group defines themselves as a “community of artists and friends” who meet monthly for cocktails around Boston and each month Opus Affair attracts a large, friendly group worth checking out.

Some come for networking, others come for fun, but each monthly gathering is informal and very social.  No plans tonight? Check out Opus Affair’s monthly get together.  This month they will be at Forum in the Back Bay on Boylston Street.

Opus Affair at Forum Boston at 755 Boylston Street @ 6PM

More details about tonight’s get together is available here.

Opus Affair

Looking for something fun to do tomorrow night?  Opus Affair is hosting January’s monthly get together at the very cool West Bridge in Kendall Square.

Opus AffairWhen: Tuesday, Jan. 22nd at 6:00 PM
Where: West Bridge, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge
Opus Affair is comprised primarily (but not exclusively) of young professionals and artists from the area who meet up each month to socialize.  Keeping with the group’s interest in supporting the local arts community, there is also a charitable drinking game (a.k.a the Punch Bowl Fund) where you may contribute $5 (cash only). In exchange for your contribution, you receive a drink ticket good for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of the three featured arts groups. The organization with the most votes that night gets the money.

This month the Punch Bowl fund will be featuring:
The Fenway Alliance
Collective Creature (a Yes.Oui.Si. project)
MetroWest Opera

Opus Affair social tonight

Looking for something fun to do tonight? Are you aware of tonight’s event hosted by Opus Affair? They will be hosting their monthly cocktails reception at Back Bay’s Speakeasy / Nightclub, Storyville, located in the space previously occupied by Saint at 90 Exeter Street.

Who is Opus Affair?

Opus Affair is an informal social group mostly comprised of artists and art enthusiasts / patrons in their 20s and 30s.  It is a very social and friendly group who have made me (a 40-something) feel very welcome when I’ve attended in the past.

Monday 6-9PM Storyville at 90 Exeter Street

Tonight’s program at Storyville is one part social and one part fundraiser.  Opus Affair asks that you RSVP (no cost) and encourages you to vote ($10 per vote) for one of three charities.  One of these three charities names will be drawn during the social and receive the amount raised by votes for tonight’s event. There is more information about these charities and to RSVP here.