ORLANDO | Olivia Sain could not find a support group of people like herself. When she came out in October, she was isolated and lonely, but then she forged her own path and looked to create the group she could not find.
“My motto is, “If you can’t find it, create it,” Sain says.
Then, Butterfly Talks gained its wings.
Butterfly Talks is a group for lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transgender and queer women of all ages creating a positive, empowering environment for those looking to build friendships, mentorships, and support.
The group began meeting in late March and continues to grow. Meetings are usually centered around a topic and lead into an activity or a game to help foster the support and friendships of LGBTQ women in the Orlando area. The topics are chosen from surveys sent to meeting-goers prior to each meeting.
Sain says that the group fills a huge need in the LGBTQ community and that there are a lot of issues that are not usually spoken of unless it is brought up in a group setting.
“It’s important because the women feel very isolated and need a safe place to express the silent struggles they go through and gain support without being judged,” Sain says.
The group meets every other Saturday at the LGBTQ Center of Orlando and requires a $2 donation before entering the meeting.
Image from Butterfly Talks Facebook