Charlotte Friends Indeed

is an informal supportgroup for gay men.  We address a wide range of topics from

vitality and contentment, frame working our lives and and provide a place to discuss sensitive issues for those whom depressions resonates in a positive and open forum where anonymity is respected. 

The group derived from the premise that "friends in

need" are "friends in deed" and together we can encourage and support one another to "keep moving" forward.

As a peer support group in the LGBTQ community, our primary goal is to connect in healthy ways in a warm environment with other gay men on similar paths.  Here we find an abundance of friendship, acceptance, and understanding.  With much laughter and serious discussion, we begin to find ourselves "moving forward" through enlightened conversation and fellowship.

Professionals within the LGBTQ community help facilitating to provide a healthy perspective and assistance though they do not conduct group therapy. We are not part of any other group nor wish to be a substitute.

We meet at 7:00 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday in the library of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza.

Friends Indeed Meeting Dates:


Wednesday, February 7 - O'Neale Atkinson

Vision Board

Wednesday, February 15 - O'Neale Atkinson

Trust and Vulnerability


Wednesday, March 7 - Wes Thompson

HIV/PrEP updates?

​Wednesday, March 21 - O'Neale Atkinson - Self care


Wednesday, April 4 - Jim Green

Sexuality, Ecstacy & Spirituality

Wednesday, April 18 - Healthy Relationships


Wednesday, May 2 - Wes Thompson - TBA

​Wednesday, May16 -  O'Neale Atkinson - TBA


Wednesday, June 6 -  Empowerment

Wednesday June 20 - TBA 


Wednesday, July 4 - Group Celebration

Wednesday, July 18 - TBA

...More updates to come...

Trusted facilitators and supporting


O'Neale Atkinson - Time Out Youth

Group facilitator

Jim Green - www.jamesmatthewgreen.com

Psychotherapist/Master in Divinity

Founding facilitator

Ward Blanchard - www.wardblanchard.com

Psychotherapist - visit the Blanchard Institute website.

Founding facilitator

Joe Pope -  www.eastoverpsych.com


Wes Thompson- www.ballantynefamilymedicine.com

PA and clinic administrator specializng in HIV support


Derrick Johnson - djcltnc@gmail.com

Psychotherapist - Guest facilitator

Eli Branscombe - Counselors of Charlotte


...just to name a few...

*We are not a part of any other group nor wish to be a substitute.  Therapists are there as facilitators supporting the group and fellowship; they do not conduct therapy. 

For more Information Contact

Jeff Marsh