Coming Out Late Group ATL

Coming Out Late Group for Women

Coming Out Late Group for Women

An Online Group for Gay Women in Georgia and Florida

Shift Happens.

This is a Coming Out Late Group for Women questioning or coming to terms with their sexual orientation. Many women identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer, gay, pan-sexual or “no labels, please!” And many, understandably, delay coming out due to family, social and/or career implications. Still other women experience a true “shift” in their orientation over time.

If you recognize yourself below, this group may be for you.

  • I am questioning my sexual orientation – again, or for the first time.
  • I am curious about my sexual orientation and don’t know where to start.
  • I am divorcing my partner, in part or in whole, due to my sexual orientation.
  • I need a safe and validating LGBTQ community to socialize and grow with.
  • I want support and confidentiality while I navigate my coming out process.
  • I am open to exploring my sexuality in a safe, affirming environment.

This long-running group (7 years) is facilitated by Melissa Lester Olson, LCSW, a culturally competent and LGBTQ+ affirming women’s therapist and counselor. She is a founding member and former vice president of The LGBTQ Therapist Resource and a current ATLANTA PRIDE Coordinator.

Many women report that this group has been a “life saver” for them during these complex and difficult life transitions. Here in our group setting it’s easy for women to make connections and friendships that become vital to them. Therefore, you are invited to come join us, relax, learn, and benefit from the experience of others. Chances are good you will also make a new friend or two.

Online LGBTQ+ Group Gathering Procedures

We meet on the 2nd Saturday each month, 3:30-5:00 pm, except June and October. Dates are below.

Invitations to each group will be sent out via HIPAA compliant, encrypted email on the Monday before the Saturday of Group. Simply respond to your Invitation Email with “Attend (Month) Group” in the Subject Line. You will receive your link to the meeting on Saturday, approximately 2 hours before Group starts at 3:30 pm. Please always check your Spam and Junk folders for the link.  

We meet via HIPAA compliant Secure Video/Zoom link. You MUST advise me of your intent to attend prior to 2pm on the day of each meeting. Each link is private and individual and sent only to you at the email address you have provided me. Please note that HIPAA compliance and encryption are only guaranteed at my end of the process and that your settings will affect the level of privacy you have at your end.

There is a (new) fee of $25.00 for attendance at this group. If the cost is prohibitive for you, please reach out to me via email. No one will be turned away due to finances.

Please join us for these small, safe and intimate meetings. After an Initial Consultation ($240.00) which can be scheduled via email, you are welcome to attend group any time.

2021 Meeting Dates — Saturdays 3:30-5pm ET

Always check this website for last-minute date changes (due to weather or other emergencies).

April 10, 2021

May 8, 2021


July 10, 2021

August 14, 2021

September 11, 2021


November 13, 2021

December 11, 2021

For more information about this Coming Out Late Group for Women, please contact me via HIPAA compliant encrypted email.