Our “Thrive” group, launched in late 2015 (originally called “It Gets Better”), creates safe space for older teens and young adults to talk with each other about LGBTQ+ identities. At Thrive young people can share with friends who know what it’s like to discover and declare their sexual orientation or gender identity.
We believe every person should have every chance to grow into the whole, healthy person they are intended to be. Galileo Church does not seek to change anyone’s sexual orientation or gender identity, and we do not recruit for our church from the group.
Thrive meets twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings of the month, in a private room in the Big Red Barn. (Check our calendar to see the next date.) You must be recommended by a school counselor, one of the group leaders, or another member of the group. If you’re 18+ we’ll do a background check after you’ve attended one meeting.
When you’re referred to the group, email us for time and place.
Each meeting starts with a topic, like “talking to parents” or “coming out at school.” But the conversation goes wherever the group needs it to go.
Two trained leaders facilitate conversation and maintain the group covenant. They’re not counselors; they’re active guides so the group members can help each other. Deanne Carter and Brandi Grimsley are the best facilitators we could have hoped for.
“It Gets Better” does not offer counseling or one-on-one help. We recommend resources for needs that come up in the group: for counseling, for emergency shelter, for crisis help, for future planning and more.
DEANNE relocated to Fort Worth in 2016 from San Francisco, where she earned one master's degree in theological studies and another in intercultural studies. She loves to read and usually has two or three books going at one time. She has two Beagle pups named Olli and Willow who are cute, cuddley and keep her busy; and says that “Sketching is like a meditative and prayer practice for me.” Deanne says, “I want to co-facilitate Thrive because when I began my own journey into authenticity and stepping into who God had created me to be, I was privileged to be a part of a similar group which provided an amazing amount of support, a safe place and love without judgment. I know how much can be learned and the healing and wholeness that can come from sharing and supporting each other’s experiences.” Amen to that!
ROS received her BSW and MSW at the University of Oklahoma. While attending the University of Oklahoma she was hired to work with the GoodGuides Youth Mentoring program located in Oklahoma City. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2017. She now teaches Social Work courses at UTA for MSW and BSW students, face to face and online. During her time at UTA she was a Safe Zone Ally Facilitator and Special Projects Chair for the LGBTQA program in the Multicultural Affairs department. Her research focuses on campus climate, coming out experiences, and dynamics of coming out and identity development of international students in the U.S.