It'll depend a lot on your age and local community. There may be LGBTQ groups at school or university, bars that LGBTQ+ hang out at, social groups may form at your work, there may be groups that have pages online you can search, some religious institutions may have LGBTQ+ social or religious-study groups, there may be Pride events in your community (marches, festivals, lectures,film screenings, workshops...) that can help you meet others. It may take a bit of poking around and a bit of time, but in most places there is some for of LGBTQ group - no matter how informal. If you meet someone who is LGBTQ+ or LGBTQ+ friendly, you might ask them if they know others or go to any groups or you may simply find that having one LGBTQ+ friend brings you suddenly into a circle of several LGBTQ+ friends. There is no set formula for this (unfortunately). I wish you the best of luck in finding LGBTQ+ folk!
Certain professions seem to have a higher concentration of gay/lesbian people than others.
I work in a live theatre, and many of the male actors and dancers in our shows and working backstage are gay. I don't know how you feel about bars, but all major US cities have gay bars. Some churches also make an effort to reach out to the gay community and make them feel welcome. Usually these are Methodist churches. Some Methodist churches in my city host LGBT functions like fundraisers.
It really depends on age, where you live, and other factors. If you live in city or close to one as an adult you could go to bars that are specifically aimed towards LGBTQ, some even have fun event nights. As someone who lives in a small town I find that it easier to meet them in the online community. If you are in school (either high school or college) there could be a club or group of supporters or fellow members of the LGBTQ community.
I go to support groups and youth clubs or places where the community. I also use facebook and social media to find people to be able to meet.
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October 10th, 2016 8:59am
In general one can say that there are a lot of opportunities, sadly, not all of them are trustworthy. Taking the Internet as an example it can easily be said that it might help you to find someone but it also represents a danger for you and your safety in some countries.
There are many ways to connect with other members of the LGBTQIA+ community in real life! In high school, college, and some middle schools, there is a possibility that you could find a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Pride Alliance, Pride Club, etc. There are many different types, some are discussion and others may be lessons about the LGBTQIA+ community and equality. For those adults out there, there may be some bars out there where you can find some fellow LGBTQIA+ chums! You could also see where and when the next Pride parade will happen here: http://www.gaypridecalendar.com
Hope that helps! :)
In many cities, there are LGBTQ circles that are dedicated to all sort of activities, from mutual support groups to free time activities like movie nights. You can try to look for LGBTQ circles near your place on the internet, and then go to a meeting - it's a way to meet other LGBTQ people in a friendly environment.