Adolescent & Young Adult Support Group
(18 and over)
Facilitamos un grupo
en español, así
Parents and caregivers discuss the unique challenges of raising a gender non-conforming or transgender child. It is an opportunity to overcome feelings of isolation and to be heard, understood, and supported by other parents. Issues we explore include school, legal matters, privacy, siblings, and extended family.
This group is co-facilitated on a volunteer basis by parents and professional therapists with training in gender issues.
Siblings are an important part of the family support equation. We facilitate a group of brothers and sisters who are learning how to support their trans and gender non-conforming siblings and navigate school, home, and community environments.
This group for transgender and gender non-conforming youth creates a safe space to begin the conversation and gently approach topics they will face more directly as they approach puberty. The discussion, which invites the youth to share what is on their minds and find support and resources, is facilitated by a transgender adult who keeps the conversation lively and invites them to engage at a deeper level… or maybe just play cards.
Sibling Peer Group
Tween Support Group
Our Los Angeles chapter meets monthly. If you are interested in participating, visit our Contact page.
Teenagers have plenty to talk about out of the earshot of their parents. This peer discussion is facilitated by transgender adults who facilitate the conversation, while sharing their personal experience with the topics that come up. The group meets together and then separates into groups for transmasculine, transfeminine, and non-binary youth.
Elementary Play Group
Kindergarten to “tween” kids are supervised in a playground setting, with arts & crafts projects and snacks. Many younger gender non-conforming and transgender youth are at their best when at play. Although the group does not explicitly discuss gender issues, the kids bond and come to cherish the friendships. As parents, we are grateful that our children will always know that there are other kids just like them. Siblings are welcome in the play group also.
There is overlap built into the age ranges of these groups. Each family decides when their children move from the play group to the peer support group. Some will be ready to participate sooner than others.
The Parent Support group is for adults only and children under 5 in the play group must be supervised by their parents.
As many of our children are in preschool, elementary, junior and high school, we are actively involved in supporting positive curriculum and parent education in these schools. We work closely with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as they implement a wide range of age-appropriate curricula.
We also help to coordinate Gender Diversity parent education workshops offered on school campuses and at community organizations throughout Southern California and across the country. Upon request, we can help communities to organize similar parent support events and organizations.
Training and Education
Outside of our usual monthly meetings, we encourage members to organize group meals, seasonal activities and trips to theme parks and other family fun destinations. This builds a strong community among our families and affirms our kids’ identities outside of a support group setting.