Gender Spectrum hosts free online groups for pre-teens, teens, parents, caregivers, and other family members and adults. These groups provide you with the opportunity to connect with others, share experiences, and feel the comfort of a supportive community.
Groups for Pre-Teens and Teens
Pre-Teens (ages 10-12)
Join our online pre-teen group for transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive pre-teens. This is a safe space for pre-teens who would like to meet other gender expansive kids. All groups are facilitated by trained volunteers.
Teens (ages 13-16)
Join our online teen groups to meet others navigating gender in a relaxed space! Youth can join by video, audio, or chat. Our teen discussion groups are facilitated by trained volunteers who have navigated gender in their own lives. These groups are a safe space to share as much or as little as you want. Ask questions, just listen in or chat and make new friends!
Older Teens (ages 17-18)
Join our older teens group to meet others navigating gender in a relaxed space! Available to join by video, audio, or chat. Our teen discussion groups are facilitated by trained volunteers who have navigated gender in their own lives. These groups are a safe space to share as much or as little as you want. Ask questions, just listen in or chat and make new friends!
Groups for Adults
National Parent Support Group
The National Parent Support Group is a live online/call-in peer group where parents can support each other and find helpful information on their journey of raising transgender, non-binary or otherwise gender-expansive children and teens. It is facilitated by Gender Spectrum, and you can join occasionally or regularly. You can participate by phone, chat or online video.
Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC) Parent & Caregiver Support Group
Our groups are peer support groups facilitated by a Gender Spectrum staff member or trained volunteers; they are not therapy groups. These groups are for parents/caregivers and other adults raising gender-expansive youth. Children and youth do not attend or participate in these groups. There is no fee to participate.
Topic-based Discussion Groups for Parents and Other Adult Family Members
Our topic-based groups connect you with other parents, caregivers and adult family members who share your specific concerns around gender, children and teens. The groups are facilitated by Gender Spectrum and/or volunteer facilitators trained by our staff, and you can join occasionally or regularly. You can participate by phone, chat or online video. Some of our past topics have included: Creating Trust with Your Teen; Self Care for Parents and Caregivers; Preparing for the Holidays; Gender and Race: A Group for Parents of Color Raising Gender-Diverse Children; Grandparents Group, and many more.
The API Parents/Caregivers Support Meeting is still active, and is housed with PFLAG NYC.
Here is the link for your review of all the support meetings offered monthly: http://www.pflagnyc.org/content/online-meeting-schedule
If you have any questions or need help joining a discussion group, you can email [email protected]
Facilitators Support Group
Our Facilitators Group is for anyone who runs a group that serves youth and/or families and who wants to learn about issues related to gender and youth. Understandings of gender are changing rapidly, and your group participants may have many challenging questions! The monthly Facilitators Group is a confidential setting where you can get sensible, up-to-date answers to all of your questions about gender. You can submit questions anonymously ahead of time, or raise your questions during the meeting. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other group leaders to share ideas and experiences. The group meets on a teleconference call on the first Thursday of every month from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET. You can participate by phone, chat or online video.