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Gender Spectrum hosts online groups for pre-teens, teens, parents, caregivers, and other family members. These groups provide participants the opportunity to connect with others, share their experience, and feel the comfort of a supportive community. All groups are hosted online, unless noted otherwise. Please view the information to learn more and sign up for these groups.
Children and Teens
Parents and Family
New! Topic-based Discussion Groups for Parents and Other Adult Family Members:
- Finding/Creating Gender Inclusive Camps for Your Child
- Creating Trust with Your Teen
- Adoption and Your Gender Diverse Child
- Masculinity and Femininity
Monthly Facilitator Support Group
Teens 13-19 Discussion Group
Our teen discussion group series is brought to you by Gender Spectrum and The Happy Hippie Foundation for youth ages 13-19. Are you looking to meet other youth navigating gender and have a space to hangout? Once a week for four weeks, we focus on the intersection of gender and specific topics like: the holidays, school, family, friendship and much more. This group is a great way to meet other young people, share experiences, ask questions and just hangout together. You can join with video, audio, or even just call in! To sign up for a group and to receive more information click the link above.
Self-Care Discussion Group! (Ages 13-19)
Our teen discussion group explores the importance of self-care and how that can be related to navigating your gender. Our Self-Care group will be a supportive space to make friends, hangout and talk about the importance of feeling affirmed and empowered in your gender.
Youth of Color Discussion Group for Trans/Non-Binary/ Gender Expansive Youth (Ages 13-19)
This discussion group will be a safe space for youth of color to talk about the intersections of gender and race, build community, make friends, and share experiences to support each other. Youth of color ages 13-19 are welcome to join! This group is in partnership with Across Gender.
This group will be facilitated by and for folks of color.
- May 17 (Thursday) 4:00 pm PST (7:00 pm ET)
- May 24 (Thursday) 4:00 pm PST (7:00 pm ET)
- May 31 (Thursday) 4:00 pm PST (7:00 pm ET)
- June 7 (Thursday) 4:00 pm PST (7:00 pm ET)
Gender and Faith Discussion Group (Ages 13-19)
This discussion group will be a safe space for youth ages 13-19 to explore the intersections of their faith and gender. Here are some examples of topics we might cover: the connections between our faith stories and our gender stories, how we talk with family members about faith, practices that strengthen our faith, the gifts we bring to our faith communities as gender-diverse people, and more!
- May 15 (Tuesday) 4:00 pm PST (7:00 pm ET)
- May 29 (Tuesday) 4:00 pm PST (7:00 pm ET)
- June 5 (Tuesday) 4:00 pm PST (7:00 pm ET)
- June 19 (Tuesday) 4:00 pm PST (7:00 pm ET)
Pre-Teen Group 11-12 Discussion Group
This group is facilitated by Gender Spectrum staff and is open to all youth ages 11-12. Youth from all across the country (and globally!) can come together in a safe space to share experiences around gender.
“This is a great way to give a child community while still in the low-pressure environment of their own home, and they can choose to be as verbal or as quiet as they feel comfortable with. We can’t wait for the next series.” (Parent of youth participant)
Our previous groups were a blast! We had discussions about tv shows, ways people express their gender, experiences at school, and more. A couple of people introduced us to their pets on the video chat! If you’re looking for a way to talk with other kids your age about your life and things you like– this is the group for you.
This group will take place online and you can join through video or audio only, based on your preference. It’s a really fun way to share and meet others. We look forward to hanging out with you!
- May 8 (Tuesday) 6:00 pm PT (9:00 pm ET)
- May 15 (Tuesday) 6:00 PM PT (9:00pm ET)
- May 22 (Tuesday) 6:00 PM PT (9:00pm ET)
- May 29 (Tuesday) 6:00 PM PT (9:00pm ET)
National Parent Support Group
Click here to find out more and receive information to join this 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. You can join occasionally, or regularly, as you desire. There are options for you to participate either by phone or by video online.
Between the monthly support group meetings, parents can continue the conversation on the Parents and Primary Caregivers Group on the Lounge, Gender Spectrum’s online community. If you are a parent joining the Lounge, you will automatically become a member of this Lounge group. If you have any questions or need help joining the group, you can email Pam Wool at [email protected].
Upcoming 2018 Meetings:
- May 16 (Wednesday) at 5:00 pm PT (8:00 pm ET)
- June 12 (Tuesday) at 5:00 pm PT (8:00 pm ET)
Topic-based Discussion Groups for Parents and Other Adult Family Members
- April 5 (Thursday) 4:00 pm PT (7:00 pm ET)
- April 12 (Thursday) 4:00 pm PT (7:00 pm ET)
- April 19 (Thursday) 4:00 pm PT (7:00 pm ET)
- April 26 (Thursday) 4:00 pm PT (7:00 pm ET)
- April 10 (Tuesday) 6:00 pm PT (9:00 pm ET)
- April 17 (Tuesday) 6:00 pm PT (9:00 pm ET)
- April 24 (Tuesday) 6:00 pm PT (9:00 pm ET)
- May 1 (Tuesday) 6:00 pm PT (9:00 pm ET)
Navigating Your Child’s Gender and Your Christian Faith
- June 12 (Tuesday) 10:00 am PT (1:00 pm ET)
- June 19 (Tuesday) 10:00 am PT (1:00 pm ET)
- June 26 (Tuesday) 10:00 am PT (1:00 pm ET)
- July 3 (Tuesday) 10:00 am PT (1:00 pm ET)
If you are a father to a transgender, non-binary, or otherwise gender-expansive child, this group is for you. The Dads Group is a group where dads can share questions and experiences in writing, and will also have online/call-in sessions every month. It is facilitated by Gender Spectrum Board Member Enrique Perez Grovas.
Join the Lounge and then request membership in the Dads Group once you are a member of the Lounge. Instructions on how to join the online/call-in sessions will be posted in the Dads Group on the Lounge. If you have any questions or need help joining the group, you can email Pam Wool at [email protected].
The Grandparents Group is a place where grandparents of transgender, non-binary or otherwise gender-expansive children and teens can share experiences, ask questions, and find new resources.
Check back for our next discussion group times. Join the Grandparents Group on the Lounge for the latest updates!
Grupo de padres en Español (Spanish Language Parent Support Group)
Este grupo en el “Lounge”, de la comunidad en línea de Gender Spectrum, será de gran ayuda para adultos de habla hispana y que se encuentran lidiando con el constante desarrollo de la identidad de género de un menor o adolescente en sus vidas.
Adicionalmente al grupo del Lounge, en el cual los padres pueden conocer a otros padres por medio de mensajes que escriban en línea, este grupo también cuenta con la posibilidad de unirse al grupo de apoyo vía telefónica de Gender Spectrum el cual, se lleva a cabo mediante una conferencia telefónica en español una vez al mes. Las instrucciones de cómo unirse a las llamadas podrán encontrarlas en el Grupo Lounge para padres en español.
Si desea unirse al grupo de apoyo mediante llamada mensual, o si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor contáctenos a [email protected]
Bay Area Parent Support Group
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This in-person peer support group is a place where parents can support each other and find helpful information on their journey of raising transgender, non-binary or other gender-expansive children and teens. The group meets one evening a month in Emeryville, CA. There is also a corresponding group on the Lounge for the Bay Area Parent Support Group to continue the conversation between in-person meetings.
Upcoming 2018 Meetings
This group is intended for anyone who runs a group that serves transgender, non-binary or otherwise gender-expansive children and teens and/or their family members.
Understandings of gender are changing rapidly which naturally leads to lots of questions! This support group for facilitators is a space where you can ask any and all questions about gender that you have, or that arise in your group, in a confidential setting. You can submit questions anonymously ahead of time, or raise your question during the group meeting. This facilitator support group is a free monthly online/call-in group where we will discuss gender-related issues, answer questions, and provide support to each other in our role as facilitators. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other group leaders to share ideas and experiences.
While we won’t record these sessions since they will be mostly discussion, we will write up some highlights of the Q & A in a Lounge group (our online community) for facilitators which you can join here.