Gender Spectrum Online Groups

Gender Spectrum hosts online groups for pre-teens, teens, parents, caregivers, and other family members through the Gender Spectrum Lounge.

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
Gendered: School (Ages 13-19)
Gender Spectrum Pre-Teen Group (Ages 11 and 12)

Parents and Family
National Parent Support Group
Dads Group
Grandparents Group
Grupo de padres en Español (Spanish Language Parent Support Group)
Bay Area Parent Support Group

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Gendered: School

Join the Gendered Lounge Group in the Gender Spectrum Lounge (click on “Register Now”)
Click here to find out more and receive information to join this group

“Gendered” was a discussion series brought to you by Gender Spectrum and The Happy Hippie Foundation for youth ages 13-19. In March & April 2017, we discussed “Gendered: School”. Once a week for six weeks, we focused on the intersection of gender and school, asking questions like: How do we experience our gender at school? What do we do when places are gendered like bathrooms and locker rooms? Does your school have policies about bathrooms? What positive community and support do you have at school? Is there a teacher or staff member at school that has had a positive influence on you? How do you navigate transitioning at school?

Upcoming Meetings: Dates are TBD.

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Gender Spectrum Pre-Teen Group

Click here to find out more and receive information to join this 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!

Upcoming 2017 Meetings: (all take place from 4-5pm PT / 7-8 ET)

  • Wednesday   August 23 
  • Tuesday        August 29
  • Wednesday  September 6
  • Tuesday        September 12
  • Wednesday  September 20
  • Tuesday        September 26

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National Parent Support Group

Join the Parenting and Family Group in the Gender Spectrum Lounge (click on “Register Now”)
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 pwool@genderspectrum.org.

Upcoming 2017 Meetings:

  • September 13 (Wednesday) at 5:00 pm PT (8:00 pm ET)
  • October 18 (Wednesday) at 5:00 pm PT (8:00 pm ET)
  • November 14 (Tuesday) at 5:00 pm PT (8:00 pm ET)
  • December 7 (Thursday) at 5:00 pm PT (8:00 pm ET)

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Dads Group

Join the Dads Group in the Gender Spectrum Lounge (click on “Register Now”)

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 pwool@genderspectrum.org.

Upcoming 2017 Meetings:

  • August 30 (Wednesday) at 6:00 pm PT (9:00 pm ET)
  • September 26 (Tuesday) at 6:00 pm PT (9:00 pm ET)
  • October 19 (Thursday) at 6:00 pm PT (9:00 pm ET)
  • November 15 (Wednesday) at 6:00 pm PT (9:00 pm ET)
  • December 13 (Wednesday) at 6:00 pm PT (9:00 pm ET)

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Grandparents Group

Join the Grandparents Group in the Gender Spectrum Lounge (click on “Register Now”)

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!

 

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Grupo de padres en Español (Spanish Language Parent Support Group)

Disfruta el Grupo de padres en Español en de Gender Spectrum Lounge (click on “Register Now”)

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 espanol@genderspectrum.org.

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Bay Area Parent Support Group

Join the Bay Area Parent Support Group in the Gender Spectrum Lounge (click on “Register Now”)
Click here to find out more and receive information to join this group

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 2017 Meetings

Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30
Sept 18
Oct 16
Nov 13
Dec 11