For more on groups and upcoming events, check our Events Page.

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.

Pre-Teens and Teens

Teen Groups (Ages 13-19) (Learn More)

Upcoming groups include:

    • Trans Masculine Discussion Group
    • Trans Feminine Discussion Group
    • Exploring Non-binary Identities and Expressions
    • Youth of Color Discussion Group
    • Gender and Faith Discussion Group

Pre-Teen Group (Ages 11 and 12) (Learn More)

Parents and Family

National Parent Support Group (Learn More)

Gender and Faith — online discussion for parents (Learn More).

Topic-based Discussion Groups for Parents and Other Adult Family Members

Upcoming groups:

Preparing for the Holidays: A Discussion Group for Parents and Other Adult Family Members
Grandparents Group: A Discussion Group for Grandparents of Gender Diverse Kids
Navigating Gender and Race: A Discussion Group for Parents of Color Raising Gender Diverse Kids
Raising Non-Binary Kids: A Discussion Group for Parents and Other Adult Family Members
Discussion Group for Spanish-speaking Parents

Past groups have included:

  • Finding/Creating Gender Inclusive Camps for Your Child
  • Creating Trust with Your Teen
  • Adoption and Your Gender Diverse Child
  • Masculinity and Femininity
  • Self Care for Parents and Caregivers
  • Navigating Your Child’s Gender and Your Christian Faith

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

Group Facilitators
Monthly Facilitator Support Group

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Teens 13-19 Discussion Groups

Our teen discussion groups are 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. These groups are 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!

Trans Masculine Discussion Group (Ages 13-19)

Sign up for the Trans Masculine group here!

Gender Spectrum’s Trans Masculine discussion group is open to anyone 13-19 who identifies or is interested in exploring or learning more about trans masculine identities. If this group sounds of interest to you come join us!

Group dates:

*All take place at 6pmPST / 9pmEST

Tuesday 10/9
Tuesday 10/16
Tuesday 10/23
Tuesday 10/30

Trans Feminine Discussion Group (Ages 13-19)

Sign up for the Trans Feminine group here!

This group is open to anyone 13-19 who identifies or is interested in exploring or learning more about trans feminine identities and experiences. If this group sounds of interest to you come join us!

Upcoming groups will take in the fall and exact dates will be announced shortly! Sign up for ongoing updates and details.

Exploring Non-Binary Identities and Expressions (Ages 13-19)

Sign up for the Non-Binary discussion group here!

This group is open to anyone 13-19 interested in meeting others and talking about non-binary identities and expressions. If this group sounds of interest to you come join us!

Group dates:

Monday 10/8 @ 4pm PST / 7pm EST
Monday 10/15 @ 4pm PST / 7pm EST
Monday 10/22 @ 4pm PST / 7pm EST
Monday 10/29 @ 4pm PST / 7pm EST

Youth of Color Discussion Group for Trans/Non-Binary/ Gender Expansive Youth  (Ages 13-19)

Sign up for the youth of color group here!

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.

Upcoming group dates will be announced shortly!

Gender and Faith Teen and Family Events

October 10th – 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT
Instagram Live! – Faith Questions with Austen Hartke
Head on over to Gender Spectrum’s Instagram account (@gender_spectrum) for a live Q&A with Faith Coordinator Austen Hartke! Ask him questions about how he learned to balance his faith and his Gender identity, what going to seminary to study theology is like as a trans guy, how he deals with people using scripture in harmful ways, or whatever else is on your mind!
October 17th – 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT
Faith & Family Teen Storytelling Event
Sign up for the Teen Storytelling event here
Get together with other teens and Faith Coordinator Austen Hartke to share your stories about your faith and your gender! Good and bad, confusing and funny–whether your story’s about the first time you came out to someone at church, or the first time you davened on the other side of the mechitza, or the time you felt the Divine supporting you while out on a hike in the mountains–we want to hear your stories! What has faith or religion been like for you, as a gender-diverse person?

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Pre-Teen Group 11-12 Discussion 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 Groups:

Tuesday 10/16 @ 4:30pm PST / 7:30pm EST
Tuesday 10/23 @ 4:30pm PST / 7:30pm EST
Tuesday 10/30 @ 4:30pm PST / 7:30pm EST
Tuesday 11/1 @    4:30pm PST / 7:30pm EST

Groups for Parents and Family

Faith & Family Parents Storytelling Event

October 8th – 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT
Join other parents of gender-diverse youth to talk about the ways gender and faith are intertwined in your life. Have you experienced negative feedback from your faith community because of your child? Has your personal faith grown even stronger? What have you learned, and what are you hoping to see happen in the future? What questions do you have for other parents about how they’re dealing with things? This session will open space for us to share our doubts and our wisdom, and will include some food-for-thought prompts from moderator Austen Hartke.

National Parent Support Group
Click here to find out more and receive information to join this group

Upcoming dates: 10/18/18, 11/14/18, 12/11/18

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].

Topic-based Discussion Groups for Parents and Other Adult Family Members

Upcoming groups:

 

Preparing for the Holidays: A Discussion Group for Parents and Other Adult Family Members

This group will meet three times on Saturdays from 9am – 10am PT/12pm – 1pm ET

Dates: 11/3/18, 11/10/18 and 12/1/18

Sign up for the Preparing for the Holidays group here

 

Grandparents Group: A Discussion Group for Grandparents of Gender Diverse Kids

This group will meet four times from 11am – 12pm PT/2pm – 3pm ET.

Dates: 11/14/18 (Wed), 11/28/18 (Wed), 12/7/18 (Fri) and 12/14/18 (Fri)

Sign up for the Grandparents Group here

 

Navigating Gender and Race: A Discussion Group for Parents of Color Raising Gender Diverse Kids

This group will meet four times on Tuesdays from 9am – 10am PT/12pm – 1pm ET.

Dates: 1/15/19, 1/22/19, 1/29/19 and 2/5/19

Sign up for the Parents of Color group here

 

Raising Non-Binary Kids: A Discussion Group for Parents and Other Adult Family Members

This group will meet four times most likely from mid-January to mid-February. Exact times TBD.

Sign up for the Raising Non-Binary Kids group here

 

Discussion Group for Spanish-speaking Parents
Check back soon for dates and times

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Dads Group

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

Upcoming dates: 10/1/18, 11/5/18, 12/3/18

If you are a father to a transgender, non-binary, or otherwise gender-expansive child, this group is for you. The Dads Group is an online/call-in monthly group, facilitated by a Gender Spectrum Board Member Enrique Perez Grovas, where dads can share questions and experiences. There is also an affiliated Dads Group in the Lounge, where you can connect with other dads in writing. If you have any questions or need help joining the group, you can email Pam Wool at [email protected].

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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]

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Bay Area Parent Support Group
Click here to find out more and receive information to join this group

Upcoming dates: 10/15/18, 11/5/18, 12/10/18

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.

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Facilitators Support Group

Meets on the first Thursday of every month from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET.
Please REGISTER HERE to join.
The discussion is for anyone who runs a group that serves youth and/or families that wants to learn about issues related to gender and youth.

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.