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.

Children and Teens

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Teen Groups (Ages 13-19)

  • Back to School Discussion Group
  • Trans Masculine 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)
Gender and Faith Discussion Group (Ages 13-19)
Youth of Color Discussion Group (Ages 13-19)

Parents and Family

Gender and Faith — online discussion for parents. Click here to learn more.

National Parent Support Group

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

Check back soon for upcoming groups.

Past groups have included:

Dads Group
Grandparents 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!

Back to School (Ages 13-19)

Sign up for the back to school group here!

We know going back to school can bring up many things around navigating our gender at school. Join this group to talk about all things gender and school related!

Group dates: 8/21 8/28 9/4 9/11 @5pmPST / 8pmEST

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!

Upcoming groups will take place mid Sept – October and exact dates will be announced shortly! Sign up for ongoing updates and details.

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!

Group Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11 @5:30pmPST / 8:30pmEST

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!

Upcoming groups will take place mid Sept – October and exact dates will be announced shortly! Sign up for ongoing updates and details.

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 Discussion Group (Ages 13-19)

Sign up for the gender and faith group here!

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!

Upcoming group dates will be announced shortly!

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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

  • Monday 8/20 @ 4pmPST / 7pmEST
  • Monday 8/27 @ 4pmPST / 7pmEST
  • Monday 9/3 @ 4pmPST / 7pmEST
  • Monday 9/10 @ 4pmPST /7pmEST

Groups for Parents and Family

Gender and Faith

Facilitated by Gender Spectrum’s Faith Coordinator Austen Hartke, this four week discussion group is a safe space for parents and other adult family members to discuss your experience of navigating your faith and your child’s gender. Participants of all faiths are welcome! You can participate online by video, just audio, call in by phone, or use the chat box to participate. This is a four-week discussion group. While we encourage participation in all four sessions, you may sign up even if you cannot attend all four sessions. All groups start at 6pm PT /8pm CT /9pm ET on the following four dates:

July 31st
August 7th
August 14th
August 21st

Register here.

Feel free to contact Austen at [email protected] with any questions.

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].

Check back for upcoming 2018 Meetings

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

Check back soon for upcoming groups. 
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Dads Group

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

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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Grandparents Group

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)

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

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.

Check back for upcoming 2018 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.

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.