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

Our groups for teens and pre-teens are safe spaces where you can connect, find community and meet other young people. Watch our video below to learn more about how our groups work and hear from young people who have participated in our groups.

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

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

Parents and Family

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National Parent Support Group

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

Upcoming groups:

    • Grandparents Group: A Discussion Group for Grandparents of Gender Diverse Children
    • International Discussion Group for Parents Raising Gender Diverse Children
    • Neurodivergence and Gender: an online discussion group for parents raising neurodivergent gender-diverse children and teens

Learn more

Past groups have included:

  • Navigating Gender and Race: A Discussion Group for Parents of Color Raising a Gender Diverse Child
  • 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
  • Preparing for the Holidays

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

Sign up for our Teen Group here!

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!

Upcoming Teen Group Dates:

All take place @ 5pmPST / 8pm EST

9/17
9/24
10/1
10/8

 

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Pre-Teen Group 11-12 Discussion Group

Sign up for our Pre-Teen group here!

Join our online pre-teen group to meet other pre-teens navigating gender! All groups are facilitated by trans, Non-binary and gender expansive staff or volunteers.

“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, audio or chat. It’s a really fun way to share and meet others. We look forward to hanging out with you!

Upcoming Pre-Teen Group Dates:

All take place @ 4pmPST /7pm EST

9/16

9/23

9/30

10/7

 

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Groups for Parents and Family


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].

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

  • Grandparents Group: A Discussion Group for Grandparents of Gender Diverse Children
    This group will meet four Wednesdays at 11am – 12pm PT/2pm – 3pm ET
    Dates: 10/23/19, 10/30/19, 11/6/19 and 11/13/19

    Sign up for the Grandparents group here

 

  • International Discussion Group for Parents Raising Gender Diverse Children
    This group will meet four Tuesdays at 10am – 11am US PT
    Dates: 11/5/19, 11/12/19, 11/19/19 and 12/3/19

    Sign up for the International group here

 

  • Comunicar a miembros de la familia y amigxs acerca de la identidad de género de su hijx: una discusión grupal para padres y otros adultos miembros de la familia (Discussion Group for Spanish-speaking Parents)
    Regístrate ahora

 

  • Neurodivergence and Gender: An Online Discussion Group for Parents Raising Neurodivergent Gender Diverse Children and Teens
    This group will meet four Fridays in September at 10:00am to 11:00am PT/1:00pm to 2:00pm ET on 9/6/19, 9/13/19, 9/20/19 and 9/27/19.
    Sign up for the Neurodivergence group here.

 

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

Si desea unirse al grupo de apoyo mediante llamada mensual, o si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor contáctenos a [email protected]

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.

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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.

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Groups for Facilitators

Facilitators Support Group

Please register here to join

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. 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. We also have a group for facilitators in the Lounge (our online community) which you can join here.