Family Support Groups

If you are a family member who needs information and support regarding your child’s gender expression or identity, Gender Diversity can help. Our monthly support groups for parents and guardians began in 2008, making it the longest running and largest network of support groups in the country. Our groups meet at Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Polyclinic Madison Center, and a number of other locations throughout the greater Puget Sound area.  Local group participants meet in person while other families participate from across the nation via teleconference.

Family Support Groups In Washington

Currently, the Seattle groups at Seattle Children’s Hospital are the only groups with youth programs.

Topics addressed include:

  • Is this a phase?
  • What if my child changes his/her mind?
  • Are trainings available for my child’s school?
  • Are there other families like mine?
  • Is my child gay?
  • How do I talk to friends, family, and co-workers about this?
  • How do we find a good doctor (therapist, school, etc.)?
  • My spouse and I disagree on how to address this issue. What should we do?
  • Did my parenting in some way cause this?
  • How do I legally change my child’s ID documents?

*Intake is required for the group. For more information, please contact us.

King County

Parents of Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Children (~ ages 11 and younger)

Location: Seattle Children’s Hospital                                                                                                   Address 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA
Date: 1st Sunday of every month
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Childcare and activities provided
Brief intake required
Teleconference participation available

Kids Play Group

Location: Seattle Children’s Hospital                                                                                                   Address: 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA
Date: 1st Sunday of every month
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: (~ 4 to 12)
In conjunction with parent support meeting

Parents of Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Youth (~ ages 12 to 20)

Location: Seattle Children’s Hospital                                                                                                   Address 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA
Date: 3rd Sunday of every month
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Youth group meets at same time
Brief intake required
Teleconference participation available

Gender Diversity Youth

Ages (~12 to 20)
Location: Seattle Children’s Hospital                                                                                                   Address: 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA
Date: 3rd Sunday of every month
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
In conjunction with parent support meeting

Gender Diversity Youth is a group that meets monthly at Seattle Children’s Hospital on the third Sunday of each month from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Additionally, we have several fun group activities scheduled at different locations throughout the year. Contact us for more information.

Gender Diversity Youth – Online

Ages (11 to 20)
Location: FACEBOOK
Time: 24/7

Our youth group includes access to the Gender Diversity Youth page on Facebook.  This is a closed group so you’ll have to contact us to get an invite – we’d love to have you!

Additional opportunities exist to engage in leadership projects including Gender Odyssey’s YouTube channel, workshop development for the Gender Odyssey Family conference, leading youth group meetings and arranging special events.

Parents of Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Adult Children (ages 18 and older)

Location: The Polyclinic Madison Center                                                                               Address: 904 7th Ave  Seattle, WA
Date: 4th Sunday of every month
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Brief intake required

Fathers (Only) of Transgender Children and Youth

Temporarily on hiatus until Fall 2014                                                                                                Location: The Polyclinic Madison Center                                                                               Address: 904 7th Ave  Seattle, WA
Date: 4th Sunday of every month
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Brief intake required

Pierce County

Parents of Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Children

Location: The Rainbow Center/Oasis Youth Center                                                                  Address: 2215 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402
Date: 4th Sunday of every month
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Brief intake required

Thurston County

Parents of Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Children

Location: Olympia (physical location given at intake)                                                                     
Date: 1st Sunday of every month
Time: 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Brief intake required

Whatcom County

Parents of Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Children

Location: Bellingham Peacehealth – South Campus
Address: 809 East Chestnut, 1st floor, Bellingham, WA
Date: 2nd Sunday of every month
Time: 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Brief intake required

Would you like more information? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us to find the support and information you need.