Education and Support Services

Gender Diversity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN 45-4910834.

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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 weekly peer 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 face-to-face in Seattle and greater Puget Sound area, and online at www.transfamilies.org. Check our Events page for upcoming meetings.

The Gender Diversity Family Support groups are for families with trans and gender-diverse children.  We screen all attendees to ensure that the groups are safe. Start the process here, or contact us at info@genderdiversity.org, to schedule an intake & orientation call prior to attending your first meeting.  Please plan ahead so our busy staff has time to complete this intake and get you to one of our groups in a timely way.

Among the topics addressed at our group meetings:

  • 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?
  • How is this different from being 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?

Family Support Groups In Washington

We screen all group participants.  Please start your intake process here. During the call, you will receive additional information, resources, and an orientation to all of our services. Check below for our usual schedule, or our Events page for an updated listing of what’s coming this month.

King County

Due to COVID-19 precautions, all in-person gatherings have been moved online until further notice. To participate in our virtual groups, visit our website www.transfamilies.org.

1st Sunday
of
the month
Seattle  4 – 6 pm  Parents of Littles Group
Parents of trans and gender-diverse kids in elementary school
 
Littles Play Group
Gender-diverse kids 8 and under play together under the engaged supervision of our trained facilitators, while the parents meet in an adjoining room.
 2nd Sunday Seattle   4 – 6 pm  Parents of Middle Schoolers
Parents of trans and gender-diverse middle schoolers meet.
 
Middle School Group
Trans and gender-diverse kids in middle school meet for facilitated discussions and activities designed for them. Led by a trained facilitator.
3rd Sunday  Seattle  4:30 – 6:30 pm  Parents of High Schoolers
Parents of trans and gender-diverse high schoolers meet.
 
Parents of Adult-age children
Parents of trans and gender-diverse adult-age children meet.
 
High School & Young Adult Group (up to age 20)
Older youth and young adults meet for facilitated conversations and activities.  Teens may attend without their parents.
3rd Sunday Bellevue 4:30 – 6:30 PM Parents of Trans, Gender-diverse Youth
Parents of trans and gender-diverse kids of all ages meet.
4th Sunday  Seattle  4:30 – 6:30 pm  Extra Credit Workshop Series!
There is so much to talk about and learn when it comes to parenting a child who is gender-diverse. Extra Credit is our free monthly workshop series where we explore special topics in depth. Check our Events page to see what is coming up.
4th Sunday Seattle 2:00 – 4:00 pm Thriving on Two Spectrums
In partnership with The Arc of King County, we host bi-monthly groups for families with children who are both gender-diverse and neuro-diverse. All ages of kids hang out in a low-to-no-pressure-to-engage space with video games, role-playing games, crafts, and mentors, while parents meet in a separate space.


Kitsap County

2nd Sunday Bremerton 4:30 – 6:30 pm Parents of Trans, Gender-diverse Youth
Parents of trans and gender-diverse kids of all ages meet.

Pierce County

3rd Sundays Tacoma 4:30 – 6:30 pm Parents of Trans, Gender-diverse Youth
Parents of trans and gender-diverse kids of all ages meet.
 
Kids Play Group
Trans and gender-diverse kids hang out and play.