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 in the Seattle and the greater Puget Sound area.  Local group participants meet in person.  In 2017 we will be launching online, virtual support groups for families across the nation with fewer resources than we Pacific Northwesterners enjoy.

The Gender Diversity Family Support groups are for families with trans and gender-diverse children.  We screen all group attendees to ensure that the groups are safe. Please contact us at info@genderdiversity.org  to schedule a telephone intake call prior to attending your first meeting.

Family Support Groups In Washington

King County
Whatcom County
Pierce County

Among the topics addressed:

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?
We screen all group participants.  Please call: 1-855-443-6337 (1-855-4GENDER) or email info@genderdiversity.org to schedule a telephone intake during which you will receive additional information and learn locations.

King County

Parents of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Young Children (~ ages 9 and younger) and Kids Play Group
Where: Seattle
When: 1st Sunday of every month
Time: 4:00p to 6:00p
Kids Play Group meets in conjunction with parent support meeting.

Parents of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Tweens (~ ages 9 through 14)
Where:  Seattle
When: 2nd Sunday of every month
Time: 4:00p to 6:00p
Tween Group meets in conjunction with parent support meeting.

Gender Diversity Tweens (ages ~ 9-14)
Where:  Seattle
When: 2nd Sunday of every month
Time: 4:00p to 6:00p
Meets in conjunction with parent support meeting.

Parents of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Teens (~ ages 14 to 20)
Where:  Seattle
When: 3rd Sunday of every month
Time: 4:30p to 6:30p
Teen Group meets in conjunction with parent support meeting.

Gender Diversity Teens (ages ~ 14 to 20)
Where:  Seattle
When: 3rd Sunday of every month
Time: 4:30p to 6:30p
Gender Diversity Teens is a group that meets monthly the third Sunday of each month. 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 and Gender-Diverse Adult Children (ages 18 and older)
Where: Seattle
When 3rd Sunday of each month
Time: 4:30p to 6:30p
This group meets in conjunction with the Parents of Teens group and maybe combined or separate.

Pierce County

Parents of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children of All Ages
Location:   Tacoma
When: 4th Sunday of every month
Time: 4:30p to 6:30p
There is no concurrent Gender Diversity program for teens at this meeting as the Oasis Youth Center offers a number of teen groups in Tacoma.  More info about teens can be found here:  http://www.oasisyouthcenter.org/home

Whatcom County

Parents of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children of All Ages
Where: Bellingham
When:  4th Sunday of every month
Time:  3:30p – 5:30p
Kids activities and Gender Diversity Teen Group meet in conjunction with parent support group.

Parents of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adult Age Children
Location: Bellingham
Date: 2nd Sunday of every month
Time: 3:30p to 5:30p

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