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 our video support program.

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 Young Children (~ ages 9 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

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 9)
In conjunction with parent support meeting

Parents of Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Tweens (~ ages 9 through 13)

Location: Seattle Children’s Hospital                                                                                                   Address 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA
Date: 2nd Sunday of every month
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Childcare and activities provided
Brief intake required

Gender Diversity Tweens

Location: Seattle Children’s Hospital                                                                                                   Address: 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA
Date: 2nd Sunday of every month
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: (~ 9 to 13)
In conjunction with parent support meeting

Parents of Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Teens (~ ages 13 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

Gender Diversity Teens

Ages (~13 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

Gender Diversity Dads

Gender Diversity Dads is a supportive group for fathers, grandfathers, and other male role models of transgender and gender-nonconforming children.  This group is open to anyone who identifies as male and plays a major supporting role in the life of a transgender or gender-fluid child.

Location: Aditi Yoga
Address: 4206 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
Date: Every other Wednesday night beginning Oct 7th
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Brief intake required

Pierce County (currently suspended)

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

Whatcom County

Parents of Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Children

Location: Fairhaven Bike and Ski Building – top floor
Address: 1108 11th St, Suite #304, Bellingham, WA
Date: 2nd Sunday of every month
Time: 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Brief intake required

National / International (Video)

Parents of All-Ages Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Children

Location: your living room via phone or video participation
Date: 2nd Sunday of every month
Time: 12 noon to 2:00pm (PST)
New access link sent by email every month
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.