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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. Contact us at info@genderdiversity.org, or call 1-855-4GENDER (855-443-6337) to schedule a telephone intake 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 schedule your intake call today at  info@genderdiversity.org. During the call, you will receive additional information, including meeting locations. Check below of our usual schedule, or our Events page for a listing of what’s coming this month.

King County

1st Sunday
of
the month
Seattle  4 – 6 pm  Parents of Littles Group
Parents of trans and gender-diverse kids under 10 meet.
 
Littles Play Group
Gender-diverse kids 10 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 Tweens
Parents of trans and gender-diverse kids aged 10-14 meet.
 
Tweens Group
Trans and gender-diverse kids about age 10 – 14 meet for facilitated discussions and activities designed for them. Led by a trained facilitator.
3rd Sunday  Seattle  4:30 – 6:30 pm  Parents of Teens
Parents of trans and gender-diverse teens meet.
 
Parents of Adult-age children
Parents of trans and gender-diverse adult-age children meet.
 
Teens Group (ages 15 – 20)
Teens 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.
 
Kids Play Group
Trans and gender-diverse kids up to age ~ 14 participate in age-appropriate, facilitated activities.
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.
5th Sunday Seattle 4:30 – 6:30 pm Thriving on Two Spectrums
In partnership with The Arc of King County, we host periodic 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.
 
Kids Play Group
Trans and gender-diverse kids up to age ~ 14 participate in age-appropriate, facilitated activities.

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 up to age ~ 14 participate in age-appropriate, facilitated activities.

Snohomish County

2nd Sundays Lynnwood 4 – 6 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 up to age ~ 14 participate in age-appropriate, facilitated activities.

Whatcom County

1st Sundays Bellingham 3:30 – 5:30 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 up to age participate in age-appropriate, facilitated activities.
 
Teens Group (ages 15 – 20)
Teens meet for facilitated conversations and activities.  Teens may attend without their parents.
2nd Sundays Bellingham 3:30 – 5:30 pm Parents of Adult-age Children
Parents of trans and gender-diverse adult-age children meet.