As we continue to progress as a nation, so are the confidence levels of individuals all over. Whether it is the confidence to get your hair cut in that funky style you’ve been eyeing, the confidence to hold your partner’s hand in public or simply the confidence to smile at someone on the street, it’s evident that self-expression is growing stronger despite the controversial nature of our country. This confidence can specifically be attributed to the many transgender individuals who are so proudly and boldly coming forward and living their truths. For so many trans people, coming out and beginning a transition is scary and emotional–maybe it even seems impossible, unreachable, simply not in the cards. But the fact of the matter is…it is possible to live your truth, and even more possible to find that necessary support and community.
At LGBT Life Center, we work with people of all colors, races, sizes, genders, sexual orientations and backgrounds. As the times have changed, so have we in order to better serve our community. We often hear feedback and questions from members of our transgender community about their experiences–many are seeking support groups, inquiring about trans-centered activities and trans resources. Well, the answer is that we most definitely do have all of these things! After hearing so many of the same questions, we wanted to make obtaining this information easier for our transgender family and friends, so….we’ve compiled a list of the Top 4 Discussion Groups for Trans Folx!
4 Trans Groups You Can’t Miss
- Trans Masculine Group – Are you an individual who is transitioning from female to male? Maybe you are curious about the transition but haven’t started yet. Whichever the case, this is the group for you! Join group members for a relateable discussion about experiences, what it means to be trans, support, advice and much more. All we ask is that you show up and just be yourself. This is a safe space and a no judgement zone. Attend the Trans Masculine Group and mingle with others who fully understand what it means to be trans.*There are actually two different Trans Masculine groups that meet at LGBT Life Center! Can’t make it to this one? Trans Masculine Group 2 meets on the third Saturday of every month.
- Gender Expression Movement (GEM) – Gender is an expression. It is a behavior. It is an identity. And most importantly…it is fluid! Join the GEM group for advocacy, resources, education and support for the transgender community in a relaxed, all-inclusive atmosphere. Attendees of GEM, as always, are encouraged to express themselves–whether you’re feminine, masculine or non-binary, you’re welcome here. Come mingle with other trans members of the community and enjoy colorful discussion about gender expressiveness in a safe, welcoming environment.
- Trans Feminine Group – The Trans Feminine Group is a made up of like-minded individuals who are looking for a place to discuss anything and everything – from their very personal journey of transitions in body and mind, to their spirit of adventure! Each month we will strive to bring a topic to the table that is of interest and significance to the group. If you’re transitioning from male to female, interested in learning more about transitioning, or just want to chat and enjoy yourself with others like you, be sure to check out the Trans Fem Group.
Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies (SOFFA) of persons transitioning – Calling all Allies! SOFFA is a support group for individuals that are adjusting to and assisting with someone in their lives that is transitioning. Whether they have just come out or are still in the process of becoming who they are striving to be, this is a group for those special individuals who want to learn more about what it means to be trans. It is through experience, discussion and learning that Allies are able to offer the greatest platform of support and compassion.
For more information on Center support and discussion groups, when they meet, and what we offer, be sure to check out our monthly calendar. We hope to see you at one of our awesome trans groups!
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