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Transgender Support Groups and Resources you Should Know

The transgender community has been fighting for equal rights and acceptance. This is a fight that’s still in progress, but step-by-step things are moving in the right direction. There are many support groups out there that can help transgenders and people who are close to them. These groups offer a place where they can share their stories, as well as receive support from others in similar situations.

Feeling understood and supported is the main goal of a transgender support group, for both the person having surgery and their family. The meetings are a gathering in a safe space where people can share their experiences, feelings, emotions, uncertainties and joys with each other. But it is fine to just listen to other people’s experiences too.

What are Transgender Support Groups?

Transgender support groups are safe havens for people who identify as transgender, gender non-binary, or anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. In these groups, members can openly discuss the unique challenges they face and offer support, advice, and friendship to one another.

Often discussed topics are coming out, transitioning, and living as a transgender person. Transgender support groups can also be a great resource for family and friends of transgender people as well.

What are the Types of Transgender Support Groups?

There are many types of transgender support groups, each with its own focus and goals. Some groups focus on providing social support, while others focus on advocacy or education. Some groups are for transgender people only, while others are for family, friends, and allies. Here are some of the most popular types of transgender support groups:

  • Social support groups: These groups provide a safe and supportive space for transgender people to connect with others. They may offer activities and events, or simply provide a place to chat and make friends.
  • Advocacy groups: These groups work to advance the rights of transgender people and raise awareness about transgender issues. They may engage in lobbying, protests, and media campaigns.
  • Educational groups: These groups work to educate the public about transgender issues. They may offer workshops, seminars, and other educational materials.
  • Family and friends support groups: These groups provide support and information for family members and friends of transgender people. They may offer resources on how to be a supportive ally, or simply provide a place to talk and share experiences.

What are the Benefits of Transgender Support Groups?

Transgender support groups provide a much-needed sense of community for those individuals who are struggling with their gender identity. In addition to offering emotional support, these groups can also provide practical information about transitioning, hormone therapy, and other medical procedures.

For many transgender people, joining a support group is an essential step on their journey to self-acceptance.

How can I Find a Transgender Support Group near me?

The transgender community is one that is often misunderstood, and as a result, many transgender individuals feel isolated and alone. However, there are a number of transgender support groups that can provide the love, care, and support that many transgender individuals need. These groups can provide a sense of community, and they can also offer resources and information about transgender-related issues.

Some of the Best Transgender Support Groups

The best transgender support groups can provide a sense of community, understanding, and acceptance. These groups can also offer educational resources, advocacy opportunities, and social events. Some of the best transgender support groups include:

  • Facialteam Peer Group on Facebook is a community of +3600 trans peers, fulltime moderated by former Facialteam patient, Sarah O’Connell. Get free support from other FFS patients.
  • Queer Doc offers a list of virtual, online transgender support groups
  • Meetup is a great resource to find events or groups on whatever topic, just type in what you’re looking for and the location and a list of upcoming events will pop up.
  • Center Link strengthens, supports, & connects LGBTQ Community Centers, offers a map with community centers in the US.
  • Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization that connects trans people in crisis with trained counselors
  • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. The Trevor Project provides 24/7 crisis support services to LGBTQ young people. Text, chat, or call anytime to reach a trained counselor.
  • PFLAG National is a community of more than 250,000 members and supporters working to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people their families, and allies.
  • The Out Alliance offers LGBTQ+ progams, events, resources, education classes, and more to the Greater Rochester community.
  • Stand with Trans offers support groups for both parents as transgender youth between 9 and 24 years old.

Resources for Transgender Support

Besides support groups there are many other initiatives from organisations fighting for trans equality. Below list provides resources for transgender support which come in handy for trans individuals as well as their partners, parents or other loved ones.

What Should I Expect from a Transgender Support Group?

When joining a transgender support group, you can expect to find a safe and welcoming environment where you can share your story and experiences with others who understand what you’re going through. You can also expect to find resources and support for your transition, whether you’re just starting out or are already well on your way. 

Whether you’re looking for medical resources, legal support, or just a place to belong, there’s a transgender support group out there for you.

Transgender Support Groups at Facialteam

At Facialteam we offer support groups for our patients and loved ones as part of our comprehensive care system and are hosted by our team of psychologists. Before surgery, we like to have an idea of your emotional circumstances and address any specific emotional needs that can appear before surgery. Talking about the stress, your concerns and your fears puts everyone at ease.

After surgery, we want you to feel emotionally supported, as well as your relatives and companions too. The aim is to help people feel that they’re not alone, and maybe even encourage bonds with others “in the same boat”. Sharing emotions and points of view is cathartic and builds a sense of community.

We have scientific objectives too that are better understood from a professional psychological perspective. Evaluating satisfaction and expectations, as well as studying the effects of facial gender affirming surgery on the self-perception and well-being of patients, are important to our research and development department to advance in the facial feminization field.

Besides the group sessions hosted by our psychologists, we manage a 3600+ trans community on Facebook where mostly trans women provide support and advice for free..

How can I Start My own Transgender Support Group?

Transgender support groups can provide a sense of community and validation for individuals who may feel isolated due to their gender identity. These groups also offer an opportunity to educate the public about transgender issues and advocate for transgender rights. If you are interested in starting your own transgender support group, there are a few key things to keep in mind.

Some important considerations for starting a transgender support group include:

  1. Securing a meeting space that is safe and welcoming for all members
  2. Creating a code of conduct or set of guidelines for the group
  3. Identifying a group leader or facilitator
  4. Promoting the group to potential members

With careful planning and execution, starting a transgender support group can be a rewarding experience for both the group members and the community at large.

Frequently Asked Questions about Transgender Support Groups

– What is a transgender support group?

A transgender support group is a peer-led or professionally-led group that provides social and emotional support for transgender people and their loved ones.

– What is the purpose of a transgender support group?

The purpose of a transgender support group is to provide a safe and supportive space for transgender people to share their experiences, gain social and emotional support, and find community.

– Who can benefit from a transgender support group?

Transgender people of all ages and their loved ones can benefit from a transgender support group. These groups can be a valuable resource for transgender people who are exploring their gender identity, transitioning, or living as their authentic selves.

– What topics are discussed in transgender support groups?

Topics discussed in transgender support groups can vary, but may include exploring gender identity, coming out, transitioning, mental health, relationships, and more.

Patient Relations Manager Lilia Koss, presentator of Lilia's Livestreams
About the author

Hello world! I’m Lilia Koss and I use she, her, and they pronouns. What are yours? With a background in humanities and diverse professional experiences, I have been working with the Facialteam founders and directors since 2018. Involved from the ground up, so I’ve had hands in many pots: patient coordination, orientation events on 3 continents, social media, written and audiovisual content about our gender-affirming healthcare...but now life is more defined. Lately, I focus my energies on Public Relations, community management and live streaming to help raise the visibility of trans health. Life is pretty complete.