Centre for Sexuality, in partnership with Families Matter, is pleased to offer a monthly support group for families and caregivers of gender creative children up to age 14.

 

This is a support group for parents and caregivers of gender creative children under the age of 14. New families are welcome to join at any point throughout the year and you are welcome to attend based on your availability or interest in the evening’s topic. Gender creative children are kids who express their gender in ways that are different than what might be expected based on their assigned sex at birth. This includes children who may be questioning their gender, transgender, gender fluid, non-binary, or Two-Spirit.

The group is an opportunity for caregivers to share stories, support each other in a non-judgmental atmosphere, and learn more about how to support their gender creative kids. The group is facilitated by the LGBTQ2S+ Natural Supports Worker from Centre for Sexuality (formerly Calgary Sexual Health Centre) and includes resource sharing as well as discussion time.

Free Child Care is provided in the play room at Families Matter during the group. Child Care is run by a staff member from Families Matter and volunteers who have extensive experience working with gender creative kids. The play space is also ideal for kids to connect with others children who share these experiences. Siblings are always welcome to attend.

 

► This group is closed to only families and natural supports (parents, caregivers, guardians) of gender creative children. Please RSVP at the Eventbrite link below so we know who to expect at each meeting in order to supply adequate childcare.

 

When: The first Tuesday of every month. We begin at 6:00 p.m. and finish at 7:30 p.m. Please note that Families Matter has moved to a new location: 3404 – 25 ST NE (off of Barlow)

  • Nov 5, 2019: Levels of Acceptance: In this session we will explore your family’s personal values around gender diversity and reflect on common language that can unintentionally communicate rejection of gender diversity. We’ll explore other terms and phrases that can provide validation. Parents and caregivers will leave with new tools to foster support within their families.
  • Dec 3, 2019: Affirming your Child: An evening to focus on all the best qualiies in your child and how to communicate them regularly to build self-esteem and family connection. Parents and caregivers will leave with tools and skills to promote mental health and connection within their families.

► Info and RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gender-creative-families-night-tickets-55091208287 

Location: Families Matter, 3404 – 25 ST NE (off of Barlow). Starting November 5th, Gender Creative Families Night will take place at Families Matter’s new location! There is plenty of free parking in front of the new building. Please be aware that signage may not be up by November 5th – please refer to this map for further assistance. (Families Matter’s windows face Barlow Trail and the Shaw building).