No matter where you are with supporting your child, there’s a support group ready to welcome you.
Our support groups are safe and welcoming spaces where you can meet with other community members with LGBTQ+ people in their lives, including families whose children have come out to them, friends and significant others, or those who are interested in learning how to become a better ally to LGBTQ+ people. These groups meet once or twice a month, are run by trained volunteers, most of whom are parents, and are filled with people who can offer support, answer questions, and link you to resources. These meetings are free of charge to attend and all information you share is confidential.
We have support groups all over the Boston area, although right now all of our groups are meeting online via Zoom. Find a group near you by clicking here for a list of all our support group locations and contact information. To get details about joining a zoom support group meeting, please email the listed contact ahead of time for the group you would like to attend.
We have two different kinds of groups. Which works best for you?
Open Community Groups
These groups are for anyone – parents, friends, significant others, family members, allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community. They are open to anyone who would like to attend and would like to give or offer support to people in their community.
Parents of Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Gender Questioning People
All of our regular support groups are open to anyone. Parents and caregivers of children, teens and adults who are exploring or disclosing their gender identity frequently have unique questions or or concerns around challenges their children may experience. To facilitate these conversations, Greater Boston PFLAG provides a set of monthly support groups dedicated specifically for parents and caregivers of transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender questioning people. No matter the age or identity of your loved one, we want you to have a chance to learn and grow in a safe and welcoming space with people who have similar experience, and to receive guidance in better supporting your child.
Important COVID-19 Notice
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in line with recommendations from National PFLAG and health organizations, all of our support groups are meeting via Zoom at this time. Please stay tuned to our emails, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and website for current updates and resources.
Here are some additional resources to help you remain connected and supported:
If you need support or someone to talk to please call and leave a message for our helpline at (866) 427-3524 and a volunteer will reach out to talk to you within 24hrs.
Online Social Resources and Support Groups
QChat space provides afternoon and evening online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13 to 19 with facilitators, supported in part by PFLAG National
Gender Spectrum provides online support groups for parents, grandparents and more in partnership with PFLAG National
TrevorSpace An online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends.
If you or someone you know needs immediate support:
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
TrevorLifeline call 1-866-488-7386 or access web chat and Text Message:
Fenway Peer Listening Lines https://fenwayhealth.org/care/
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Other Helplines: https://pflag.org/hotlines