Support Groups


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 two types of support groups:
Community-Focused and Caregiver/Parent-Focused! 

01/2022: New Caregiver-Focused Support Group!

If you’re a parent or caregiver of an LGBTQ+ person:

Join our Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) support group!
Either email us at BIPOCsupport@gbpflag.org or fill out this online form to join or learn more! Each meeting will be led and facilitated by trained parents and caregivers who are members of the BIPOC community and will guide you in receiving support, giving support, and connecting with information and resources to help you, your family, and your community.

Not sure if the time or location will work for you? Not sure you want to attend?
No problem – the meeting details are still being finalized! Connect with us to help us meet your needs and learn what would work best for you!

Not sure you’re the right fit for this group?
This caregiver-focused support group is open to parents and caregivers of youth of all LGBTQ+ identities. You are welcome no matter the child’s age, and all forms of caregivers are welcome – parent, legal guardian, foster parent, other family member, or otherwise a caregiver involved in the child’s life. As long as you identify within the umbrella of BIPOC, this is the group for you!

Share your contact info for BIPOC support group updates!

Update:  Parents & Caregivers of Youth and Tweens+ Support Group!

Tween+
now meeting monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:30pm
Focus is will be on topics that come up as we look ahead to adolescence and children near or in the early phases of puberty.

10&Under (Littles)
now meeting monthly on the 4th Saturday at 9:00am
Focus will be on topics most relevant to parents/caregivers of children who are 10 and under

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.

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Here are some additional resources
to help you remain connected and supported

GBPFLAG Helpline
If you need support or someone to talk to please call and leave a message for our helpline at (866) 312-5007 and a volunteer will reach out to talk to you within 24hrs. 

QChat space provides afternoon and evening online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13 to 19  with facilitators, supported in part by PFLAG National 

PFLAG Connects 
Do you need a little LGBTQ+ positivity and community? From PFLAG National, PFLAG Connects is a way to meet where you are, as you are, through PFLAG Connects: Communities, virtual chapter meetings, live broadcasts on social media (including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn), online activities, resources, and more.

Online Social Resources and Support Groups

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 (link)
877-565-8860 

TrevorLifeline
call 1-866-488-7386 or access web chat and Text Message:

Fenway Peer Listening Lines
 https://fenwayhealth.org/care/wellness-resources/help-lines/

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255

Other Helplines
https://pflag.org/hotlines  

OUR SUPPORT GROUPS

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 downloading our flyer for a list of all our support group times 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.  

Some of our groups are beginning to meet in person & some continue to meet virtually.
Please reach out to each group via e-mail to find out if they are meeting in-person this month & the location of their meeting space or to receive the Zoom meeting link and passcode. 
You can attend any support group that is a good fit for you, no need to stay local now or once we return to in-person meetings!

Not from the area or want to check out other PFLAG chapters?
Visit pflag.org/find-a-chapter and learn more about the 400+ chapters which make up the National PFLAG Chapter Network!

Learn more about our support groups types! 

We have two different kinds of groups. Which works best for you? 

Community-Focused Groups

Our Community-Focused groups are for the whole community and are open to anyone who would like to attend  – parents, friends, significant others, family members, allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Come to learn, connect, support and learn together! No matter who you are or where you are at in your journey, you are welcome.

Caregiver-Focused Groups 

These groups are focused on specific support needs of caregivers, who often have unique questions or concerns around challenges their children may experience at any age. To facilitate these conversations, Greater Boston PFLAG provides a set of monthly support groups dedicated specifically for caregivers of transgender, gender expansive, 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. 

We currently have one caregiver-focused group specifically for caregivers whose transgender, gender expansive, and gender questioning children are 12 years old and younger!