No matter where you are with supporting your child, there’s a support group ready to welcome you.
Support groups are safe and welcoming spaces where you can meet with other parents and caregivers who are also supporting LGBTQ children. These groups meet once or twice a month, are run by trained volunteers (most of whom are parents themselves), and are filled with people who can offer support, answer questions, and link you to resources. Whatever information you share will be confidential.
Important COVID-19 Notice
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in line with recommendations from National PFLAG and health organizations, we at Greater Boston PFLAG have recommended to group facilitators that all in-person support groups be suspended at this time. Some groups are working to find alternatives to in-person meetings through methods such as phone and video conferencing and will communicate this to meeting attendees. We will continue looking into additional support options and resources as needs and options evolve. 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
CHOOSING YOUR SUPPORT GROUP
We have two different kinds of groups. Which works best for you?
Open Community Groups
These groups are for parents, friends, and family 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. The majority of people who attend are parents of LGBTQ people.
Parents of Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Gender Questioning People
These groups are only for parents and caregivers of transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender questioning people. Some exceptions are made for extended family. Reach out to the group’s email address to learn more.
SUPPORT GROUP LOCATIONS
Find a group near you by clicking here for a downloadable list of all our support group locations and contact information.