MONTHLY SUPPORT MEETINGS
Our monthly support meetings offer a warm and caring atmosphere for you to hear about the experiences of others, share your own, and grow in your understanding gender diversity and sexual orientation. All discussions are confidential, and it is fine to come at first to listen and not to talk. We welcome LGBTQ* individuals as well as their parents, family members and friends.
There is no fee to attend a meeting – it’s completely free. You do not have to register in advance. ASL interpreting is available with advance notice. Please contact us to make arrangements.
The Support Meeting is also your chance to borrow a book or DVD from our free lending library (currently available at the East Toronto meeting only).
When: The 1st Wednesday of every month, from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Doors Open and Refreshments at 7:15 p.m.
Where: Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd. (2 blocks north of Danforth Avenue, half a block east of Coxwell Avenue and Coxwell Subway Station)
When: The 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:30 – 9 p.m. (refreshments served at 7:15 p.m.)
Where: St. Olave's Anglican Church (side entrance), Ethel Brown Room, 360 Windermere Avenue, south of Bloor, between Jane and Runnymede.
When: The 2nd Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: East Metro Youth Service, Suite 200, 1200 Markham Road (between Ellesmere and Hwy. 401)
No RSVP: You do not have to confirm your attendance. You are welcome to attend any meeting you wish.
What to expect:
Monthly support meetings can attract anywhere from a half dozen to thirty people. For some, it’s their first meeting, while others have been attending for many years. Some are parents who are have just learned that their child is transgender. Some are struggling to accept that their child is gay. Others are LGBTQ* individuals who have been rejected by their parents. Still others simply want to learn more about LGBTQ* issues now that they are part of a gay-straight family. And some are parents and youth farther along the journey, who come to spend time with others and share their experiences with folks newer to the LGBTQ* experience.
Each meeting is facilitated by a Toronto PFLAG volunteer, who explains that all personal information is to be treated as confidential, and not shared with anyone outside the group. To start the discussion, Toronto PFLAG volunteers introduce themselves and tell the group a little bit about their personal experiences. Then we open the floor to anyone who wishes to talk or to ask questions. By sharing our journeys and lessons learned, we help one another adjust to our new family dynamic, or cope with adverse conditions. We understand that the experience of coming out as LGBTQ* or learning that your child is LGBTQ* is unique for everyone. As such, you will never feel like you are being judged or pressured at one of our meetings. We encourage you to move forward at your own pace.
From time to time we invite guest speakers to our meetings who provide information and perspectives on various issues of interest to Toronto PFLAG families – from Toronto Police Service outreach to the LGBTQ* community, to transgender issues.