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Trans Women, Non-Binary Fem, and Intersex Support Group

Every Tuesday; 6:00 - 8:30 pm

An opportunity to connect and share your unique experience with other humans who have their own stories from which we all can learn. Offer support, friendship, affirmation, and kindness to each other and your self. Stay connected online on the Discord channel.

All members must agree to and adhere to the rules and guidelines below before attending.

Donations accepted.

Group structure

  • Format: Check-ins, then discussion of topics, then check-outs

  • Discussion Group is capped at 8. Split into two groups if 9 or more members show up.

  • This is a support group, not a therapy group. We try to avoid anyone getting triggered, or digging deep into emotions.

  • Agreements are made easily accessible for all members, provided to new members upon joining, and reviewed as a group on a regular basis.

  • Agreements can be changed as needed.

Rules

  • No one is required to disclose anything.

  • Respect confidentiality of all that is said.

  • No interrupting.

  • No slurs, hate speech, name calling, or yelling.

  • No gatekeeping.

  • Don't tell people what to do.

  • Ask permission before giving advice.

  • Don't label people.

  • Anyone can leave at any time.

  • Please give trigger warnings and include what the potential trigger is.

  • Please wait to speak until it is your turn or the floor is open for discussion.

  • Give space for others to speak. Allow silence to occur.

  • Focus on being supportive and seeking support.

  • Contact outside of the group is allowed and encouraged.

 

Facilitator responsibilities

  • Enforces the rules.

  • Checks in with people regarding challenging topics.

  • Checks in with people who haven't spoken for a while.

  • Checks in with people whose topic is being discussed, so they have plenty of chances

  • to respond to developments in the conversation.

  • Directs the conversation away from triggering content, arguments, and off-topic conversations.

  • Initiates the beginning and ending of group. Keeps time.

  • Asks prompting and clarifying questions when a person is explaining their topic. Opens the floor for discussion once that person is ready.

  • Interjects if a conversation is getting too 1-sided or too back-and-forth. Redirects the conversation to the group.

  • Ensures everyone gets an adequate chance to speak.

 

Challenging topics

  • Facilitator goes through with each person, in sequence, to see in what capacity they

  • are comfortable with the topic.

  • Facilitator makes note of any limitations or boundaries that come up, and helps to

  • enforce those boundaries during the discussion.

  • Members have a chance to leave before the discussion is started, and will be called

  • back in once it is done.

  • We want to avoid making people leave the room if possible.

 

Examples of potential triggers

  • Violence

  • Abuse

  • Graphic medical details

  • Sexual topics

  • Drugs and alcohol

  • Self harm

  • Parental issues

  • Transphobia

  • Ableism

  • Food and diet