PEER SUPPORT GROUP

Our trans led peer support group has been meeting every week no matter the weather or holidays for over 40 years. Our peer support groups provide a great place for trans folks, gender nonconforming and questioning folks, friends, family and community allies to come together for information and mutual support.

Groups are facilitated by trained peer-facilitators from our own communities. Discussions are free ranging, confidential and focused on the interests and concerns of the people who attend the group. This is also a good place to come to get information and referrals for other services you may need. There is no cost to attend our support group. Our support group is always drop-in, there is no need to RSVP.

We meet every Wednesday from 7pm - 9pm, at the offices of Seattle Counseling Service at 1216 Pine St #300, Seattle, WA 98101.

Each week, our support group starts with a check in, followed by community announcements, and then a group discussion. Depending on the night, we will offer several different group discussion formats. Here's a breakdown of what they are:

  • 1st Wednesday of the month: Breakout groups for trans feminine people, trans masculine people, SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, and allies), All Gender Expressions (AGE). We also host a QLaw Clinic, wherein attendees can meet one-on-one with a legal advisor to discuss civil law issues.
  • 2nd Wednesday of the month: We meet as a single, large group.
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month: We break out into small groups based on topics chosen by attendees and also host SOFFA and STEEP (Seattle Transgender Economic Empowerment Project) break out groups.
  • 4th Wednesday of the month: We meet as a single, large group.
  • 5th Wednesday of the month (if there is one!): We offer various workshops as well as a discussion group to provide support. Check the calendar to see what workshops will be offered next! If you are interested in offering a workshop please email us at support@ingersollgendercenter.org for more information.

Our Community Agreements and Expectations

Our support groups are trans-centered spaces.

Ingersoll Gender Center is an organization led by transgender and gender nonconforming people. We're passionate about building and holding spaces for folks in our communities that are centered on our needs, stories and shared experiences. We welcome anyone who is exploring their gender identity or those who are actively working to build skills to support trans and gender nonconforming folks in their lives. If that doesn't sound like you, we ask that you respect the trans centered spaces we're building and reach out us for other ways to connect with and support trans and gender nonconforming communities. 

Facilitators may ask you to rephrase things or not share as often.

We're really excited that you've joined us for a support group meeting! We want to make sure that everyone feels comfortable sharing when they're moved to. Sometimes that means if you've spoken multiple times facilitators may make space for other folks who haven't had a chance to share yet to share. Similarly, if something you share violates a community agreement one of our facilitators may invite you to share something differently or not share something that is harmful to others. 

Community Agreements:

Participate Fully:

Sometimes participating is sharing your experiences but sometimes its listening and giving space to others to share. We ask that folks be mindful of the space they're taking up and are not be disruptive during group discussions. 

We value accessibility:

With the large number of folks who attend our meetings it's very easy for things to get loud. We ask that folks don't engage in side conversations, turn their electronics on silence and don't clap or make loud noises in the space so that those in attendance that have sensory sensitivities or are hard of hearing can participate fully. Additionally, please refrain from wearing heavy scents. If you have other accessibility concerns please don't hesitate to reach out to us via email at support@ingersollgendercenter.org or give us a call at (206) 849 - 7859. 

There's no one way to be trans:

There are so many different ways to be trans and we try to lift that up by centering our own experiences and not dictating to others what it means to be trans or how they have to navigate their own transition. We also encourage folks not to offer advice unless it is explicitly asked for.

We acknowledge that oppression exists, challenge it in our spaces and work collectively to combat it in our own thinking and actions:

As trans people we all have to to navigate oppressive systems and many of us have first hand experience being the target of transphobic comments or violence. We also know that other forms of oppression reinforce the transphobia many of us have to navigate daily. We aim to nurture a brave, earnest and learning space but we challenge each other to eliminate racist, sexist, classist, ablest and otherwise oppressive language and comments so that everyone can participate fully.