We provide 1:1 support for parents of LGBTQ+ childreN

Our qualified parent worker Nicki Ryan is here to help and can offer information, advice and guidance to support you. We work with parents and family members at all different stages of their journey - whether your child has just come out and you’re feeling confused or shocked, or whether your child is now an adult and has been out for years and you’d just like to meet other rainbow families…

If you’d like support, please contact us: nicki@free2b.lgbt | 07884 425 408

Proud Parents
supporting parents of trans & gender variant children

We deliver a monthly support group for parents of trans and gender variant children.

The group aims to support common parenting themes and concerns, as well as trans specific issues such as:

  • Supporting your child in coming out
  • Supporting your child through their transition
  • Working effectively with your child’s school
  • Discussing genders with your child
  • Coping with bullying

Upcoming seSSions

We are currently running 1 hour online sessions Wednesdays every fortnight with quarterly in person sessions

  • 1st Sept 2021 6:30-7:30 - online
  • 15th September 6:00-8:00 - in person
  • 29th Sept 6:30-7:30 - online
  • 13th Oct 2021 6:30-7:30 - online
  • 27th Oct 2021 6:30-7:30 - online

Parent guide

With funding from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme, in 2019 we created a guide with members of our monthly parent group in response to feedback that information can be overwhelming. Our guide is a basic introduction for parents of trans children, with links to more detailed information and further reading for those who feel ready. 

SUPPORT INFO


Family Lives

Offers advice and support on a wide range of issues for all families including parents of LGBT children, such as supporting your child coming out. Visit website

Families and friends of lesbians and gays

Dedicated to supporting families and their LGBT+ members. Visit website

Families Together London

Dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual sons and daughters. Visit website

Mermaids

Family and individual support for young people with gender identity issues. Visit website

NSPCC

Provides information and resources to help keep young people safe including staying safe online. Visit website

Stonewall

National organisation campaigning for LGBT equality. Good source of information on a range of subjects from bullying, education rights and equality law. Visit website

Bullying UK

Good source of information should your child be a victim of bullying. Includes advice and guidance on how to challenge your child's school if you are unhappy with their response. Visit website

Counselling Directory

Comprehensive search tool to find local therapists with LGBTQ+ specialism (please note the therapists listed are private practice and therefore the services are costed). Visit website

Tranzwiki

Directory of groups supporting  and gender diverse individuals, their families and friends across the UK. Visit website

Please also visit our Young People pages for information that may benefit your child.

What do proud parents
Say about us?

  • I am the mother of an 11 year old transgender boy who has lived (for most purposes) as a male since toddlerhood but transitioned at his all-girls school only last September. Nicki has provided invaluable support and advice to my son and to me over the past year or so. We both love Nicki and trust her implicitly. My son in particular really opens up to her and seems actually to listen to her gentle suggestions! She is highly professional, exceptionally well-informed and trained, and thoroughly in touch with the needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ young people and the community in general. More importantly, she is a warm, genuine, respectful, intelligent and intuitive person, who has transformed the lives of many LGBTQ+ young people who come to her, often in circumstances where there is nowhere else to turn. She is like a surrogate parent, street-smart older sibling and wise community leader combined!

    Lisa, Parent

  • When my daughter was 13 she started seriously questioning her sexuality. I struggled to find an LGBT group to support her until I came across the Gap and, in particular, Nicki. My daughter was made to feel welcome and noticeably blossomed in confidence from her first few weekly sessions at the Gap. Led by Nicki she was provided with the right balance of education and chill out time, camaraderie and sensitive support to enable her to develop a clearer feeling of her own identity and how she presents that to the world. As a heterosexual mother I can be supportive of my daughter in very many ways including her sexuality but what I can never be is a positive lesbian role model. Nicki has helped fulfil that role for our daughter and in my opinion so many other youngsters attending. My husband and I can’t thank her enough.

    (Parent)

  • There were so many things about LGBTQ that I didn’t understand - even what LGBTQ stands for. I have to admit to living in the dark ages. Free2B didn’t laugh at my questions and explained the gender and sexuality terminology to me in a way that I actually get. Now when my daughter talks to me about sexuality, I don’t have that gormless expression on my face. Free2B is a service I would recommend to parents and young people to find out information and to talk to. You really are Free2B however you want.

    Andrea, Parent

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