For Parents and Carers

Affirm, Embrace, Celebrate

Transgender, Gender Diverse, Non-Binary, Sistergirls, Brotherboys and questioning children, adolescents and young people are celebrated, embraced and supported here at Transcend Australia. We know that our kids are happier, more resilient and can thrive and flourish when they are loved, respected and affirmed.

Being gender diverse is a beautiful example of natural human diversity. When a young person is able to affirm their gender, it can be a source of great comfort, personal empowerment and joy. Coming out to family can take a lot of courage and a lot of trust in loved ones. Many young people fear how their family might react, especially as there is a great deal of misinformation about the lives of gender diverse people in society. Being gender diverse is not a mental illness, however rejection, marginalisation, stigma and discrimination can have negative impacts on mental health. When a child comes out to you, they need you now more than ever. They need you to be their safe place.

Learning your child is gender diverse or questioning their gender can be scary, confronting and isolating for parents and carers. You may be feeling overwhelmed or shocked. Or, your child’s gender identity may make perfect sense to you. You may feel all of these things at once and not know what to do next.

You’re not alone. There are families and young people across Australia seeking help, connecting with one another and finding professional assistance through Transcend Australia. We encourage you to learn as much as possible by reading the resources on this website, reading books and watching content about this experience in order to be your child’s best support and ally. Over the years, Transcend Australia has seen a rapid social evolution to greater acceptance and support for gender diverse kids.

Whilst there can be challenges to navigate, there are also many reasons for joy and optimism. With support from families, communities and caring professionals our kids are thriving and getting on with living their lives, following their dreams, talents and passions.

Transcend has put ‘success’ into the experience of being trans” -Isabelle (young person)

"Transcend has helped us understand the needs of our daughter, particularly at a time when it was just beginning to happen and was overwhelming. By being connected to a welcoming and informed community it has helped us gain knowledge and provided peer support." - Transcend parent
"I spoke with Transcend in my hardest week. I was lost trying to find someone to talk to who had some understanding of what I was going through. Transcend was amazing." - Transcend parent

Peer Support and Resources

What are the benefits of joining a peer support group?

Joining a peer support group can feel like a big step especially at the beginning of a journey that you may be finding overwhelming.

Our peer support groups are well moderated with clear rules and expected standards of behavior which all participants are asked to abide by to ensure everyone feels safe, respected and welcome. By joining a peer support group, you become part of a community of families and carers navigating a similar experience. This community can provide support, information, comfort and great tips for better supporting your trans, gender diverse or non-binary child.

The benefits of joining a group can include:

  • Feeling like someone ‘gets it’
  • Sharing feelings and experiences
  • Increasing your knowledge about gender diversity
  • Reducing the feeling of isolation by becoming part of a community
  • Gaining confidence in your understanding and support for your child
  • Becoming empowered to advocate for your child
  • Access to services and resources
  • We also try to have fun as a community, sharing annual events like Christmas and the various Pride events and days of significance around the country.

Families who are part of the Transcend Australia peer support network report feeling less isolated, more positive about the future, better informed and better able to cope with stresses that occur from time to time. Our children reap the benefits of happier, better informed parents and carers.

PEER SUPPORT GROUPS

Transcend Families is a safe and welcoming face to face and online peer support network for the parents/carers of Trans, Gender Diverse, Non-Binary, Brotherboy and Sistergirl children, adolescents and young people (parents of adult children are very welcome)

Transcend Australia has groups in every state and territory.

You can connect to our family support here:

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