It can be a scary and lonely time when your child comes out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans (LGBT) and we have collected some advice from the parents that we have supported in the past.
Words of Advice from Parents of Trans Young People
It can be very challenging trying to navigate information and resources that are best suited to help you, as a parent / carer, support your children. Sometimes it’s very difficult to find people who best relate to your situation. In order to help, here’s a PDF document of advice from parents of Trans young people:
Supporting Trans Patients: A quick guide for GPs
This guide has been developed by TransActual in consultation with GPs and with trans patients. It’s designed to act as a quick source of information and signposting. See ‘Supporting trans patients – a brief guide for staff at the GP surgery‘, for additional info and signposting to CPD.
Ways to support your Trans child
Children and young people that are coming out as trans or are unsure whether they’re trans may need additional support from you, the parents / carers, with regards to specific support about gender identity. It can be difficult to know how best to support your child, so here’s a PDF document of advice on how to best support and validate a transgender or questioning child:
Support for parents/carers/guardians of Trans young people
It became clear that parents/carers/guardians of trans young people have a particular need for a safe and nurturing space to meet and share their experiences and knowledge.
We run a monthly peer support group for parents/carers/guardians of Trans young people where young people and parents can attend together.
The group meets on a monthly basis in Huddersfield Town Centre on the first Thursday of everything month. Contact the Youth Service Manager here for further information:
Parents have a separate space from young people to be able to meet other parents in similar situations, share experiences and form friendships – all in a confidential space where parents/carers/guardians won’t be judged.
If you would like to make a referral, please complete our online ‘yOUTh Service Referral Form‘
Local support agencies:
National support agencies:
A national voluntary organisation and charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans sons and daughters.
Family and individual support for gender diverse and transgender children and young people.
GIRES is a volunteer operated membership charity that, in collaboration with the other groups in its field, hears, helps, empowers and gives a voice to trans and gender non-conforming individuals, including those who are non-binary and non-gender, as well as their families.