The Trans Support Group Online is designed to help you connect with others who have similar goals, experiences, and challenges on the path to making peace with your gender, or your partner’s gender. This unique video support is accessible to trans-identified people and their partners, from anywhere on earth that you have an internet connection. No more worries about coming from a small town and having to drive three hours to the closest city to find a support group. The other unique part of this group is that we will gather as a large group to start the meeting, and then subgroups of people will be created to put you in smaller group settings where you can discuss the topics that are relevant to you. You can request a small group breakout, or you can join one of the breakout groups that are created based on the support group attendance.
Questions and Answers about the Trans Support Group Online
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN A SUPPORT MEETING?
The Trans Support Group Online will start with all participants in the same zoom.us video room (up to 50 videos can be online at one time, so we have room to grow!). This part of the meeting will be facilitated by Michele O’Mara, PhD. Based on the size and composition of the group, we will create breakout groups (separate private video meeting rooms that you will be grouped into based on your particular concerns, stage of transition, and preferences for discussion topics). Breakout groups are easily created with the zoom software.
If the group is divided into breakout groups, Dr. O’Mara will be available to move between the different groups for the duration of the scheduled meeting time. You will also have the option to continue in the Trans Support Group Online after the meeting official ends. (Think of this as hanging out, talking, after a meeting you’ve attended ends).
CAN I CANCEL THE MONTHLY PASS AT ANY TIME?
DO SPOUSES ATTEND THE SAME MEETINGS AS TRANS PEOPLE?
If two or more spouse/partner’s attend, we will create a breakout room for them to have their own support meeting. If only one spouse attends the Trans Support Group Online that spouse/partner will be provided a credit to attend a future meeting when more spouses are in attendance, unless there is a subgroup created that works for, or is requested by, those in attendance.
IS THIS CONSIDERED A THERAPY GROUP?
No. This is a unique hybrid group that is professionally-coordinated to facilitate a healthy, uplifting and supportive self-help experience. Because this is not therapy, insurance will not cover this.
WILL THIS COUNT TOWARD GETTING A LETTER OF REFERRAL FOR HRT OR GCS?
No. This does not constitute any part of an assessment and referral process as needed for HRT, surgeries, etc. This is expressly designed to offer you a safe place to share with, connect with, support and be supported by others going through what you are.
DO I GET CREDIT FOR MISSED MEETINGS ON THE MONTHLY PASS?
WHAT ARE THE MEETING DAYS AND TIMES?
|DAY||DATE||TIME of GROUP|
|Tuesday||27-Feb-18||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||07-Mar-18||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||14-Mar-18||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Tuesday||27-Mar-18||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||04-Apr-18||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||11-Apr-18||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||19-Apr-18||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||24-Apr-18||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||02-May-18||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||09-May-18||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||17-May-18||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||22-May-18||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||06-Jun-18||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||13-Jun-18||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||21-Jun-18||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||26-Jun-18||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||11-Jul-18||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||19-Jul-18||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||24-Jul-18||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||01-Aug-18||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||08-Aug-18||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||16-Aug-18||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||28-Aug-18||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||05-Sep-18||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||12-Sep-18||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||20-Sep-18||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||25-Sep-18||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||03-Oct-18||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||10-Oct-18||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||18-Oct-18||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||23-Oct-18||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||07-Nov-18||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||14-Nov-18||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||22-Nov-18||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||27-Nov-18||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||05-Dec-18||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||12-Dec-18||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||20-Dec-18||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||02-Jan-19||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||09-Jan-19||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||17-Jan-19||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||22-Jan-19||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||06-Feb-19||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||13-Feb-19||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||21-Feb-19||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||26-Feb-19||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||06-Mar-19||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||13-Mar-19||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||21-Mar-19||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||26-Mar-19||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||03-Apr-19||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||10-Apr-19||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||18-Apr-19||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||23-Apr-19||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||01-May-19||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||08-May-19||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||16-May-19||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||28-May-19||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||05-Jun-19||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||12-Jun-19||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||20-Jun-19||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||25-Jun-19||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||03-Jul-19||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||10-Jul-19||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||18-Jul-19||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||23-Jul-19||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||07-Aug-19||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||14-Aug-19||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||22-Aug-19||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||27-Aug-19||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||04-Sep-19||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||11-Sep-19||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||19-Sep-19||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
|Tuesday||24-Sep-19||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Wednesday||02-Oct-19||9:30am -10:30am EST|
|Wednesday||09-Oct-19||5:30pm – 6:30pm EST|
|Thursday||17-Oct-19||9:00pm -10:00pm EST|
Everyone, no matter how rurally-located, can now get quality support and connection to others who are experiencing what you are. If you have a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer with an internet connection, you can access these meetings no matter where you live.
In an effort to meet the various needs of folks, we will start each meeting as a large group and then divide into smaller breakout groups based on the participant needs. We can divide by gender orientation, pre or post surgery, as well as a sub-group for spouses and partners. Because we can break-out into sub-groups, my hope is to better meet the specific needs of everyone affected by the gender issues involved.
TIME ZONE FRIENDLY
Meetings have been scheduled to repeat each week of the month as follows:
1st Wednesdays: 9:30am -10:30am EST
2nd Wednesdays: 5:30pm – 6:30pm EST
3rd Thursdays: 9:00pm -10:00pm EST
4th Tuesdays: 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST
* No meeting 4th Thur, 3/22