The Resource Center is proud to host and sponsor many social, discussion, and support groups for the youth and family. If you are looking to socialize, discuss various topics and issues, or seek support, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center has something for you.
Below is a list of the various youth and family groups offered at the Resource Center. All events and groups take place at the Resource Center and are free unless otherwise noted. Please contact us at 760-994-1690 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
This group is for children under the age of 14 who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or who display gender variability. The group offers a safe and accepting environment for children to be as they are for socializing, learning, and support. Parents are also invited to gather in a separate group for education, sharing, socializing, and support. This group is facilitated by Flo Essling a Family Therapist.
Meets on the first and third Thursday of every month from 4:00-6:00 PM.
Nicole Kent has been facilitating the Our Circle social support group for approximately 11 years. The group is a safe haven for all of North County’s young LGBTQI community. The group is free to attend and open to ages 15-24. Our Circle meets every Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM.
Our Circle is not a therapy group. It is a friendly and casual gathering that allows members to share the highs and lows of their lives. Nicole is present to provide support, answer questions, and to assist members with connecting to other support services if necessary.
Nicole’s hope is to expand Our Circle to provide services to younger LGBTQI children and their families. She also hopes to raise money to fund more outings and activities for the group.
Nicole Kent has a PhD in clinical psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has a private practice in the village in Carlsbad. Her practice specializes in trauma, abuse, relationships, and, of course, LGBT concerns. Nicole lives with her wife of 12 years and their two daughters in Oceanside. She loves to do art, workout, play scrabble, and to play magic fairy princess with her daughters (she is usually cast as the witch).
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We, the parents, families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, celebrate diversity and envision a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Only with respect, dignity and equality for all will we reach our full potential as human beings, individually and collectively. PFLAG welcomes the participation and support of all who share in, and hope to realize this vision.
Our Mission at PFLAG is topromote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
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Meets on the first Monday of every month from 7:00-9:00 PM.
Valuing Our Families
The parents of gender non-conforming children support group is a place to meet other parents/family members who support their child, however they are going thru the grief/loss process while trying to accept/understand their child’s transition. Have you asked yourself these questions? How do I grieve the loss of a child who is still alive? How do I mourn the loss of my son while at the same time, try to accept my new daughter (male to female transgender)? Or vice versa, how do I say goodbye to my daughter and welcome my new son (female to male transgender)? What if my child is somewhere in between (gender neutral)? If I choose to support my child, where do I start? What does transgender, gender non-conforming, etc.. mean? What is hormone therapy? How do I go about finding the right specialists ( doctors, therapists, etc)? What if my child wants surgery? What is my child is being teased, bullied, threatened? What about bathrooms, changing rooms? What are people going to think? What do I do if my child is self-harming (cutting, burning, suicidal, eating disorder, etc)? What if no one else in my family knows or is not supportive? If you have asked or thought about any of the above questions then this group is for you!
Parents: You are not alone in this world! There are many of us out there asking these same questions. We need support just like our children need support. Do not suffer with grief and loss in silence. Come to our group where you will find open minded individuals needing support just like you do. We do not know all the answers and it not easy to be us, but we do know that by supporting each other thru this process definitely helps us and our children cope with transition.
Questions? Call Michell Powers, group facilitator @ 760-390-8096, anytime.
Meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 PM.