Youth & Family


Our Circle

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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Our Space – Encinitas

Come meet up with other LGBTQ and Allied youth in a safe and friendly atmosphere.This social/support group takes place in the Encinitas Library.
Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30.
540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. 760-753-7376.




Our Mission at PFLAG is to promote 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.

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.


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Meets on the first Monday of every month from 7:00-9:00 PM.

Valuing Our Families

Support Group for Parents and Family Members of “Gender Non-Conforming Children”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 Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM.