What do you think of support groups for trans* individuals?

Boyqueen Boyqueen
Would you join one? Do you think they're more beneficial at specific times during transition (pre, post, etc)?
07/23/2012
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Irl, I think they're helpful at all points and people tend to be more polite offline than on. I wish I could find another one close to me.
Online, ehhhh... I've given up on them.
07/23/2012
Peggi Peggi
I run two online and attend and help run one IRL. I am a cis-female but I think the majority of my friends are probably trans, so for about a year and a half I've been doing it.

I think it's been VERY helpful. The online groups have helped a lot of men and women connect and feel like they always have friends to talk to (some of them don't have many friends who accept them offline) and I deal a lot with crisis prevention. We also help trans brothers and sisters in need if they have financial issues or need donations such as clothing, unused makeup, household items, you name it!
07/23/2012
britanny0620 britanny0620
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Originally posted by Boyqueen
Would you join one? Do you think they're more beneficial at specific times during transition (pre, post, etc)?
I think they'd be beneficial at all points during transition, and I would DEFINITELY join one - for the support of others though. I'm pretty comfortable in myself, but then again... being genderqueer and not feeling the need to undergo surgery is a lot different than what a lot of people go through.
07/23/2012
thisisadeletedaccount thisisadeletedaccount
I'm in a club on my college campus for trans*, genderqueer, and gender questioning folks. I love it, it's been a wonderful way to make friends and build a supportive community for a variety of folks who aren't tightly in sync with traditional gender expectations. I feel like it helps everyone in the club in a different way.
07/24/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by Boyqueen
Would you join one? Do you think they're more beneficial at specific times during transition (pre, post, etc)?
Well if the person needed support, then it surely couldn't hurt. I wouldn't think it'd hurt anyway. I think support groups are helpful in all kinds of problems. I haven't ever joined a support group except for communicating with a tiny rape group once in a blue moon. I find it helpful, but of course being raped is different kind of situation. I think the most helpful thing was really doing certain things that gave me back control. Still a struggle, but for anyone who's feeling down, support from anyone whether it's a group of strangers who know what you're dealing with or a concerned partner/loved one, it would be somewhat beneficial if even just to share.
07/24/2012
sodapin sodapin
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Originally posted by Boyqueen
Would you join one? Do you think they're more beneficial at specific times during transition (pre, post, etc)?
I personally wouldn't go to any irl, but I've been to a few online they've helped at times, but not always.
07/24/2012
hanjonatan hanjonatan
i've never attended one. i can see how they'd be useful, and i might go if there were any in my area. i wouldn't want to go to one that let cis people into meetings, though.
07/24/2012
nori nori
Ifeel like they're with any support groups. some people can benefit, and need them. others don't.
07/24/2012
pestilence pestilence
I'm in one in meatspace, and I'm finding it really useful for finding local resources and learning the workings of the local legal system in regards to transitioning, but although I like the people there I probably won't stay once I'm done with physical transitioning. I know of enough online groups & resources that I don't really need the group for emotional support or anything like that.
07/25/2012
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