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OK2BME’s Gender Journeys

OK2BME’s Gender Journeys is a group for gender diverse youth ages 12-17 who are interested in better understanding their gender or gender transition.

OK2BME’s Gender Journeys

OK2BME’s Gender Journeys is a psychoeducational group specifically designed to support gender diverse youth in Waterloo Region.

The Fall 2024 session of Gender Journeys meets Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30pm beginning October 2, 2024.

There are 10 weekly sessions.

Sessions take place at Camino Wellbeing + Mental Health, 480 Charles St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 4K5

Topics may include:

  • Understanding gender and exploring your own identity
  • Coming out and navigating family dynamics
  • Navigating medical and legal transition
  • Dealing with transphobia and discrimination
  • Gender Dysphoria and Euphoria
  • Sexual health and romantic relationships

The sessions are confidential and run by trained staff. A certificate of completion is provided.

Requirements for Participation:

  • Trans, non-binary, or otherwise gender diverse, or are questioning your gender identity
  • Ages 12-17
  • Commit to attending all sessions

Please note:

There is no expectation for participation that you experience gender dysphoria or want to transition in any way.

Participants (age 12 and up) do not need parental consent to participate.

If you are a guardian interested in this group for your child, please ensure that your child understands and is enthusiastic about the group before having them complete the application.

This group is only able to accommodate 12 participants. All applicants will be added to a waitlist for consideration for future groups. Applicants selected to participate in upcoming OK2BME Gender Journeys will be notified by email prior to the start date.

Information will be provided here soon about the Fall 2024 session of Gender Journeys.

Please register here.

Download the group flyer here

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About Gender Journeys

The first Gender Journeys Group was developed in 2005 by the Sherbourne Health Centre, in Toronto, Ontario to help support people in the early stages of transition. The group provided a space for trans people to connect, explore the social, emotional, and physical aspects of gender transition, and benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience. Each Gender Journeys Group is unique to the communities they serve but all provide an opportunity for learning and improving participants’ resilience and ability to feel secure in their identities.

Reference: Russell, H., and Doctor, F. (2008) Gender Journeys: Supporting Trans People through Group Work, Toronto: Sherbourne Health Centre