Are you trans or gender non-conforming? Are you in an intimate relationship with someone who is non-trans? Do they need or want support to understand your gender identity, affirmation process or transition? Fenway Health is offering a drop-in group open to anyone 18 years or older who identifies as non-transgender and is in any kind of intimate relationship with a trans-identified or gender non-conforming person. This can mean someone your feeling things out with, a sexual or dating relationship, long-term or short-term relationship, and open or monogamous.
The group provides a confidential space for non-trans people in intimate relationships with trans and gender non-conforming people to share thoughts, feelings, fears, or questions. The group’s goal is to build a sense of belonging and community, and forge connections and a reliable support network.
The group will meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30pm at 1340 Boylston Street, 9th floor. The group is drop-in, free and confidential, come when is convenient!
“It’s often that non-transgender people who are supporting the people they’re in a relationship with who are going through a gender transition, are dealing with their own emotions and reactions around the changes that are happening in their relationship and around their own sense of who they are,” said Sarah Eley, group facilitator. “The experience, for some, can feel lonely and isolating.”
The opportunity to meet and interact with other people in similar situations has the potential to positively impact both the individuals and their relationships, she added.
“For some non-trans people, it is helpful to have a space to be able to share questions, thoughts, feelings, and worries, away from the trans and gender non-conforming people they are in relationships with,” Eley explained. “Taking part in a confidential group where there is guided support and where those in relationships with trans and gender non-conforming people can share experiences and strategize around them can help build connections, a sense of community, and take away some of the feelings of isolation and loneliness. It can also help people become a better support for the person they’re in a relationship with, because some of the burden has been lifted by feeling less alone.”
A phone RSVP is encouraged. If you’re interested in joining or would like more information, please call Sarah Eley, LICSW at 857.313.6551 or email Seley@fenwayhealth.org.
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