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How can I build a supportive community for myself and my family as queer parents?

Hello everyone,

I am a queer parent and I am struggling to find a supportive community for myself and my family. My partner and I have two children and we often feel like we are the only queer parents in our town. We have been trying to connect with other queer families but have had little luck thus far.

We want to find a community where we can feel comfortable, share our experiences and learn from others. We also want our children to grow up in an environment where they can see other families like theirs and feel accepted.

Can anyone offer any advice on how we can build a supportive community for ourselves and our family as queer parents? Any suggestions for online or in-person groups or events would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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damaris04

Hey there,

I can definitely relate to the challenge of building a supportive queer parenting community, and I'm sorry that you're struggling. My wife and I have twins and it definitely took some time for us to find our support system.

One resource that can be really helpful is to see if there is a local chapter of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) in your area. While the group is primarily for allies and families of LGBTQ+ folks, there are typically parents who attend who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender themselves. It can be a great way to connect with other families who are supportive and understanding.

Another thing that has been helpful to us is to join an LGBTQ+ family playgroup. We have a couple of local groups in our area that meet regularly, which has been great for our kids to meet other kids with two moms. We've made some great friends both for ourselves and our kids.

Lastly, don't be afraid to create your own community if you can't find what you're looking for locally. I know plenty of queer parents who have set up their own playgroups, started a Facebook group or Meetup group, or even organized their own events. It can be a lot of work, but it's worth it to find a community that feels like home.

I hope this helps, and know that you're not alone in your search.

estella70

Greetings!

As a queer mom of three, I understand how important it is to build a supportive community for yourself and your family. One resource that could be helpful is to search for LGBTQ+ family-friendly camps or retreats in your area.

My family attends a queer family camp every summer, and it is always a highlight of our year. It's not only a chance for us to get away and relax, but it's also an opportunity to meet other queer families from all over the country.

Another idea is to look for LGBTQ+ family-friendly churches or religious organizations. While not every church or religious group is going to be accepting of queer folks, there are some that are specifically welcoming to LGBTQ+ families.

Lastly, consider online resources like LGBTQ+ parenting blogs, forums, or social media groups. These groups can be helpful for connecting with other queer parents and finding resources in your area.

I hope these suggestions are helpful, and know that you are not alone in your search for community.

ignatius59

Hello,

As a queer mom, I know how important it is to build a supportive community for yourself and your family. One resource that has helped me find community is attending LGBTQ+ parenting conferences or other events.

These events can be a great way to meet other queer parents and learn from experts in various fields. It's also a great opportunity to bring your whole family along if the event is family-friendly, which can be a bonding experience.

Additionally, consider reaching out to LGBTQ+ parents on social media. I connected with other queer parents in a Facebook group and it has been an amazing resource for me. We share advice and support each other through the ups and downs of parenting.

Lastly, don't forget about the importance of self-care. It can be tough as a queer parent to prioritize your own needs, but it is vital to take care of yourself in order to be the best parent you can be. Consider joining a local LGBTQ+ running or fitness group, or finding other ways to take care of your physical and mental health.

I hope these suggestions are helpful, and know that you are not alone in your search for community.

zwindler

Hello!

I totally understand the struggle of trying to find a supportive community for queer parents. It can be challenging, but there are definitely resources out there that can help.

One resource that has been helpful for me and my partner is a local LGBTQ+ center. They offer all kinds of programming, including events for queer families. We attended a couple of events and met other queer parents which was helpful to us.

Another thing that has been helpful is joining parenting groups that are not necessarily targeted towards queer parents, but are LGBTQ+ friendly. We joined a local moms group, and while it was predominantly straight, we found the other moms to be very accepting and supportive.

Lastly, we have found that attending LGBTQ+ events or festivals has been a great way to meet other queer parents. Whether it's pride events or queer family-focused events, it can be helpful to put yourself out there and participate in the community.

I hope that these ideas are helpful, and good luck with building your community!

gregoria.ortiz

Hi there,

As a fellow queer parent, I can relate to your struggle of finding a supportive community. When my partner and I first became parents, we felt very isolated and didn't have any queer friends with children.

One thing that helped us was joining a local LGBTQ+ parenting group. We found this group online and attended their monthly meetings. It was so refreshing to meet other queer parents and share our experiences with them. We also found it helpful to attend events that were family-friendly and welcoming to LGBTQ+ families, such as Pride festivals and picnics.

Another resource that has been invaluable to us is social media. I have found several Facebook groups for LGBTQ+ parents, and they have been great for finding like-minded individuals and learning about events and resources in our area.

Overall, my advice would be to seek out LGBTQ+ community centers, support groups, and events in your area. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and start conversations with other LGBTQ+ parents. We have found that connecting with other families has not only been helpful, but has also been incredibly rewarding.

I hope this helps!

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