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What Are the Barriers to Change?
Thursday 22 January 2015, 08:00pm - 09:45pm

Support Group Meeting for Gay Fathers

Feel alone? Isolated? Uncertain about the word gay? Newcomers often feel alone, like an outsider, or not certain if the Gay Fathers is the right place for them. Maybe this is your first contact with the 'gay community'. We've all been there. No one needs to remain alone.

That first meeting is a big step. The future may seem uncertain, stressful, scary, even spinning out of control. Yet, that first step may also hold the hope of a revitalized future, of personal growth, of hoped-for love, and of a new-found self-confidence. It may also mean family adjustments.

We won't advise. We will share our experiences, listen to yours, and support you in the path that suits you and your situation. We demand only a mutual respect for the differences and similarities of every man's situation and experience, his personal boundaries and privacy

Tonight's Topic: What Are the Barriers to Change?

Life is about change, and the years immediately after coming out frequently are characterized by change... lots of change.

We explore types of relationships, change hobbies or pastimes, and discover new interests. It may involve change of lifestyle, of love interest, of self-esteem, in family configuration, of friends and friendship, of residence, and more. For many people change is thrilling, but too much change or rapid change may be daunting, even terrifying.

Even if you are the type of person excited by change, from time to time everyone resists change for a while or a particular change. How do we discover when we are "stuck" and then what do we do about it? What clues signal reluctance – even resistance – to change? Then how do we overcome that barrier? Indeed, are we obliged to embrace every change?

Discussion Facilitator: John J    *Second Facilitator: Danny M

*When two or more facilitators are usually present, the Second Facilitator will be happy to talk privately if you prefer.*

Getting there

The 519 Church St Community Centre, Room 304

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Gay Fathers of Toronto is operated by and for gay dads. As a peer-support group, it is self-supporting and receives no financial assistance. It has no political or religious affiliation. All fathers, step-fathers, and their same-sex partners are welcome. Facilitators are trained to lead meetings; they are not professional coaches or counsellors.

You are our guest at your first meeting. Thereafter, we ask everyone to contribute $5 per meeting to cover website and other incidental expenses. If $5 is a financial burden or is the reason for staying away, please contact a Facilitator in person or email a private message to the Facilitator We are here to support, not to inhibit or embarrass.

Meeting expectations

We talk about our own experience. We do not advise or challenge. Gay Fathers of Toronto has a Code of Mutual Respect. Ask a Facilitator if you would like to read it. Predatory or intimidating behaviour will not be tolerated.

Please tell us about anything that upsets or offends. Email This e-mail is private and confidential.

Location The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Room 304
Check The 519 Front Desk Notice Board on the scheduled evening for last minute room changes.
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