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How Does the Past Shape the Future
Thursday 26 February 2015, 08:00pm - 09:45pm
Contact admin@gayfathers-toronto.com

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: How Does the Past Shape the Future?

  Coming Out - Part 1

After a divorce some people seem to re-marry the same kind of person they divorced. Sometimes that happens even when the gender changes. Why? After years hidden deeply in that closet, are you ready to take on a new public persona? Sometimes it seems we are the last person to discover our sexual orientation. If other people saw through our charade, why the is it so hard to come out? Do the opinions others have of us really control how we choose to live, or are we limiting ourselves because WE cannot accept the label "gay"? Why is that such a pejorative word?

Perhaps it is true that we had to live the life we have lived in order to be the person we are today. So what does that tell us today about the person we will become?

Discussion Facilitator: Jim McK    *Second Facilitator: John J

*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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General

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 admin@gayfathers-toronto.com. 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 admin@gayfathers-toronto.com. 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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