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
The euphoria has waned, the reality has set in. You find yourself at home: kids are not home at the moment; you realize it is very quiet -- and you are not used to it. Most of us have experienced this feeling, and at one level you are ecstatic; the other you is not so sure. This is not what you had envisioned, not the plan, this isn’t where you thought you would be at this point in your life. But yet, here you are. Tonight’s discussion is a way to talk with others about being by yourself, and how to use it to as a plus and not be a downer.
Discussion Facilitator: Bob R *Second Facilitator: Paul C
*When two or more facilitators are usually present, the Second Facilitator will be happy to talk privately if you prefer.*
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to support, not to inhibit or embarrass.
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 email@example.com. This e-mail is private and confidential.