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Home For the Holidays (Or Not!)
Thursday 10 December 2015, 08:00pm - 09:45pm
Contact info@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: Home for the Holidays (Maybe Not)

Regardless of one's background or religious, it's hard not to notice the incessant Christmas carols, extravagant decorations, special concerts, and Santa Claus. At some level, everyone in Canada observes Christmas, but if Christmas has been a central part of your holiday season traditions, your first Christmas as a separated or divorced father can be a very challenging time. Some men decide to maintain a Christmas-as-usual by staying with their kids and their ex-wives for the holidays. Others invent new traditions and possibly observed with a newly defined family. Some travel to holiday retreats and others are alone.

What are your plans for the holidays this year? Are you ready for the holiday season on your terms?

Discussion Facilitator: Bob R   *Second Facilitator: John StJ

*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

Directions to 519 ►[Opens new window]◄

General:

Gay Fathers of Toronto is operated by and for gay dads. All fathers, step-fathers, their same-sex partners, and all gay/bi men in a fathering role are welcome at a GFT meeting. It is an independent, peer support group that is run and governed by gay fathers. It has no political, corporate, or religious affiliation and receives no outside financial assistance. We ask each person to contribute $5 per meeting to cover website and other incidental expenses.

At your first meeting, though, you are our guest. 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 lead Facilitator (info@gayfathers-toronto.com)We are here to support, not to inhibit or embarrass.

What happens at support meetings?

Meeting leaders are trained to facilitate discussions at support meetings; they are not professional life coaches, marriage counsellors, or psychologists.We talk about our own experience. We do not advise or challenge.

Predatory or intimidating behaviour will not be tolerated. Gay Fathers of Toronto has a Code of Mutual Respect. Ask a Facilitator to browse a copy of it if you want more information about it. Talk to a Facilitator or email us confidentially (info@gayfathers-toronto.com) about anything that offends or concerns you. 

 

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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