Many Transgender people feel isolated until they find a way to connect with other Transgender folks. Life becomes a whole lot easier once this connection is made.
There have been many Transgender peer support groups started and many have failed for various reasons. Some groups have failed due to poor communication, lack of an experienced facilitator, a lack of boundaries between participants, and frequently a lack of empathy towards others' issues.
Successful peer support groups prosper and grow with patience, understanding and empathy. If the Transgender peer support group is functional and balanced and not driven by personal agendas, new participants will join.
On a side note, the following article contains some questionable statistics. The writter references the United States Census as providing the number of LGBTQ people living in the Portland, Oragon area. In the past, The U.S. Census has not reported such statistics on sexual orientation or gender identity. The 2010 Census will be the first to recognize same sex households.
Fledgling transgender student group
Friday, February 26, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 2/26/2010 10:08:00 AM