Positive Progressions Transgender Community

This is a peer led support group for Transgender individuals and their Allies. We meet to offer each other knowledge, comfort, and strength.

Meetings are the second Sunday of every month from 3pm -5pm at the Mansfield Gay Pride Associations offices at 445 Bowman Str, Mansfield, OH, room 307

 

Positive Progression’s mission is to enhance and make better the lives of Transgender individuals and their Allies through, support, education, advocacy, and information.

Positive Progressions purpose is to enhance, make better the quality of life for the Transgender individual, Allies, and the community. We accomplish this through education, advocacy, support, and information.

The Butterfly represents the beauty and possibility of change through metamorphosis. As the caterpillar is not born as it will live neither are we.

There are many events through Mansfield Gay Pride Association for you to join! For a full list go to https://www.mansfieldgayprideassociation.org/

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2 years ago, my child came to me, with this look of fear in his eyes, and said mom I need to tell you something. I am transgender. Oh, those eyes, those beautiful and scared blue eyes. I stood there for a moment processing what had just come out of my child's mouth, unsure how to act, not sure what to say, or even how to feel. All I knew was that in front of me as a child begging me to hear him, to understand what he was saying. I asked a thousand stupid questions. They weren't stupid to me at the time but thinking back I realize how crazy I must have sounded, how unsupported my child must have felt in that moment. I asked him about 300 times, are you sure, seriously 300 times or MORE. Not because I refused to believe, not because I didn't support him, but because I was lost as to what that even meant. Simply put, my girl - - was a boy! He talked, his dad and I talked, we sought out information on the web, to understand what this meant, what he was going through. This was all brand new to me. I searched everywhere including Facebook, which I found a ton of great information, and this group Positive Progressions. I reached out to ask questions, to try to get information from someone on the group and what it was about, and this amazing, person, this woman who didn't know me at all, welcomed me, so openly and talked to me about any questions or concerns I had. It was a while after all of this, that my son and I ended up going to the group, I am so very glad that we did. It’s really hard into put what this group has meant to us into words, but I am going to try! What we found was more than friends it was a family, it was people who accepted my son, and me into their room, into their hearts, and into their group. Kelli, the leader of this group, I have reached out to even when not in group, just for a friend, for an ear, for some guidance, when I am scared, angry or when we my son came out to family, and that went really bad, Kelli was there, to listen. The whole group has such amazing people, that get together every month, and just support each other! It is refreshing in such a small town, to know that my son and I have this group to look forward to, to get together and talk about our highs and lows, to share victories, to lean on each other for support. I am sure I could do this alone but having these amazing people on my side sure makes it a lot easier. My child and I look forward to going to this group every month!! If you are looking for people, who will be there to listen, to support, to love you unconditionally, reach out, you won’t be sorry.

Mother of Transgender son

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