Tonight's Topic: Taking off the Water wings: Coming out in “other” areas of your life
NOTE: We are NOT in our Regular Room. Check board when coming in, we are likely in Room 204 for this meeting!
As we emerge and accept the label of “gay dad”, we are often confronted with: how far out should we be? Where on the path are you with being out? What scares you about being out in different situations? Accepting yourself is different than being out at home, work, life, or public. We may omit certain parts of our language when in conversations, or not talk at all in different groups. Tonight, we discuss why certain situations are barriers to being out, and how we can plan to get past this. We live mostly out of the closet, even though it can be more comfortable to retreat inside it. Bring your concerns, or bring your solutions; and plan to have a discussion about being a proud GAY FATHER in all situations.
Discussion Facilitator: Daniel *Second Facilitator: Chris
*When two or more facilitators are usually present, the Second Facilitator will be happy to talk privately if you prefer.*
Support Group Meeting for Gay Fathers:
The first Gay Fathers meeting is a big step. Who will be there? What is this about? If this describes you, then relax, you are like the vast majority of men at their first Gay Fathers meeting. Do let someone know if this is your first meeting. Then sit back and join in the discussion when ready. If asked, answering with "I prefer to listen, tonight" will be respected.
We discuss many topics related to our experiences -- past and present -- about being attracted to men and being a father, and we encourage every man to participate. However, Gay Fathers of Toronto will not advise. We encourage every man to find the path best suited for him and his situation.
The 519 Church St Community Centre, Room 204 Map to 519 ►[Opens new window]◄
Gay Fathers of Toronto is independent and is not financially supported or sponsored by any organization or group. Self-supported since it first met in 1978, every man is asked to contribute $5 at each meeting to defray the costs of meeting space, the website, etc. however at your first meeting, you are our guest. If $5 is a financial burden and is the reason for not coming, please contact or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)privately. We are here to support, not to inhibit or to embarrass.
Expectations at meetings:
Meeting leaders are gay fathers and volunteers. Please note, they are trained to facilitate discussions; they are not life coaches, marriage counsellors, psychologists, or lawyers. They cannot give advice. Gay Fathers encourages all men to seek out professional assistance where it may be needed.
Mutual respect is expected. 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. Talk to a Facilitator or email us confidentially (email@example.com) about anything that offends or concerns you.