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Topic: Avoiding Groups
Thursday 09 August 2018, 08:00pm - 09:45pm

Tonight's Topic:    Being a Gay Father, Groups can be Scary 

Parents often make bonds with other parents; through children’s activities, or maybe school friends.  Some of these groups develop into social “cliques.” As gay fathers we may have avoided these groups, or were excluded from them as a result of moves from a neighbourhood or issues with spousal splits.  Think about the times you may have been at your child’s events, and you felt like you didn’t quite fit into the conversation. Gay fathers often find themselves feeling like outsiders in many group situations. Tonight we look at how those feelings may have affected our ability to develop relationships with other parents and people.  We will look at how to build a comfort level in groups, because no matter how old your children are, you will always be their dad, and you will always find yourself a part of a group when around families and friends of your children.

Lead Facilitator: Bob R  *Second Facilitator: Daniel 

*When two or more facilitators are present, the Second Facilitator is able to discuss matters privately if needed.*

If this is your First first Gay Fathers meeting:  

  • Remember, this is a BIG step for you!  You may have lots of questions: Who will be there? What is this about?  What would I expect? This is how most of us felt arriving at our first Gay Fathers meeting; we’ve been there.
  • Do let one of the facilitators know that this is your first meeting.  
  • You do NOT have to participate, you are welcome to sit and listen, and if/when you are ready to join in the discussion go ahead, if asked to, you are always welcome to say, “I prefer to just listen tonight,” and this will be respected.
  • Gay Fathers of Toronto does not advise what to do; we encourage every man to find the path best suited for him and his situation.

Getting there:

  • All meetings are held at The 519 Church St Community Centre (519 Church Street, Toronto, ON) , Room 304 (check the notice board upon arrival in case there has been a room change)   
  • Map to 519 ►[Opens new window]◄

General Information:

  • 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 attending man is asked to contribute $5 at each meeting to defray the costs of meeting space/website/etc (unless it is your first meeting, then it is free).
  • If $5 is a financial burden and is preventing you from attending, contact or email privately ( We are here to support, not to inhibit or to embarrass.
  • 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.
  • 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 ( 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 any last minute room changes.

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