We hold two meetings a month in London, one in Battersea and one in King's Cross. If you're interested in attending a meeting, just contact us.
Garry, Jackie, Mary and Hatta - Families Together London members
Those who come to our meetings include people from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and religious beliefs. Most of those who come are parents, but we also see grandparents, siblings and friends.
A major resource in the group is the number of parents who, whatever journey they have made, are incredibly proud of their sons and daughters. Many come to meetings in order to help other parents. Others contribute by campaigning in support of LGBT people generally.
Some parents come by themselves, but many couples attend together. There are regular attenders, whilst others only come to meetings occasionally.
We also hold an annual celebratory fundraising lunch - why not flick through some photos from our November 2012 lunch below...
It is understandable for newcomers to feel anxious about coming to their first meeting, but there is a warm welcome for new parents. We allow plenty of time for listening to people when they come for the first time, although no-one has to talk unless they want to.
Battersea Venue: meetings are on the second Saturday of every month from 12.00pm to 3.30pm. Lunch is provided and there is easy parking.
At the Battersea venue we ask for a voluntary contribution of £5.00 towards the cost of hiring the hall and providing lunch.
King's Cross Venue: meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Drinks are available at a small charge, and there are shops nearby for those who need to buy a snack. There is easy access by bus or train. Parking is available after 6.30pm.
There is wheelchair access at both venues.
Each session is divided into structured meeting time and informal chat, which at the Battersea venue would be over lunch. The structured meeting time will include: listening to new members, an update on everyone's personal news and feedback from conferences or meetings that some members will have attended.We talk about a whole range of issues. We regularly discuss our own feelings, how other family members are coping, whether and how to tell other family members, such as grandparents.
For those who cannot come to meetings, we try to keep in touch by visiting each other or meeting up on other days of the week.
At the Battersea venue, where meetings are longer, a speaker is occasionally invited to meetings. Speakers have included:
The benefits for us:
For parents who are upset and unhappy about their child's gender identity or sexual orientation, FTL offers:
For parents who have concerns about their LGBT sons' or daughters' well-being, FTL offers:
Knowing that their parents are seeking support and help can be a great relief to a son or daughter, who may feel guilty at the impact their news has had on their parents' lives.
LGBT sons and daughters appreciate their parents' efforts to adapt and adjust and most are pleased that their parents are not only seeking help and support, but also becoming more informed about the issues they face.
Read the views of one daughter here.
If you're interested in attending a meeting, contact Hatta or Joanne.
Hatta's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call her on
Joanne's email is email@example.com, or you can call her on 07747 768363 (11.00am to 9.00pm only).
You can find all our contact details by clicking here.
In addition to our meetings, we also march at Pride every July and hold a celebratory fundraising lunch every November. Why not have a flick through photos of our November 2012 fundraising lunch in the slideshow towards the top of the page.
We find that parents' views change as a result of coming to meetings, talking and working together. For more about this, click here:
For parents who wish to take part in activities to support other parents, or to support the LGBT community, FTL offers encouragement to:
FFLAG (Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays) is the national organisation for parents of LGBT people. FTL members represent FFLAG at the following events:
The steering commmittee comprises those who attend group meetings but also wish to take part in the extended work of Families Together London.
Families Together London is entirely self-funded. Donations may be given to Mary at meetings. Alternatively, anyone wishing to make a donation to Families Together London should post a cheque to:
Families Together London
c/o LGBT Consortium
B303 Tower Bridge Business Complex
Clements Road London SE16 4DG