Meetings

 

Monthly Support Group Meetings

In the past, Louisville Trans Men has met on the second Monday of every month. Over the  course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have met off-and-on remotely via Zoom.

At this time, the LTM committee is reevaluating our stance around meeting in person and creating safety protocol to implement. We hope to resume in person meetings around the first of the year. (January 2022)

Please visit our contact page if you would like to stay connected and/or become a member of the private LTM Chat Facebook group.

Location

For member safety, our meeting location is confidential.

If you are interested in joining our group, please contact us by email, phone or through our Facebook page.

What to Expect

The purpose of our group is to provide a safe, open, and non-judgmental environment to discuss identifying as a trans person and its impact on our lives. Our monthly meetings open with a reading of the Confidentiality and Limits statement. This is followed by a topic discussion (health, relationships, resources, etc.), and close with open discussion and support time. Occasionally, we host a game night or other activity instead of having a discussion.

Confidentiality and Limits

The success of our Group depends on our commitment to confidentiality. All people who attend our meetings are asked to adhere to the following Confidentiality and Limits statement. 

Confidentiality is the anchor of mutual support. By creating and maintaining trust we can share, support and connect more deeply. In order for this Group to grow and thrive, confidentiality must be established and agreed to by all members.

By participating in this group, you are agreeing to not discuss with other people (such as family, friends, neighbors, etc.) any information obtained in conversation with the Group and/or its Members. This agreement extends to any interactions through our group’s Facebook page. Additionally, we do not publicly disclose our meeting location. 

Confidentiality extends not only for the duration of the time you are in the Group, but also continues indefinitely once your membership with the Group has ended.

Please be mindful that some members of this group might not be out as a trans identified person. If you see a group member in public, please be mindful of the context in which you are seeing them and respect their privacy. Simply approaching a group member who is not out and/or with other people can cause them a high degree of stress and anxiety.

You should also understand that breaking confidentiality could result in the termination of your membership in the Group.

There are two legal exceptions to confidentiality that you should know about:

1. Incidents of child abuse; and 2. If someone declares a plan to harm themselves or another person.

Both of these require appropriate authorities being contacted for assistance.

The purpose of the meetings is to provide support and information to people who identify as trans. The meetings may be therapeutic in nature, but the group is not intended to serve as a substitute for therapy. While people may share their opinions, no one is dispensing medical advice. The group is never to have a medical or professional function.