Welcome to NZ Parents and Guardians of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children
Our group includes approximately 560 parents (as at October 2020), caregivers, and guardians of all ages, ethnicities, personal, and professional backgrounds. Our children range in age, at time of joining, from two years old to adults in their 30s.
We use ‘transgender’ and ‘gender diverse’ as umbrella terms representing people whose gender identity does not match their sex assigned at birth, acknowledging that some of our children, and people like them, may choose these terms, or others, to describe themselves. Some of our children are exploring their gender identity. We recognize a difference between this and gender expression – identity is about an inner sense of being, while expression focuses on outward appearances and perceptions.
Through our group we facilitate families’ access to good quality information, research, contacts for support services, and provide peer support. We also advocate for our families, and whanau, and our children where necessary, and we work to ensure that organisations that affect the lives of our children have policies that are affirming of their gender identity.
What unites us is a desire to do our best to support our children in their life journey, to support their natural development, and to ensure that their health, wellbeing, and quality of life are maximized.