Mermaids is a support group for gender variant children and teenagers, and their families.
Mermaids is a support group originally formed in 1995 by a group of parents who were brought together as a result of their children's longstanding Gender Identity Issues.
We have supported each other and our children through the difficulties and trauma that gender issues commonly bring to families.
We identified a need to form a support group to help other families, children, and teenagers in similar situations.
Our membership has grown, and we now have a number of new parents, plus young transmen and transwoman on our committee. Over the years we have built up alliances with other organisations across the UK, and in some cases internationally, to try to support, educate, and alleviate suffering.
We offer information, support, friendship and shared experiences. We give support for individual young people, with or without support from their families, whether they are out or not We will try, where possible, to help their families understand and accept their child's gender identity issue. We will also offer our help to family members, professionals and others who are worried about a child or young person. We will offer our support via telephone, email and snail mail.
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