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For nearly 40 years, PEPS has been providing opportunities for new parents to build community and find support through programs and events. Families have shared their highs and lows of parenting and have connected during their many weeks together and sometimes, beyond that!

Many families have expressed to us a desire to meet and connect with families who share identities that intersect with their identity as parents and caregivers. We have been listening and recognize the need for this form of connection.

Since November 2020, PEPS has been offering an online peer-support series for LGBTQIA+ families. This is a 12-week series designed specifically for local parents and caregivers who identify as LGBTQIA+, caring for children ages 0-12 months, to build community and find support. Each week, there will be a discussion topic facilitated by a PEPS Group Leader trained in inclusive facilitation and time for socializing and connection.

Shinah Lee and Natalie Gualy, LGBTQIA+ Affinity Program participants, holding their baby Carmen outside in the snow.

Shinah L. and Natalie G., LGBTQIA+ Affinity Program participants, holding their baby Carmen outside in the snow.

“Meeting other parents who share the same affinity was important to us because it helped normalize our family structure and it also helped Carmen see … that there's all different types of families made of all different types of parent structures and family structures.”

— Natalie G.

Program Details

Who: This virtual gathering is open to solo parents and caregivers, couples, co-parents, and polyamorous families with children aged 0-12 months, living in our service region. Children are welcome!

What: A peer-support meeting for parents and caregivers who identify as LGBTQIA+. Groups will meet virtually once a week for 12 weeks. One or more parents will attend, with up to 8 families participating in each group. 

The PEPS curriculum has been reviewed and modified for this affinity program. LGBTQIA+ Groups will cover some standard Newborn Group topics as well as topics specific to LGBTQIA+ families. Sample discussion topics include sleep, feeding, creating your family, wills and emergencies, and social identity. 

Where: In the comfort of your own home! Groups will meet virtually over Zoom. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link with a password to maintain the privacy and security of the call.

Cost: We offer Flexible Pricing for all groups.

PEPS programs fill quickly - register now to secure your spot!

Register for an lgbtqia+ peps group


Call PEPS at (206) 547-8570 or email us at

Looking for more support? Check out our LGBTQIA+ Resources for Parents page.

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