A north-east group created to support parents of transgender children is considering expanding due to its popularity.
LGBT+ charity Four Pillars set up TransParents a year ago to give parents an opportunity to find out how best to support their loved ones.
The charity aims to care for people based on four areas – mental, emotional, physical and sexual health.
Four Pillars chairman Deejay Bullock said TransParents had proved to be a much-needed resource in the area and as a result of high attendance figures, there was hope of running the meetings on a more regular basis.
“Having a meeting every two weeks will allow people more access to support,” he said.
“They aren’t left without any help for long periods of time.
“Currently TransParents meets up once a month but at the last meeting we had more than 20 people attend, and if the numbers continue in this way, we might try to hold the events more often.
“The sessions are run by parents to teach others on how best to support their children, or themselves.
“It can be difficult for parents to deal with, to talk and share their experiences.”
Deejay also gets calls from nurses and counsellors asking him for advice on how to give more tailored help, and believes that peer-led support is the way forward.
The 37-year-old added: “I really didn’t want anyone preaching about how things should be.
“I wanted the sessions to be led by someone with life experience which is why I asked parents to lead the suggests.”
But he said attitudes still needed to change.
He said: “I don’t think awareness is really what we need, people are more confident in coming out now because we can see transgender people on TV programmes and in music.
“The awareness is there.
“I think it’s attitudes that need to change.”
The group is open to parents who have children transitioning at any age.