Center hosts playgroup for gender-variant kids

Life is often hard on children who don’t fit neatly into the category of ‘boy’ or ‘girl,’ especially when it comes to making friends. But thanks to a group at the Utah Pride Center, this aspect of growing up gender variant may be a little less difficult.

Kids Like Me is a playgroup for children that the Center calls “gender exceptional,” and for children whose parents identify as transgender, genderqueer, gender variant or any gender identity that falls outside of mainstream definitions of masculinity and femininity. Its purpose, the Center said, is not to shoehorn children into any particular gender label or identity, but to help them find friendship and feel less alone.

Kids Like Me will hold an open house on Feb. 12 from 12–1:30 p.m. This will allow parents, guardians and caregivers to inquire about the program before enrolling their children. The group itself meets from 5—6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in the Utah Pride Center’s Middle Meeting Room, 361 N. 300 West (the open house will be held in the same location).  For more information about the play group or to make inquiries about the open house contact Rose Ellen Epstein, the Utah Pride Center’s transgender youth programs coordinator, at 801-539-8800, ex.17 or [email protected].

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