Gay Fathers of Toronto (GFT), a confidential peer support group for married, separated, divorced, gay or bisexual men who are in a parenting role, has been around since 1978. The aim of the group is to assist men on their journey by sharing experiences, offering support and by putting them in touch with professionals, such as family counsellors, if necessary.
The literature reports that most of the men who come to GFT were married because they were genuinely in love with their partners. They did not choose marriage as a way to disguise or "cure" their homosexuality. The majority of the men attending GFT have been married for ten or more years before they started dealing with their sexuality. It can be a difficult and painful struggle to reconcile your sexuality with being a husband and father. Facing the possibility of leaving your home and children is, understandably, a terrifying experience.
GFT meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 8:00 PM at The 519 Church Street Community Centre, room 304.
Our important work in offering assistance and support to men who are coming out to themselves, their friends, wives and families continues.
Gay Fathers of Toronto's website at www.gayfathers-toronto.com contains reference materials, stories, and other resources of interest to gay fathers and their families. The Yahoo Group www.group.yahoo.com/GayFathersOfToronto is place where gay dads can privately communicate with one another.