When we first started The Rainbow Squad, there were no groups for kids under the age of 14 in our area. We created the group out of necessity for our son and kids like him who had no other place to go to interact and be with other LGBTQ+ tweens. Since then (and I'd like to believe the momentum of our group had something to do with this), The Oasis Center in Nashville added a group called "Becoming Us" to support middle-school-age youth. As the original Rainbow Squad are mostly all now in high-school, we have been referring people to The Oasis Center and the Becoming Us program. The Oasis Center has a huge support system of professionals and I highly recommend their programs. You can find out more here: https://oasiscenter.org/for-youth/just-us
If you ever want to reach out, feel free to contact me through the links on this page. The emails go directly to me. --Deborah Vahle
What an amazing experience this was for our squad. Ty was the ultimate professional and treated everyone like they were the stars in the room.
The Rainbow Squad is a Tween LGBTQ+ group based in East Nashville that meets on a monthly basis. Our meetings serve two purposes: 1. To give the kids a safe, accepting place to hang out and just be themselves. 2. To support the adults and give the parents opportunities to discuss issues that come up as we raise these amazing humans.
The Rainbow Squad was started out of necessity when we couldn't find an LGBTQ+ group in our area for kids under age 14. The Oasis Center has been an amazing resource to us and helped give insight on the best way to form the group. They basically said: "Ask the kids what they want the group to be." So we did. The kids quickly let us know that they didn't need or want another therapy group or adult-led discussion. They just wanted to hang out and form friendships. That's it. They want what every kid wants. To be accepted as they are, where they are. We just tried to give them the space to do that and they took it from there. --Deborah Vahle
Parenting is tough enough, but when my child told me he is trans, it's a curveball I didn't expect, to say the least. Here's the beginning of our story.
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