Frequently Asked Questions

Meeting format
We serve a potluck dinner at 6:30 pm after which we have a confidential support group meeting at 7:30 pm where each person can give a review of where they are and what has happened in the last month. If enough people are present, we may split into groups for separate relevant discussions.

Must I be a member to attend?
No.  Guests are always welcomed.  You do not even need to know a regular.

Is there a dress code?
Dress in the attire in which you are most comfortable.  Many of those attending our meetings come dressed in the gender of their choice or change clothes when they arrive.

Can I bring family spouse or friends?
Yes.  We encourage their attendance.  This helps them better understand your feelings.  Their acceptance may, in turn, help others understand their friend’s transition.

Will I feel out of place because of my age?
NO.  Our group is made up of people of all ages.  Most are between twenty and sixty but teens and seniors are not uncommon.

Where else can I meet other trans youth?
See Trans Families Sacramento, Sacramento Area Rainbow Kids (ages 4-18) and the Gender Health Center for other trans youth group meetings.
Membership costs?
Our group is not a membership organization and there is no charge to attend.  Attendees may offer a voluntary donation to help defray the costs of meeting supplies and special events.

Any special events?
Occasionally we will have a speaker do a presentation for us.  At these events a small donation may be requested to help defray the presenter’s expenses.
Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil takes the place of our November meeting.

Who founded our group?
Rev. Chadwick K. Pifer (d. May 29, 2009) founded our group in 1999 when it met at the Metropolitan Community Church at Mather Field.  With the closure of that facility in May 2008, the group meetings moved to our current location at Sutter Medical Center Sacramento.
Where and when do we meet?
Our group meets on the third Saturday of every month (except in November when we hold the Annual Candlelight Vigil) at 6:30 P.M for a potluck meal and support session.

Place: Sutter Medical Center Sacramento
Ose Adams Medical Pavilion 
2nd floor, Conference Room C 
2801 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

  • Business 80 (toward Sacramento) exit at J St, continue south 2 blocks on 29th St, turn right onto L St.
  • Business 80 (toward Reno) exit at N St, go north 2 blocks on 30th St, turn left onto L St.  
  • There is free parking on the street around Sutter’s Fort Park.
  • There is a pay parking garage on 29th St. between L St. and Capitol Ave.
  • Enter the main lobby of the Medical Center through the driveway on the south side of L St between 28th and 29th Streets.  Take the orange elevator on your left to Level 2, then cross the access bridge to the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion. Follow the signs to Conference Room C.  Click for hospital floor plan map.

Directions to Sutter Gender Identity Support Group Meetings