Local Partners

Parents of Trans Kids and Support Group - PTKDelaware

PFLAG-Wilmington, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, & United Way of Delaware PRIDE Council announces a new support group for Parents of Trans KIDS.

Monthly meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of the month starting at 6:30 pm at Nemours duPont Hospital, 1600 Rockland Rd, Wilmington DE 1980 (stop at the Welcome Desk for directions to our meeting room).  If you would like to attend a meeting, please email your name along with the age of your child to PTKDelaware@gmail.com

Parents will be able to network with other families that are going through similar experiences while raising a transgender or non-gender conforming child. The goal of the group is to provide parents a safe space where they can discuss what issues are important to them. They will have the chance to raise questions, share resources, network and listen to the experience of other parents whose children are gender diverse. Issues explored will include school, legal matters, privacy, siblings, extended family, and medical.

Directions to Nemours duPont Hospital - upon entering the campus at 1600 Rockland Road continue on the driveway. After the playground, make your first left to a surface parking lot. Once parked proceed to the front of the blue glass section of the hospital where you will enter the Fusco Atrium.  The Welcome Desk will be on your right


LGBTQ Youth Support Group Meeting

Welcome back!!!!  We are delighted that the youth group has restarted, under the able direction of licensed professional counselor, Barbara P. Conrad, MS & certified in Gestalt Therapy, & Sharon Zimmer, MS in Educational Counseling.  Sharon & Barbara facilitated a similar group several years ago and are looking forward to working with this group of youngsters. 

This is an open group and all denominations are welcomed.  We have determined that an age group of 12 to 18 will be best.  There is no other such group in our area and the only support groups available is if their schools have a GSA program.  The coming out process is tough enough and it will be great to have a place our LGBTQ youth can turn to for help and support. 

In September, 2017, the group will meet on Saturday, September 16th.  For the remainder of the school year, they will meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month (See "summer schedule" below) at the Jewish Family Services Building, 99 Passmore Road, Wilmington DE 19803. (The meeting building is just off route 202, north of Silverside Road; driving north on 202, take the 1st left just after Ashley Furniture.  JFS is directly behind Ashley Furniture).   Meetings are from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, with a "hangout session: until 1:30 PM for those who can stay.

Summer schedule:  Contact Sharon Zimmer (cztwins@hotmail.com) for summer events schedule.

You MUST confirm attendance 2 days prior to the meeting by texting Sharon Zimmer, 302-438-1545 or  email:  cztwins@hotmail.com.
Please help spread the word throughout the area and we THANK Sharon & Barbara for their work on this project.



Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Services of Delaware (JFS) provides meeting space for the LGBTQ+ youth group ("ASK"). They provide a network of support for everyone in the family – children, youth, adults, and seniors. Their therapists can help you address a range of issues including family and relationship problems, substance abuse, ADHD, anxiety, and depression, or life transitions. No matter your struggle, you don’t have to face it alone.They can help you identify, build, and use your own strengths and skills – so you can better manage your mental health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.JFSDelaware.org or call their Wilmington or Newark offices at (302) 478-9411 or the Lewes office at (302) 827-6040.

PFLAG Rehoboth & Camp Rehoboth 

Hosts new groups for Parents of Transgender Youth & Transgender Youth.  For more info please contact Salvatore Seeley, LCSW at 302-227-5620.  Meetings will be held at Camp Rehoboth in Rehoboth.

Delaware Renaissance Group - Rehoboth

Please join us for the inaugural meeting of the Rehoboth area's Delaware Renaissance Group. We welcome anyone who identifies anywhere on the transgender, gender nonconforming, or gender conforming spectrum as long as you are willing to accept and support anyone else anywhere else on the spectrum; yes this means families and allies are welcome too. The only thing on the agenda for this meeting will be planning what we want from the group going forward. The meeting will be from 8 pm until 10 pm on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Tunnell Cancer Center, 8941 John J Williams Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 in the McCurry Conference Room. Enter at the rear of the Tunnell Cancer Center through the entrance marked as the Medical Arts Pavilion.  For more info please email:   amandaw@delren.org

United Way Pride Council

  Working to improve the lives of LGBTQ Youth and Adults

The United Way DE PRIDE Council's mission is to organize community resources, including corporate, education, health, government and religious organizations, to improve the lives of Lesbians, Gays, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and adults in Delaware.   Approaches it uses to accomplish its mission include:

     Forming and enhancing Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in middle and high schools throughout Delaware to provide a critical support system for LGBTQ youth

      Fostering a mentoring program through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware

      Hosting a statewide annual Anti-Bullying/Gay Straight Alliance Summit

     Providing The ABCs of LGBTQ Youth “cultural competency” training for middle and high school faculty and staff; and United Way of Delaware partner agencies that provide behavioral health counseling to children, youth and their families.

 Visit their website for more information at http://uwde.org/?/affinity-groups/pride-council

Facebook Group – UWDPRIDE



 Big Brothers & Big Sisters Mentoring Program for LGBT Youth



According to youth surveys, more than 10% of Delaware youth identify as LGBTQ+. Many of these young people face a variety of challenges, and report they don’t have a positive adult to go to for support or advice. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware and the United Way of Delaware have put together a Youth Mentoring program to fill that gap for Delaware youth.

In the Big Brothers Big Sisters LGBTQ Youth Mentoring Initiative, parents can sign up their child to be matched one-on-one with a positive adult mentor who is a member of the LGBT community, or may be allied adult.

Mentors are matched with youth who identify as LGBTQ. After completing the BBBS screening process & background checks, Mentors meet with their assigned Little Brother or Sister 2-4 times a month, either after school or on the weekends for a period of at least one school year.

Volunteers may also mentor in group settings, with students who are members of their school’s gay straight alliance (GSA) or diversity club.

For more details contact Karla Fleshman (302.998.3577) kfleshman@bbbsde.org. 


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