Local Partners

Parents of Trans Kids and Support Group - PTKDelaware

PTK Mission: Our mission is to establish a safe, non-judgmental space for parents of transgender and gender non-conforming children to share information, resources and life experiences.

In addition to providing support to parents, PTK provides advocacy and education to the community about the needs of the transgender/gender-expansive community.

Support group meetings are held in northern and southern Delaware – see below for dates, times, and locations. Meeting attendance is limited exclusively to parents (or caregivers) of transgender/gender-expansive kids. During (and between) support group meetings, parents will be able to network with other families that are going through similar experiences while raising a transgender or gender non-conforming child. The goal of the group is to provide parents a safe space where they can discuss issues that 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.

PTK North: PFLAG-Wilmington, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, & United Way of Delaware PRIDE Council co-sponsor the northern DE (and area) Parents of Trans Kids.

Monthly meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of the month starting at 6:15 pm at Nemours duPont Hospital, Administration and Research Building,1600 Rockland Rd, Wilmington DE 19803. Directions to A&R Building (Administration and Research Building): After passing through the main gate of Nemours Hospital, take an immediate left (into parking lot #4); then, a quick right at the end of the lane and then a quick left onto a lane that leads out of the parking lot. Follow this lane to a sign for the Administration and Research Building; turn right into parking lot #3. (You should see some bronze statues of deer in the circular area in front of the A&R Building). Park wherever there is space and enter the A&R Building at the front/main entrance. There should be a volunteer there to point you in the direction of the meeting room. (If you are on PTK’s e-list, the meeting room is listed on the email you will have received. If you are not on PTK’s e-list, send an email – see below - to PTK requesting the room location). Before you attend your first meeting, please email your name along with the age of your child to PTKDelaware@gmail.com.

    • Youth Group Concurrent Sessions. While parents are attending the PTK meeting, their teens are invited to attend a session in a separate meeting room from the parents. During these meetings, the youth will have an opportunity to network, talk about issues of common concern and meet speakers who will address various issues of interest to trans/gender-expansive youth.
    • Sibling Group. PTK has also organized a Nemours-facilitated support group for siblings of trans/gender-expansive youth. This group meets at the same time as the parent support group meetings, in a different meeting room. Please email PTKDelaware@gmail.com with the age of the siblings
    • Directions to Nemours duPont Hospital - upon entering the campus at 1600 Rockland Road make your first left and follow signs to ARB, and follow the small drive towards the older grey building.

PTK South: PFLAG Rehoboth Beach, Bayhealth Hospital (Sussex Campus, Milford), and Camp Rehoboth co-sponsor PTK South.

Monthly meetings are on the 1st Wednesday of every month, from 6:30 -7:30 PM at Bayhealth Hospital’s Sussex Campus (100 Wellness Way, Milford, DE 19963). For more information and to RSVP, please email parentsoftranskidssouth@gmail.com.

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.

The group 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.

Delaware Renaissance Group - Northern Delaware

Delaware Renaissance (DelRen) provides peer support for adults exploring their gender identity. We welcome anyone who considers themselves transgender, whether they identify as a crossdresser, transsexual, transgender, intersexed, or are still discovering who they are, as well as their spouses, friends, and interested professionals. We have members across the entire transgender spectrum, with diverse backgrounds, occupations, and ethnicities.

DelRen supports transgender people through a variety of education, outreach, and social activities. Our monthly meetings are informal. On most evenings we have a guest speaker or other program, announce events of interest to the transgender community, and socialize afterward. Past guests have included psychologists, cosmeticians, electrologists, vendors, and leaders in the LGBT community. We help each other locate professional services, but we do not endorse any, nor do we conduct therapy sessions. Each year the group participates in the Delaware Pride Festival and nearby university transgender awareness activities. Members also volunteer assistance with the annual Mazzoni Center Trans Health Conference in Philadelphia and other regional gatherings. Some members travel, upon invitation, to speak to college classes, church congregations, or other interested groups. Members have also been interviewed on local radio programs.

Our meetings are held at the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, 730 Halstead Road, Wilmington , DE 19803. Doors open at 7:30 pm and meetings start at 8:00 pm. We hope to see you there.

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.

The Travel Company

The Travel Company is owned and operated by Sheila N Batty and the late Jim Batty, both charter members of PFLAG Wilmington. Jim dedicated his life to Equality for All. We have been consistently supportive of all legislation for equality for the LGBT community. Since our son came out to us in 1991, it has become extremely personal to the both of us. Jim’s spirit will be with me as I continue to support all future endeavors for equality.

Visit their website for more information: http://www.travelcompany.ws/Page/Home