Our Programs

See our calendar for the dates, times, and locations

Youth Group
Weekly Wednesday evening 7-8:30pm. TFC peer support group for LGBTQ youth and youth allies, run by youth, with adult supervision.  Open to youth only, which is defined as high school and college ages (ages 14-22).  Topic-driven meetings: education, support, friendship-building, skill-sharing, mentoring, and more.  Parents of minor attendees are allowed, though will  be asked to remain in an adjoining room as to not interfere with group dynamics.  Free, just show up.  Grace UCC (not a church group), 25 E 2nd St, Frederick.  Printable summary PDF.

Young Adult Group
Certain Tuesday evenings 7-8:30pm. TFC peer support group for LGBTQ young adults aged 18-26 only.   Topic-driven meetings: education, support, friendship-building, skill-sharing, and more. Free, just show up.  Grace UCC (not a church group), 25 E 2nd St, Frederick.  Upstairs in the lounge. See calendar for specific dates, which will be increasing over time.

Trans and Gender Nonbinary Community Group
This monthly TFC group is open to all Trans and Gender Non-Binary adults (ages 18+ only). We provide a safe space to discuss issues of interest – including identity, coming out, transition – to support one another in gender exploration, and to build connections with one another. Meetings topics and activities will largely be determined by group interest. We will commit to Respect, Direct Communication, Gentleness, Exploration, and Confidentiality.   Free, just show up.  Accompanied significant others also welcome.  See calendar for 3rd Thursday meeting time and location.

TransFamily
A free, biweekly support group for parents and guardians of transgender, non-binary, and other gender-diverse young people. Professionally facilitated by Kate MacShane, M.Ed., MSW. A nonjudgmental space for learning how to strengthen family relationships, navigate gender transition, and support your gender-diverse loved one.

Meets every other Saturday from 9:00-10:30 am, see TFC event calendar (www.thefrederickcenter.org/calendar) for dates. Usually meets in the downtown Frederick YMCA Activity Room, 1000 N. Market St., Frederick.  No registration required. Join anytime. Group is for caregivers only, no children.  For more info, email group facilitator Kate MacShane, M.Ed., MSW at TransFamily@thefrederickcenter.org

Safe Space Healing
Safe Space Healing is an open and ongoing free support group specifically for adult (ages 18+) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ) survivors of sexual assault or sexual abuse. Meetings are facilitated by licensed therapists from Heartly House, the program is a partnership between they and us.  The support group provides a safe space that promotes healing by addressing issues of safety, the emotional impact of sexual abuse and assault, moving through experiences of loss associated with sexual abuse and assault and supporting resiliency.

Interested applicants for this free support group must contact Heartly House at 301-662-8800. The time, day, and location of the group will be disclosed to applicants after they complete a successful phone intake process.  Heartly House is the only organization in Frederick County, Maryland, that provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. They have been providing these services since 1979. Services include: a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, victim advocate services and legal representation, medical advocacy, abuse intervention groups, and community outreach and professional education. While all services are confidential, please be advised that they are mandated by law to report child abuse, as well as threats of suicide or homicide.
Heartly House: www.heartlyhouse.org

Frederick HIV Coalition
The Frederick Center runs an HIV Test Kit Distribution Program to provide the OraQuick Home HIV test
kits to central Maryland individuals who want to take a test in the privacy of their own home.  Email hiv@thefrederickcenter.org for more info. This program also organizes the local World AIDS Day conference, the Frederick AIDS Walk, and tables at public and private events to distribute HIV kits and information.  Various generous partners contribute and fund this program.  FYI: Free on-the-spot testing is available at the Frederick County Health Department on specific days, info is here.  They are also the contact point for those having a positive test result, seek counseling, need referrals, and would like to attend the local support group.  Photo:  Adam DeBaugh (TFC), Debbie Anne (Frederick County Health), Ted Hallock and Bob Rice (Frederick Church of the Brethren HIV/AIDS Ministry) - others not shown are program coordinator Kenneth Melnick and others.

Frederick Pride

The Frederick Center organizes the annual Frederick Pride celebration.  Pride provides an environment for LGBTQ people, allies, and families to interact and celebrate LGBTQ pride.  It serves as the means to coordinate the actions of our community for the coming year.  Typically it takes place last Saturday in June.  Started in 2012 with an attendance of about 300, it reached 6,000 in 2016. For latest info see our web page here.

Ally of the Year Award
Each year nominations are accepted for the Central Maryland LGBTQ Ally of the Year award, one recipient receives the award.  Allies are very important to the LGBTQ community.  Not only do they perform advocacy for LGBTQ, they typical are involved in circles outside of the LGBTQ community.  It is often those actions outside the community that are most effective, but often unrecognized within the community.  This award recognizes those actions.  Frederick City Police Chief Kim Dine received the award in 2012 for his efforts of community inclusion and his initiative in starting awareness/sensitivity training for officers (provided by us).  Central Maryland PFLAG founder Lois Jarman (pictured) received the 2013 award.  Her decade-long efforts in both PFLAG (Parents, Family, Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and as a co-producer of the ongoing fundraising show called A Little Song, A Little Dance held each Fall in Frederick.  Those shows have raised tens of thousands of dollars for AIDS and LGBTQ organizations.  The 2014 award went to Tiffany Fossett, a tireless weekly volunteer "Mom" for our youth group.  2015 awards went to Christina Renshaw of TextDesign who has helped create marketing pieces that have gotten our organization known, as well as to Bob Rice and Ted Hallock of the Frederick Church of the Brethren HIV/AIDS Ministry for a long history of activism.

Welcoming Frederick
An annual one day conference dedicated to providing organizations, professionals, businesses and allies with the tools necessary to build affirming communities and schools for LGBTQ youth and adults.  Typically held in April.  With nursing and education credits.  Also see Sensitivity and Awareness Training below.

Pink Drinks
Since 2013, a monthly networking event for aged 21+ LGBTQ/allies to make community connections and to help build a better local environment.  BYOB, volunteers host, invitations sent to our mailing list.

Sensitivity and Awareness Training
We provide training for central Maryland businesses, government agencies, social service organizations, and non-profits on LGBTQ awareness and do's/don'ts when interacting with the LGBTQ community.  Formats: formal speaking presentations,  informal discussions, interactive scenario sessions, best practices implementation, or simple policy consultation.  We can cover basic sex/gender/identity/expression explanations, terminology, keywords to listen for to identify LGBTQ, and industry-specific practices.  We've done over a hundred training sessions, Also see Welcoming Frederick above for an all-day conference.