Our Programs

DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ALL SUPPORT PROGRAMS HAVE MOVED TO ONLINE PLATFORMS. 
See our calendar for the dates, times, and registration information

Youth Group
Youth Group is a peer community group for LGBTQ+ youth, ages 14 to 22. Meetings are topic-driven, including education, support, friendship-building, skill-sharing, and more. This is a great place to make connections in a safe, affirming, and welcoming environment. You can join by video, audio or chat - whatever you're comfortable with! Group meetings are always led by an LGBTQ+ identified facilitator. Some meetings may include a licensed social worker and/or an adult volunteer to assist the facilitator.

Young Adult Group
Young Adult Group is a peer community group for LGBTQ+ young adults, aged 18 to 26. Meetings are topic-driven, including education, support, friendship-building, skill-sharing, and more. This is a great place to make connections in a safe, affirming, and welcoming environment. You can join by video, audio or chat - whatever you're comfortable with! Group meetings are always led by an LGBTQ+ identified facilitator.

Youth Group Jr.
Youth Group Jr is a peer community group for LGBTQ+ youth, ages 9 to 13. Meetings are topic-driven, including education, support, friendship-building, skill-sharing, and more. This is a great place to make connections in a safe, affirming, and welcoming environment. You can join by video, audio or chat - whatever you're comfortable with! Group meetings are always led by an LGBTQ+ identified facilitator. Some meetings may include a licensed social worker and/or an adult volunteer to assist the facilitator.

Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Community Group
Trans & Gender Non-Binary Community Group is free group for transgender and gender nonbinary adults. We provide a safe space to discuss topics of interest including identity, coming out, transition, supporting one another in gender exploration, and building connections with one another. Topics and activities will largely be determined by group interest. We are committed to respect, direct communication, gentleness, exploration, and confidentiality. Group meetings are always facilitated by a trans/GNC identified facilitator. Ages 18+ only. Accompanied significant others are also welcome.

TransFamily
TransFamily is a free support group for parents and guardians of transgender, non-binary, and other gender-diverse young people. It is a nonjudgmental space for learning how to strengthen family relationships, navigate gender transition, and support your gender-diverse loved one. This group is for caregivers only, no children. You can join by video, audio or chat - whatever you're comfortable with. TransFamily is professionally facilitated by Kate MacShane, M.Ed., MSW.

TransPartners
TransPartners is The Frederick Center's free, biweekly support group for partners of transgender and nonbinary people. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 7-8:30 pm via Zoom. TransPartners is a supportive, nonjudgmental space in which to navigate the joys and challenges of relationships with gender-diverse partners. Adults 18+ of all genders welcome. Facilitated by Emma Batting, LMSW, of the Maryland Center for Gender and Intimacy. Interested in attending? Email Emma at TransPartners@thefrederickcenter.org or with questions or to request the Zoom link. 

TransTeens
TransTeens is the Frederick Center's free, biweekly support group for teens ages 14-18 who identify as transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and/or who are questioning their gender identity. The group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm. Facilitated by Miles George, LGPC, a transgender licensed mental health clinician from the Maryland Center for Gender & Intimacy, TransTeens is a safe, nonjudgmental space for gender-diverse teens to find community, navigate challenges, share resources, and celebrate their identitities. Do you know a teenager interested in attending? Email Miles at TransTeens@thefrederickcenter.org with questions or to request the Zoom link.

Healing Pride
Healing Pride is an open and ongoing free support group specifically for adult (ages 18+) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ) survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and/or intimate partner violence. It is a partnership between The Frederick Center and Heartly House.

💜 Meetings are facilitated by licensed therapists from Heartly House. 
💜 Participants must perform an telephone intake with Heartly House.
💜 Please call 301-662-8800 to complete the intake.
💜 Location and time will be shared after the 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. 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)

If you would like a free HIV at home test kit please contact Kenneth Melnick by clicking here.


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.