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Youth Issues

This page is a resource for Delaware LGBTQ young people and their parents. You are not alone!

First, important messages from legislators, including prominently Delaware Senator Chris Coons:

And here is Sharon Underwood's letter to the editor of her local Vermont newspaper in 2000, advocating for her gay son. Required reading!

Logo & link As You Are Family and Community Acceptance

"Stories have power. In the past decade, we’ve seen storytelling drive nationwide progress for LGBTQ equality. But far too many LGBTQ people—especially those under 25—still face rejection from the people closest to them. So we’re inviting you to help us change that. Share your story with us. Let’s work together to make the world better for LGBTQ young people. No matter your background, you deserve to be safe and affirmed." To access "As You Are," a Biden Foundation initiative, click on the logo or here: As You Are.

Teens in a classroomGay-Straight Alliances (GSAs)

A GSA is a student-led group designed to make its school community safe and create a welcoming environment for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Public middle schools and high schools throughout Delaware have GSAs, an initiative supported by the United Way of Delaware's PRIDE Council. Does your school have a GSA? Find out via the link.

Closeup of a teen boy's faceGroup Support

PFLAG (once known as Parents, Families & Friends Of Lesbians & Gays) promotes the health and well-being of LGBT and Intersexual persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy.  PFLAG provides the opportunity for dialog about sexual orientation in a confidential setting. Access the chapter nearest you:

PFLAG Wilmington, Delaware
PFLAG-Dover meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6PM at Christ Episcopal Church, 523 S. State St., Dover, Delaware. For more information email pflagdover@gmail.com or phone (302) 841-1339.
PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6PM at the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes, Delaware. For more information email pflagrehobothbeach@gmail.com or phone (302) 841-1339.

Two girls in matching shirts using a computerInclusive Youth Organizations

While the BSA (formerly known as the Boy Scouts of America) now has a non-discrimination policy for members, leaders and staff, it allows faith-based troops—about 70% of all troops—to discriminate against gay Scout leaders. However, other youth organizations are completely LGBT-welcoming, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Girl Scouts of the USA, the 4-H Club, and Camp Fire USA. For other groups, check their policies.

Woman listeningMentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware seeks to match an LGBTQ young person with an LGBTQ adult. Youth who want a mentor or adults who wish to volunteer should contact Big Brothers Big Sisters LGBTQ Mentor Case Manager Colleen Dougherty at (302) 998-3577, or email cdougherty@bbbsde.org.

Sad teen boyBullying

DEletebullying.org is an excellent, user-friendly site created by the Delaware Bar Foundation. It has information for teens, parents and teachers on how to address and prevent bullying, how bullying is defined in Delaware, and the signs of bullying.

This stopbullying.gov web page is the U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services overview of Delaware’s anti-bullying laws and policies.

The Delaware Bullying Prevention Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in Delaware, seeks to reduce and eliminate bullying among Delaware’s children and adolescents in and out of the school setting through prevention and intervention methods and education programs. The DBPA works in cooperation with the Delaware Department of Justice, the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Christiana Care Health System.

The State of Delaware has a bullying prevention hotline so that people can safely report bullying incidents. The hotline number is (800) 220-5414.

Young man on phoneHotline

"The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources, including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community, and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone." The 24/7 lifeline is 866 4-U-TREVOR (866.488.7386).


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