Support and Social Activities
Madeleine Reynolds Bolz provides counseling for children, young adults and parents. She is experienced in Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for a variety of issues. Special areas of interest are children of gay parents and families experiencing chronic illness and loss. Some insurance is accepted and a sliding fee scale is available.
Our mission is to provide transgender and gender-variant youth with a safe, fun, and unique camp experience during which they are able to express gender however they are comfortable and connect with others in similar situations. This is a weeklong overnight camp for transgender and gender-variant youth ages 8-15.
Camp Aranu’tiq is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. It was born out of the idea that transgender and gender-variant youth needed a safe place to relate to others like them, away from home, in a beautiful rural setting where they can concentrate on what every camper loves: having fun. We are planning our first-ever camp week during the summer of 2010. We will be making every effort to have Aranu’tiq available to transgender and gender-variant youth from all socio-economic backgrounds. Due to the sensitive nature of our program, the exact location of Aranu’tiq can be obtained by interested parents, volunteers, and campers by contacting us (click on link: “contact us”). The camp is in the New England area. We are currently working on obtaining grants and individual and corporate contributions. If you or your organization would like to make a donation, please click “donate” to do so directly online, or contact us via email or phone.
Vickijo Campanaro-Cummings is a New York Licensed and national certified psychotherapist with graduate degrees in counseling, psychology, music and education. She has been in private practice for over 25 years. Vickijo has held positions as educator, therapist and consultant at a number of institutions including Nazareth College of Rochester. She has also run workshops and groups on a variety of topics. Vickijo originated the first and longest running straight spouse Support Group in New York State. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), hypnosis and Thought Field Therapy. Vickijo is the associate director for the The Assisi Institute, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to foster the integration of the mystical traditions of both Eastern and Western spirituality.
She also specializes in straight spouse support.
COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.
A website that provides support and resources for parents of gay children.
Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA) is a national organization focused on the needs, issues and concerns of gender variant people in human society. We seek to educate and advocate, not only for ourselves and others like us, but for all human beings who suffer from gender-based oppression in all of its many forms. We also are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Georgia.
Genesee Valley Gender Variants was founded as a social meet-up group for gender variant people centered on the Genesee Valley area of upstate New York and our allies. We welcome all gender identities, all gender presentations, and all sexes. We provide room for you to discover yourself and to be yourself, in whatever ways make you unique. We welcome you to bring friends, partners, family members, co-workers, and other folks who are willing respect our names and gender pronouns. There is no requirement to attend every meeting.
Come when you are able and help make the group the community event it has grown to be! We have weekly face to face meetings Thursdays at Equal Grounds Coffee Shop from 7-9pm. The address is 750 South Ave. Rochester, NY, 14620.
Our mailing list is: GVGenderVariants@yahoogroups.com To subscribe, send a message to: GVGenderVariantsemail@example.com To email the group owner, send a message to GVGenderVariantsfirstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Mary Testa and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice for 13 years in Pittsford. I have advanced training in running groups and find them very powerful as a method of therapy.
I run a support group for women who are attracted to other women, which is a much needed service in our area. The group will run for 8 sessions and the cost is $50 per session. The group will be limited to 5 to 8 clients. I use a three pronged approach to my group work. I am very strongly hoping to provide support, advocacy and clarity for women struggling with this issue. This can be an extremely isolating situation especially when there are children involved. I am hoping that each woman will be able to get relief in knowing that there are many others out there struggling with the same issue. I hope that each woman can clear a path for her own answers to come to her.
Please contact me with questions or for more information on this group. Mary Testa (LMHC, MS Ed, NCC)
PFLAG was founded in 1973 by the late Jeanne Mansford. It promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
We are the Rochester, NY, chapter of “Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays.” Here you’ll find support, education, and allies who advocate for full inclusion of the LGBT people we love.
We meet the third Sunday of every month from 1:00-3:00 at
Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church
707 East Main St.
Rochester, NY 14624.
This is next to the former Rochester Association of Performing Arts building and is set back from the street. All are welcome!