Ho ho ho its getting close to that magical time of year! It’s time for the annual Del Ren Holiday Pot Luck Dinner.
Dig out your holiday party clothes come join us for an evening of festive holiday celebration. We will have good food (brought by each of us). Wonderful conversations and the joy of being together during the holiday season.
This party is for members guests and community members. Please plan to attend!
All you have to do is sign up here by clicking on “Party Sign up Sheet”:
Sunday the New York Times broke a story about a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) memorandum outlining an effort to narrowly define gender as male or female and unchangeable. HHS is trying to legally define sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination. Effectively if they do this any federal civil rights protection under Title IX for Transgender people will be removed.
Regardless of your political affiliation this is damaging to transgender people. It is simply the latest in a series of attacks by the Trump administration on the civil rights of transgender people.
What can you do? Please stay informed on this issue and act and vote as you conscience demands.
New York Times Original Article
Reuters Video Covering the Protest today in Washington DC
Reuters: Video covering the united LGBT activists speaking event before today’s march in Washington
Delaware Renaissance is a non partisan organization working for the advancement and well being of the Transgender Communities we serve.
Whew what a month! I apologize for the late notice. Too many things going on! I know many of you can relate.
So this month we are trying something New! Don’t get nervous its okay seriously. You the group will set the agenda.
We are using a discussion technique called Lean Coffee it let’s the group set the agenda and determine what is most important to discuss. Much better than relying on us to decide what we are talking about.
you can read about the ground rules here http://leancoffee.org/
PSA – If you want real coffee please bring it yourself – I’m not providing it
I’ll bring the sticky notes and pens and such you bring topics to discuss and a smile – see you there
It’s time for our annual pot luck picnic! Our picnic will be behind the Church starting at 6:00 until 9:00 which ever comes first. So please sign up and let us know what you are bringing as people sign up we will periodically publish a list of what is being brought and what remaining items we need.
This month we are pleased to welcome Elise Mora, Clinical Director of Aids Delaware. Elise will be talking about Aids Delaware and the important work they do to support public health in Delaware. In addition she will share information about Prevention, Testing and Treatment of HIV and Aids.
If you have a question you would like Elise to answer or discuss please submit it below and we will get it to her so she can come to the meeting prepared.
HIV and Aids have faded from the daily news but remain a public health issue. From The CDC some basic statistics:
- An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States were living with HIV at the end of 2015, the most recent year for which this information is available. Of those people, about 15%, or 1 in 7, did not know they were infected.
- Yes. In the United States, 6,721 people died from HIV and AIDS in 2014. HIV remains a significant cause of death for certain populations. In 2014, it was the 8th leading cause of death for those aged 25-34 and 9th for those aged 35-44.
- In 2016, the number of new HIV diagnoses in the United States was 39,782. There were 32,131 diagnoses among adult and adolescent males (13 years or older), 7,529 among adult and adolescent females, and 122 among children younger than 13 years.
So in the face of this persistent disease what can we do? Getting educated and tested is a great place to start fighting. So don’t miss this meeting!
Of general community interest! Plan on attending the 2018 Delaware Pride Festival and support our community and the work of Delaware Pride!! Get your fabulous on and be there!
More information here
This month its GAME NIGHT!!!! Woo Hoo!!! Join us for a relaxing evening of games and conversation. Feel free to bring snacks to share. So plan to join us this month and get your game on!!!
This Month Diana M. Collins MSN, ACNP, will be joining us to discuss trans health care needs and give tips, questions or conversation starters that patients should asks their practitioners about their healthcare needs. Including basic preventive care and healthcare maintenance. She will cover both Women’s and Men’s healthcare needs.
Please joins us! Having good health makes everything in life better. Good information is an important first step towards improving your health.
Diana M. Collins is a Nurse educator and an Army Veteran. She is a wife and a mother and is currently working as a Clinical Instructor at Delaware Technical Community College. Prior to working at the college, she worked as a Nurse Educator at Memorial School of Nursing in Albany, NY as well as a medical surgical nurse on a Neuro-orthopedic post-surgical unit at Albany Memorial Hospital. It was on the medical unit where she learned to be innovative in patient care and it fed her passion to effectively teach patients to advocate for their health care. She discovered that there was more that she wanted to do to improve patient health and decided to enhance her involvement by participating in conventions and healthcare symposiums to not only teach patients but to also advocate for the health care disparities that she noticed over the years focusing on the LGBTQ community and Transgender healthcare .
Diana’s passion to teach and mold minds enhanced her propensity and love for nursing education. While teaching patients she found that by encouraging not only Nurses to educate their patients better but also to teach the patients to advocate for themselves was a great way to bridge the gap. She has a deep appreciation and commitment to her work in the healthcare setting that supports and promotes innovative high quality patient centered care.
Please Join us for this special meeting. Karla Fleshman LCSW, Ordained Pastor in the MCC and LGBTQ Outreach Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware (BBBSDE) will be speaking at our meeting. Karla will tell us about BBBSDE, their programs and opportunities to get involved and change a child’s life for the better.
What better way to make the world a better place than to do it by helping an LGBTQ child thrive? Please plan to attend and learn about this important topic.
Doors open at 7:30 Meeting starts at 8:00
First Unitarian Church
730 Halstead Road
Wilmington , DE 19803