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LGBTQ+ RESOURCES

CRISIS RESOURCES

The Trevor Project - 24/7 crisis intervention for LGBTQ+ young people ages 13-24; call 866-488-7386, text START to 678-678, or chat online

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 24/7 crisis support through a national network of local crisis centers; call 800-273-8255 or chat online

Crisis Text Line - 24/7 crisis support; text START to 741-741 

Trans Lifeline - support for trans people in crisis; run by the trans community, for the trans community; call 877-565-8860

The National Runaway Safeline - 24/7 assistance to runaway and homeless youth, including resources, shelter, and transportation; call 800-786-2929 or chat online

GREATER AKRON SUPPORT GROUPS

PFLAG Akron (Akron)

OutSupport (Medina)

Margie’s Hope (Akron) - Groups: TransAlive, Margie’s Kids, Margie’s Pride, Together We Can

Kent State University LGBTQ+ Center

The University of Akron LGBTQ+ Resources

Pride Zone TV (Tuscarawas Valley)

Queer in Canton (Canton)

Love on a Mission (Mansfield)

ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

Q Chat Space - online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ and questioning teens ages 13 to 19; pre-scheduled live chats without video or audio;  conversations are facilitated by experienced staff who work at LGBTQ+ centers around the United States

Gender Spectrum - free online groups for parents, caregivers, and other family members and adults

Galaxy Community Circle - a space celebrating gender-diverse children aged 4-9; offers  weekly Zoom support meetings/social spaces

Sage - advocacy and services for LGBTQ+ elders

Black/African American Community - PFLAG meeting led by members of the Black/African American community

Asian American & Pacific Islander Community - PFLAG meeting led by members of the AAPI community

Latina/Latino Community - PFLAG meeting led by members of the Latino community

Military Community - PFLAG meeting led by current/former service members or military spouses

Mama Bears - supporting, educating, and empowering moms of LGBTQ+ kids and the LGBTQ+ community

HEALTHCARE

Summa Pride Clinic

Akron Children’s Hospital Center for Gender Affirming Medicine

Equitas Health

Mental Health Resources

GREATER AKRON COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Including housing, clothing, grants and scholarships, camps, journalism, chamber of commerce

CANAPI - services for LGBTQ+ individuals including housing assistance, HIV testing and prevention, nutritional assistance, and education

The Bayard Rustin LGBTQIA Resource Center - an Afrocentric drop-in center providing housing assistance, HIV testing, case management, referrals, food pantry, weekly meal, clothing, laundry and shower services, counseling, and job readiness training

Akron Aids Collaborative - organizes culturally appropriate LGBTQ+ activities within the African American community

Margie’s Closet - not-for-profit clothing resale store with trans-specific and gender affirming items; First Binder Free program

Camp Lilac - summer camp in Ohio for transgender and gender diverse youth

Plexus - LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce in NE Ohio

Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation - a NE Ohio organization that provides grants to LGBTQ+ organizations and scholarships to LGBTQ+ students

The Buckeye Flame - journalism that amplifies the voices of LGBTQ+ Ohioans

Greater Akron LGBTQ+ Community Needs Assessment (2022) - an assessment on the strengths, opportunities and resources available to LGBTQ+ people in Summit, Stark, Portage, and Medina counties

LEGAL RESOURCES

Equality Ohio

TransOhio

Ohio locations with anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBTQ+ people 

ACLU map tracking bills that affect LGBTQ+ people

ACLU Know Your Rights

SAFETY / SUPPORT IN SCHOOLS

GLSEN Northeast Ohio - a national network of educators, students, and local chapters working to create an environment where students have the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education

PFLAG - Safe Schools for All

GLOSSARY OF TERMS, UNDERSTANDING GENDER

PFLAG Glossary of Terms

Understanding Gender

Genderbread Person - a teaching tool to understand the big concept of gender

HOW TO BE AN ALLY

PFLAG - Our Trans Loved Ones

PFLAG - Guide to Being a Straight Ally

PFLAG - Guide to Being a Trans Ally

FAITH RESOURCES

PFLAG - Faith in Our Families

PFLAG - Be Not Afraid

Q Christian Fellowship - cultivating radical belonging for LGBTQ+ Christians and allies

PRIDE

Akron Pride Festival

Black Family Pride

Stark Pride Festival

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