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LGBTQ Support Groups


OutSupport Medina 


OutSupport's mission is to promote the health and well-being of LGBTQ persons and their loved ones through support, education and advocacy.

Enlighten the public, end discrimination, and secure equal rights.

Monthly meetings:

4th Monday of each month @ 7:00 pm
At Unity of Medina Building at the rear ofWilliams on the Lake (4th building back alongside the lake. Plenty of free parking)
787 Lafayette Rd, Medina, OH 44256

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New PRIDE is a support group for individuals who are going through the "coming out" process. The group is targeted at people 18 and over, and at any stage of "coming out" whether it is for the first time, to friends and family or at work. This is a place to find support and fellowship.

Meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Highland Square Public Library.


OutBreath - LGBT Mindfulness Meditation Society

OutBreath aims to provide a friendly environment for LGBT persons and allies who are interested in a non-religious practice of mindfulness meditation. Free instruction offered to newcomers.

Currently, meditation is postponed. It is expected to resume after the start of next year. When meditation resumes, it will be held Sundays at 7:00 p.m. at the Akron-Canton Shambhala Meditation Center.


PFLAG: Akron Chapter

PFLAG is an organization that supports the families and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people.

Meetings are held at the First Congregational Church of Akron, 292 E. Market St. Third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

PFLAG: Kent Chapter

Meetings are held at the Kent United Church of Christ: 1400 E. Main St. Kent, on the first Tuesday each month. Contact the group at or 330-298-5250 or follow on Facebook.


Safe Space for LGBTQI Youth

Brought to you by Licensed UCC minister and Clinical Psychology Esther Baruja with funding from Neighborhood Connections.

The Archwood Avenue United Church of Christ in Cleveland will offer a safe hangout space on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. for youth. Although promotional materials specify Hispanic youth, all youth are welcome.

Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Other Violence

Supportive organizations for survivors of sexual assault

Non-Offending Care Giver

Support Group 

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Sexual Violence Survivor

Support Group 

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Victim Assistance Program of Summit County


Victim Assistance Program empowers the community to restore lives impacted by crisis, violence, and tragedy. They help over 6,000 individuals each year through crisis intervention, advocacy, and education to both victims and to those in the professional community who assist them. VAP helps all victims impacted by crisis, violence, and tragedy regardless of age, sex, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, or ability to speak English.

Experiencing Discrimination in Akron?

In 2017, Akron passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.

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Learn about the Akron United ordinance here 


HIV+ Resources

Additional programs for people living with HIV

HIV Support Group: SSOULE Group

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The SSOULE (Survivors Sharing Our Unique Life Experiences) Group is a new HIV support group, starting Jan. 16 2019, in Summit County.

The group is run by and for people living with HIV. Monthly meetings, in a social setting, offering support, resources, and a place for people with HIV to share their fears, concerns, struggles, and triumphs with each other.

First Congregation Church of Akron
292 E. Market St. Akron Ohio 44308

Time: 6-8pm

March 13TH
April 10TH
May 8TH
June 12TH
July 10TH
August 14TH
Sept. 11TH
Oct. 9TH
Nov. 13TH
Dec. 11TH

Contact: Robert G. Lucas | 330.461.6857 |


Equitas Akron Support Group

The last Tuesday of the Month
Open Group for Those Living with HIV
5:00-6:40 p.m.

Summit County Public Health
1867 W. Market St., Suite A.
Akron, OH 44313

Transportation Assistance Available
Light Food Provided
RSVP by Calling a Case Manager at 330.794.5289

Living in Recovery with HIV

Living in Recovery with HIV is an AA 12 Step Meeting especially for men & women in recovery who are also HIV positive. Share your experience, strength, and hope in a safe place. Meetings are only for those in recovery (NA welcome).


Mondays at 7:30 p.m. St. Malachi Center 2416 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. For more info, please visit or contact one of the following trusted members:

Tamra P: 216-235-6204 | Brent R: 216-673-5886 | Jeff S: 216-659-9333


National HIV League Scholarship 

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The requirements are:

  • You are living with HIV

  • You have an unweighted GPA of at least 2.5

  • You will be enrolled in an institution of higher education for at least two consecutive years beginning with the Fall 2018 semester

  • You are going to an institution of higher education in the United States or a United States territory. American citizenship is not a requirement

To apply, click here


LGBTQ Senior Support

LGBTQ seniors can feel isolated and disconnected. Finding supportive community can help.


Jewish Family Service 

Jewish Family Service welcomes all LGBT seniors. JFS can provide individual and group support and outreach programs. Our social events provide a safe and nurturing space for the LGBTolder adults in our community to help build relationships, talk about their experiences, gain support and overcome isolation. If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, please contact us!


SAGE Cleveland 

The group serves members who are 50 years of age and older, and is open to the community. The sessions include chair-based, low impact exercises followed by lunch.   Monday & Wednesday Schedule   11:00 AM – 11:30 AM : Coffee and informal group discussion  11:30 AM – 12:00 PM : Arthritis Association Exercises  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM : FREE lunch and dessert  1:00 PM – 1:30 PM : Card games (Bridge, Euchre, Canasta, Hearts)   Friday Schedule  Free chair-yoga provided by   Pink Lotus Yoga     from  11:45 AM - 1:00 PM.   Additionally we travel to various places within the Greater Cleveland area. These excursions are a way for LGBT seniors to attend events while experiencing a sense of community.  Contact Mary Beth Bartholomew at  216.651.5428  or by email at  for more information.

The group serves members who are 50 years of age and older, and is open to the community. The sessions include chair-based, low impact exercises followed by lunch.

Monday & Wednesday Schedule
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Coffee and informal group discussion
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Arthritis Association Exercises
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: FREE lunch and dessert
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Card games (Bridge, Euchre, Canasta, Hearts)

Friday Schedule
Free chair-yoga provided by Pink Lotus Yoga from 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM.

Additionally we travel to various places within the Greater Cleveland area. These excursions are a way for LGBT seniors to attend events while experiencing a sense of community.

Contact Mary Beth Bartholomew at 216.651.5428 or by email at for more information.

Counseling Services

Whether you need therapy sessions or a medical transition letter, finding a culturally competent counselor is important.


Safe Space Counseling 

Amy Moore-Ramirez is one of very few Gender Specialists in Counseling in the State of Ohio and is a proud Trans-Affirmative Counselor for children, adolescents, and adults exploring and actualizing their gender identity and performance.

Amy and her associates approach counseling in a way that embraces a positive view of LGBTQ identities and relationships and address the negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of LGBTQ clients.

For more information, find Amy here.


SUN Behavioral

SUN Behavioral in Columbus prioritizes community partnerships to solve the unmet needs of those who suffer from mental illness and addiction. They offer a 144-bed psychiatric hospital in Columbus, along with a full continuum of specialized care, including programs for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.

Culturally competent care for the LGBTQ community is a crucial component of SUN Behavioral’s mission. In 2018, Sun Behavioral opened the first LGBTQ-specific mental health care unit in Ohio.

Career & Personal Counseling

The Psychology Department Counseling Clinic at The University of Akron provides individual counseling for personal and/or vocational concerns. Clients seeking counseling for anxiety, depression, career change, relationship problems, oppression/discrimination and general life dissatisfaction are welcome. Clients with career concerns can explore their interests and career options. Student and non-student adults who are not actively suicidal, psychotic, or court-ordered to receive therapy are welcome. 

All services through The Psychology Department of Counseling Clinic at The University of Akron are confidential and free of cost. The Clinic is staffed by counseling graduate students who are supervised by a licensed psychologist. Therefore, all sessions at the clinic are videotaped for supervision purposes only. 

Hours of Operation:
During the academic year: 9am – 5pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 2pm – 5pm Tuesday and Thursday. Closed on weekends, holidays, and university breaks. During the first two summer sessions (mid-May through mid-July), the clinic is open; however, the reception desk is not routinely staffed. Therapists are responsible for making the proper arrangements with their clients prior to sessions, and all phone calls are received via voicemail. During the third summer session (mid-July through August), the clinic is closed.

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences Building Room 342
290 E. Buchtel Ave (corner of Buchtel Avenue and College Street)
Akron, Ohio 44325
P: 330-972-6714 
Website: Psychology Department Counseling Clinic

PrEP Resources

Learn about the medication to help prevent the transmission of HIV


PrEP Basics

PrEP is short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and is a medication regimen to reduce the likelihood of contracting HIV. A once daily pill can be 92%-100% effective at preventing HIV. Currently, the only medication that has been FDA-approved to be used as PrEP is Truvada®, which combines emtricitabine and tenofovir. PrEP requires a prescription as well as special health considerations.


PrEP does NOT protect against other sexually transmitted infections and is NOT a vaccine.    

PrEP is different than PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis. PEP is a sort of morning-after pill for HIV and must be taken within 72 hours of possible HIV exposure. If someone who is HIV negative and not already taking PrEP experiences sexual violence or has sex without a condom with someone who might be living with HIV, they should reach out to a doctor or local AIDS Service Organization about starting PEP. PEP is a 30 day prescription of powerful anti-HIV medications and should only be taken when necessary. 

For more information: Let's Talk About PrEP    

Need help paying for PrEP? 

Check out options from Truvada here

Trans Support

Health providers, support groups, social clubs, and advocacy organizations for transgender individuals

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Physicians & Counselors

TransOhio has compiled a list of counselors, endocrinologists, general practitioners, and surgeons who accept transgender patients/clients. View the list here.



TransAlive is a support group that exists to build respect and understanding for all gender issues.


Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of every month
Fairlawn West UCC
2095 W. Market St. Akron, 44313
Facilitated by Jake Nash.

Contact Jake & Erin Nash via email or 330.240.1600.


Trans Support Alliance

(online community)

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Trans Support Alliance is an all inclusive group whose primary goal is to support, uplift and educate each other about solutions to the issues that face the trans community and allies.

Find the Facebook community here


Trans*Fusion - Kent State University 


Trans*Fusion is a group on the Kent State University main campus for trans-identified students and students that are allies to the transgender community.
All are welcome!


We meet Thursdays on the third floor of the Kent State Student Center. For details on room location, please visit

Social Media

Twitter: @ksutransfusion

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TransOhio serves the Ohio transgender and ally communities by providing services, education, support and advocacy which promotes and improves the health, safety and life experience of the Ohio transgender individual and community.

Visit their Facebook page here

For more information on TransOhio, visit their website here


Sexual Health 

A safer sex guide for transgender and gender expansive people, and for our partners and lovers.


Read the full article here


Substance Misuse/Addiction and the LGBTQ Community

Information about the LGBTQ community and addiction

Often due to discrimination and prejudice, LGBTQ people experience greater risk of substance misuse, compared to cisgender/straight individuals.

Approximately 20 to 30 percent of the LGBTQ community misuses substances, compared to nine percent of the general population.

Here are some community-based and non-profit resources available for LGBTQ people, and others, who have a problem with substance misuse.

B. Riley Sober House

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Established in 2016, B. Riley Sober House in Cleveland caters entirely to LGBTQ people and allies who are experiencing problems with substance misuse. Services include Residential Treatment, Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP), support groups, and sexual health programming.

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12-Step Meetings

Here is a list of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings in Ohio, which specifically welcome LGBTQ people and allies.

Project DAWN

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Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) focuses on overdose prevention. Participants learn how to recognize overdoses and administer Naloxone (NARCAN).  

More info here.

Community-Based Detox, Residential, and Outpatient Programs

There are several recovery programs and facilities in Summit and Portage Counties, including detox, inpatient treatment, outpatient programs, sober living, and counseling.

Learn more:

Summit County

Portage County

General information about substance misuse and treatment options.

Want more resources? Give us a call at 330.252.1559 or email us!