CANAPI is proud to refer clients to outside resources. It is through this kind of collaboration that individuals are best connected to support services in their community.
LGBTQ Support Groups
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.
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
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.
Meditation is 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 North Springfield Presbyterian Church, third Thursday of the month at 7:15 p.m. Call 330.342.5825 for details.
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. While promotional materials specify Hispanic youth, all youth are welcome.
Sexual Assault Support Groups
Non-Offending Care Giver
Sexual Violence Survivor
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Learn about the Akron United ordinance here
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 save place with others just like us. Meetings are for those in recovery only (NA welcome).
Meetings are held every Monday at 7:30 p.m. St. Malachi Center 2416 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. Questions or inquiries please contact one of the following trusted members:
Tamra P: 216-235-6204
Brent R: 216-673-5886
Jeff S: 216-659-9333
Or visit www.aacleve.org for more information.
National HIV League Scholarship
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
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!
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 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (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.
Career & Personal Counseling
The Psychology Department Counseling Clinic at The University of Akron provides individual counseling for both personal and/or vocational/career 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 career-related interests and personal values, as well as gain information about relevant career options. Therapists also provide personality and vocational assessments to aid in the counseling process, when appropriate; assessments are done in conjunction with counseling sessions, not as a stand-alone resource. Students and members of the general public who are 18 years of age or older and are not actively suicidal, psychotic, or court-ordered to receive therapy are welcomed.
All services through The Psychology Department of Counseling Clinic at The University of Akron are free of cost and confidential. The Clinic is staffed by graduate students in training in the Collaborate Program of Counseling Psychology at The University of Akron. All therapists are supervised by a licensed psychologist, therefore all sessions at the clinic are videotaped for supervision purposes only.
Hours of Operation:
The Psychology Department Counseling Clinic is generally open from 9am – 5pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 2pm – 5pm Tuesday and Thursday during the regular academic year. The last appointment of the day begins as 4pm. During these hours the clinic reception desk is staffed by a student secretary. The clinic is closed on weekends, as well as during all University breaks and holidays. 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.
College of Arts and Sciences Building Room 342
290 E. Buchtel Ave (corner of Buchtel Avenue and College Street)
Akron, Ohio 44325
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.
PRE = BEFORE
EXPOSURE = COMING INTO CONTACT WITH HIV
PROPHYLAXIS = TREATMENT TO PREVENT AN INFECTION
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
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
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.
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 www.facebook.com/groups/ksutransfusion
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
A safer sex guide for transgender and gender expansive people, and for our partners and lovers.
Read the full article here
Substance Misuse/ Addiction
The LGBTQ Community and Addiction
From Addiction Center
Members of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community face a number of challenges that have contributed to a high rate of addiction.
An estimated 20 to 30 percent of the LGBTQ community abuses substances, compared to about 9 percent of the general population.
LGBTQ-specific treatment centers are sensitive to the needs of that community and address any underlying aspects that may have caused an addiction. This is instrumental to the recovery process.
Challenges the LGBTQ Community Faces
The LGBTQ community is prone to substance abuse at a disproportionate rate compared to that of the general population. This is due in part to a number of societally imposed obstacles that they face, often on a daily basis, that those who identify as heterosexual typically don’t.
A few of these challenges include:
- Discrimination or stigmatization based on sexual orientation
- Hate crimes; emotional abuse, threats, public humiliation or ridicule
- Rejection or shame from family or friends after coming out
- Loss of employment or not receiving promotions
- Internalized homophobia or self-hatred
Oftentimes, LGBTQ individuals will turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate from the prejudice they face in everyday society. Substances can help temporarily numb uncomfortable feelings they may be experiencing, such as depression, anxiety, anger or fear.
Common Co-occurring Disorders Among LGBTQ Community
An aspect that may provide internal conflict for members of the LGBTQ community is that oftentimes, they are forced to live a “closeted” life. This is where they hide their sexuality from others in fear of rejection, and lead a double life in regards to acting on their sexual orientation. Keeping one’s sexuality a secret is a big psychological toll that may lead to the development of mental or emotional conditions or disorders.
Common psychological or emotional disorders among the LGBTQ community include:
- Major depression
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- High levels of stress
- Suicide attempts or self-harming tendencies
In addition to the societal challenges they face, an LGBTQ individual may also be experiencing physical or health issues related to their sexuality. These can also contribute to an addiction and may include:
- Compulsive sexual behavior
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sex or HIV-related anxiety
- Sexual abuse or assault
Many individuals who identify as LGBTQ have a co-occurring mental or sexual disorder that either led to a substance abuse problem or is perpetuating this abuse. When considering which treatment option is best for an LGBTQ individual, there should be a focus on addressing any co-occurring disorders to allow for the highest chance of sustained sobriety while in recovery.
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