Coming out is when a person acknowledges, accepts and appreciates their sexual orientation or gender identity and starts to share it with others. Coming out can happen at any age, and that is okay. A person can choose to come out just to themselves or may be proud to express their LGBTQ+ identity. While the situation is different for everyone, it’s important to find resources that help to create a safe, welcoming space for all LGBTQ+ teens and allies.
Whether you are in need of counseling, support or just a safe place to talk, reach out to your local United Way office. The caring intake and referral specialists can instantly connect you with helpful resources throughout Stark County.
LGBTQ+ youth can connect with caring crisis intervention specialists 24 hours a day. Whatever challenges you’re facing, you are not alone. Help is just a phone call away.
1 (888) 843-4564
1 (800) 246-7743 (PRIDE)
1 (800) 273-8255 (TALK)
1 (877) 565-8860
1 (866) 488-7386
Receives calls from victims of crimes relating to the LGBTQ+ community and makes reports about how the community is affected and what changes should be made.
Find safe communities and learn about State policies throughout the U.S.
Northeast Ohio chapter information, news and updates.
HRC is the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.
Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth and their allies.
National health education resources for the LGBTQ+ community.
Find resources dedicated to addressing the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ people of color.
Youth homelessness support for young people in Cincinnati.
Comprehensive cultural competency training and technical assistance to service providers, community organizations, and law enforcement agencies across Ohio.
Youth homelessness support for young people in Columbus.
Education and advocacy to promote and improve the health, safety and quality of life for transgender individuals in Ohio.
Learn the dos and don’ts for working with students of color in the LGBTQ+ community.
Demystify the secret to becoming an ally for the LGBTQ+ community.
Learn about the world of people who are transgender and become a trusted ally.
Information to help the LGBTQ+ community to establish and own their spiritual identities.
Resources and information to help members of the LGBTQ+ community to express their faith.
Supporting LGBTQ+ people of faith along their spiritual journeys.
Survivor resources for Summit and Medina counties.
HIV support services and LGBTQ+ advocacy.
Find news, equality maps and information about issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.
Learn about the unique challenges facing LGBTQ+ people of color.
Leading the conversation for LGBTQ+ engagement and activism.
Free, confidential peer-to-peer support and resources.
Education, awareness, advocacy and support for the Northeast Ohio LGBTQ+ community.
A safe place where trans and gender variant youth can come and gain information and support.
Continuum of substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
National network of local crisis centers for people who have experienced rape, abuse and/or incest.
Resources and support for trans and gender non-conforming students
Find a substance use support group for LGBTQ+ individuals in Ohio.
Mental health resources for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Recovery resources for people struggling with mental health and addiction in Stark County.
National survey reports, agency and federal initiatives and related behavioral health resources.
Crisis support for LGBTQ+ youth including crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
Promoting acceptance of all individuals by defending human equity.
Celebrating and accepting all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
Bringing awareness, education and knowledge of the LGBTQ+ community to the general public in order to eliminate prejudice and discrimination.
Festival, events and parade to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride in Columbus.
Supporting the LGBTQ+ community through awareness, education and celebration.
An annual area celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and allied (LGBTQ+) community.
Local festival to show support for local members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Summer camp with the mission to provide a safe, welcoming space for transgender youth, ages 12-17.
Nonprofit LGBTQ+ youth center, providing a space for LGBTQ+ youth and allies to socialize, grow, learn and celebrate
Community center that with a mission to enrich the lives of the diverse LGBTQ+ community through advocacy, support, education and celebration.
Online community offering resources and support for LGBTQ+ youth and their families.
Advancing equality in Akron, Ohio through its mission of support, education and advocacy.
Support group in Wayne County for LGBTQ+ allies.
Encouragement for members of the Northeast Ohio transgender community.
Peer support group for transgender people and allies.
A transgender support group that holds regular support group meetings in Cleveland and Akron that are open to everyone.
Ask an ally about helpful strategies for coming out to your friends and loved ones. Adults who display rainbows in their offices, wear pins to show their support, or have Safe Zone stickers are likely good places to turn. Learn about ways to find an ally or to become an ally yourself.