LGBTQ+ People of Color

An LGBTQ+ person of color can face many forms of oppression in our society. By striving to recognize and understand the complex identities and experiences that shape each person, you can be better equipped to become an ally to someone facing discrimination. Below you’ll find helpful resources and tips on being an ally for an LGBTQ+ person of color in Stark County.

How to be a better ally to an LGBTQ+ person of color

If you’re feeling unsure about the best ways to advocate and show your support for an LGBTQ+ person of color, these strategies can help:

  • Challenge yourself to be culturally aware and learn about the unique concerns facing LGBTQ+ people of color. Ask them about their cultures and customs that are different than your own.
  • Acknowledge the biases these young people may be facing and encourage open discussions where they can share their feelings and experiences without judgment.
  • Be transparent about your status as an ally for LGBTQ+ people of color through Safe Zone certification, posters, flags or other visual cues.
  • Invite them to get involved with community events and activities where they can be surrounded by positive allies.
  • Support zero-tolerance by calling out biased behavior and intervening right away if you witness bullying or harassment.
  • Advocate for legislative policies that support the rights of people of color in the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Help connect LGBTQ+ people of color with local support groups and affirming agencies.
  • Learn about considerations when working with LGBTQ+ students of color.
Inclusive mental, physical and sexual health resources

CANAPI

The Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative is dedicated to HIV support services and LGBTQ advocacy.
759 W Market Street
1st Floor
Akron, OH 44303
Phone: (330) 252-1559
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm

COMPASS Rape Crisis

Mental health counseling services for all survivors of rape and sexual assault.
408 9th St. SW
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 452-1111
Hours: 24/7

Equitas Health

Providing supportive HIV/AIDS services for people in Stark and surrounding counties
400 Tuscarawas St. West
Suite 405
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 265-2008
Fax: (330) 754-4109
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Kessler Psychological Services

Services for grief, trauma, LGBTQ+ support, stress management and general mental health.
311 South Prospect Ave.
Hartville, OH 44632
Phone: (330) 877-2093
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Planned Parenthood: Canton Health Center

High-quality, affordable health care and education services:
  • LGBTQ+ services
  • Men’s health
  • STD testing, treatment and vaccination
  • Women’s health
2663 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone: (330) 456-7191
Fax: (330) 456-9679
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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9:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Relationship Center

Family and relationship counseling for individuals, couples and families.
7023 Mears Gate Dr. NW
Suite A
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 497-2452

Sky Witness Healing Arts

Mental health and psychiatric care in North Canton.
452 North Main St.
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 510-4921

The Trevor Project

Hotline: 1 (866) 488-7386