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LGBTQ+ Resources

Around 30% of LGBTQ+ youth report family violence and around 4% are forced from their homes due to conflicts over their sexual orientation or gender identity. Furthermore, an estimated 43% of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness were forced from their homes due to these conflicts. As a result, around 30% of youth in foster care identify as LGBTQ+ (compared to 11.2 percent of the general foster care population.) LGBTQ youth also are more likely to experience abuse in foster care than peers.

When serving young people in foster care that are part of the LGBTQ+ community, it’s important that we always meet them where they’re at in their path to self-discovery to create a welcoming and affirming environment. In doing so, our CASA Volunteers create a relationship based on trust, allowing us to better advocate for their best interest throughout the entirety of their case.

This page is made possible through a grant from the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation

CASA is a safe and welcoming space for all LGBTQ+ volunteers and the youth we serve!

General and Educational Resources

Equality Ohio

It Gets Better Project

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, Inc., GLSEN Northeast Ohio

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO)

Safe Zone

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Trans Ohio

Star House Columbus- Youth Homelessness Support

Light House Youth & Family Services Cincinnati – Youth Homelessness Support

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health: National Resources

TransAkron (Provided by Gay Endowment FundPFlag Akron)

Kinnect: Chosen Affirming Family Program

Coming Out: A Handbook for LGBTQ Young People

Bayard Rustin LGBTQ+ Resource Center: Home of the Akron AIDS Collaborative

Support Group Resources

PFlag Akron

Trans Alive Akron

OutSupport Medina

Trans Ohio


Physical and Sexual Health Resources

New Center for Gender Affirming Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital

Summa Health Resources

Equitas Health

Planned Parenthood

Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative

The Importance of Gender Affirming Care for Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth

Straight for Equality (Trans Ally)


Mental Health & Substance Abuse Resources

Gay & Sober

The Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center


Phoenix Rising Behavioral Healthcare and Recovery, Inc.

The Trevor Project Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention

SAMHSA – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)

The Trans Lifeline

Caring for Transgender People with Severe Mental Illness


Akron Pride Festival

Cleveland Pride

Columbus Pride

Cincinnati Pride

Toledo Pride