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Youth & Young Adult


QYou (Queer Youth Initiative) is a safe and affirming place for LGBTQ youth ages 11-20. Our weekly programming offers unique, identity-based activities that will increase access to helpful resources, develop peer-to-peer empowerment, and integrate life readiness skill development.  At QYou, we work to collaborate and provide youth with a network of support and opportunities to express themselves, make new friends, and engage with the LGBTQ community.  Allies of the LGBTQ community are also welcome in this space!

QYou is a peer-based collaboration that works to provide identity affirmation and guidance.  This program is here to provide you with a space to meet other LGBTQ youth and allies, explore your identity and learn ways to be your best, most authentic self!

For more information about QYou, contact Jackson Siegel at jsiegel@lgbtcleveland.org or at (216) 651-5428 x 102

Program Highlights

  • Artistic Workshops (theater, crafting, fine arts, etc.)
  • Guest speakers from the greater Cleveland Community
  • Access to games, TV, wii, and cyber center
  • Group Discussions (topics created by both you and staff!)
  • College Prep/Homework Help
  • Job/Life Skill Workshops
  • HIV awareness/comprehensive sex education + materials
  • Access to community partnerships and opportunities
  • Youth Internships (video projects, art projects and more)
  • Staff Mentorship
  • Group Support


1:00 - 5:00 PM: Drop-In & Free Time (Cyber Center, TV, Games)
5:00: Check In/Scheduled Program
6:15 PM: Pantry Opens
6:30 - 7:30 PM: Scheduled Program


1:00 - 5:00 PM: Drop-In & Free Time (Cyber Center, TV, Games)
5:00: Check In/Scheduled Program
6:15 PM: Community Meal
6:30 - 7:30 PM: Scheduled Program


1:00 - 5:00 PM: Drop-In & Free Time
5:00: Check In/Scheduled Program
6:15: Pantry Opens
6:30 - 7:30 PM: Scheduled Program


Join Our Youth & Young Adult Facebook Group


Transpire is a community group for transgender, non-binary, gender fluid, a gender, and gender questioning individuals (ages 11-20).

Join us for discussion and support around gender identity and exploration.  We discuss the experience of gender as a spectrum and work together to discover affirming options and resources that are unique to our gender identities.

Transpire is a support group for individuals navigating their gender identity and expression, experiences with transitioning, and a place to get information and resources that may assist your LGBT journey.  Through group discussion we will create a community network of experiences and a safe space for people to be themselves.

  • Transpire is on hiatus throughout the months of October and November. Group will resume meetings in December. Keep an eye out for details!

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