HELLO CLEVELAND.

Welcome to the new LGBT Community Center website.
We designed it just for you, because we think you are pretty awesome. Stay awesome. ❤️

Welcome to the new LGBT Community Center website.
We designed it just for you, because we think you are pretty awesome. Stay awesome. ❤️

HELLO CLEVELAND.

Welcome to the new LGBT Community Center website. We designed it just for you, because we think you are pretty awesome. Stay awesome. ❤️

Welcome to the new LGBT Community Center website. We designed it just for you, because we think you are pretty awesome. Stay awesome. ❤️

HELLO CLEVELAND

We're Getting a New Center!

Coming 2018

We're Getting a New Center!

Coming 2018

NEW! Featured Partner Program

Support the center as a Featured Partner, get exposure throughout our site!

NEW! Featured Partner Program

Give Support, Get Support!

Cleveland Pride in the CLE

Pride in the CLE 2018

Thank You for Making it Amazing!

Pride in the CLE 2018

Thank You for Making it Amazing!

SAGE Cleveland LGBT

SAGE Cleveland

50 Years Young & Up Social Group

SAGE Cleveland

50 Years Young & Up Social Group

LGBTQ Youth Programs Cleveland

Youth Programs

Support Group for 11-20 Year Olds

Youth Programs

Support Group for
11-20 Year Olds

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Our Stories,
Our Pride

“I originally started volunteering with the Center through the Living Room, which was a safe space for people living with AIDS and HIV to share their crisis and to support one another.”

Our Stories,
Our Pride

“I originally started volunteering with the Center through the Living Room, which was a safe space for people living with AIDS and HIV to share their crisis and to support one another.”

Featured Events

Watercolor with SAGE

August 15, 2018, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Calling all LGBTQ+ seniors ages 50 or better! Join SAGE for a watercoloring group! All levels of skill...

Intergenerational Cookout

August 15, 2018, 5:00 pm - 11:50 pm
Calling all LGBTQ+ seniors ages 50 or better! Join SAGE for a watercoloring group! All levels of skill...

Stolen Moments: Intergenerational LGBTQ+ Storytelling

August 22, 2018, 7:00 pm - 11:50 pm
Hear, in theatrical style, the compelling narratives of multiple generations of the LBGTQ+ movement as The LBGT Center...

Support The Center

We are the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. We believe in the power of coming together for the greater good of all individuals. While rewarding, the work we do is not for the faint of heart, it takes courage and it takes conviction. Everyday we learn more about the positive impact we have on our community, but we also witness the daily struggles of those who so desperately need our support. The staff and volunteers at the LGBT Community Center shine with dedication and big hearts, but we have a very small budget. Your support makes it possible to educate those who seek knowledge; to provide a place promoting safe, positive sexual awareness and health; and most importantly your support provides a community for people of all ages, genders, and orientations.

 

Help us continue our efforts in creating the community and the society we know we can be.

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Make a Donation

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Become a Volunteer

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Schedule a Training

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Shop at the Pride Store

LGBT Center Featured Partner:

About The Center

Since 1975, The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland has been serving the needs of the LGBT+ community in Northeastern Ohio. The Center has had multiple places that it has called home over the past 40 years. The first installment, the Gay Education and Awareness Resources Foundation (GEAR) met in various members' homes and utilized the Free Clinic for programs. In 1977, the GEAR had a brief stay in the Coventryard Building before an electrical fire destroyed the building. GEAR then moved briefly downtown to New Dimensions Disco for two years. The next stop was in Tremont in 1980 in the former Bernard's Furniture Store (now a parking lot next to Grumpy's.) From 1982 to 1988, GEAR met at a board member's home in Ohio City before adopted the new name and buildings space as the Lesbian Gay Community Service Center on West 29th. Finally, in 2000, the most recent move was made to Gordon Square and our current name, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland was adopted in 2005.

LGBT Center Programs

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Health & Wellness

Programs include, free HIV Testing on-site. Trauma Focused Support, Free Alternative Clinic, Senior Chair Yoga, and so much more!

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Youth & Young Adult

QYOU (Queer Youth Initiative), is our LGBTQ affirming youth and young adult program for ages 11-20. This program meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00-7:30PM. Our activities range from group discussions, interactive games, guest speakers, movie screenings, art activities, karaoke and more!

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Community Groups

The Center hosts a variety of support, discussion, and activity groups run by community members and based on identity or interest. All groups are drop-in based. No registration is necessary.

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SAGE

In addition to the Monday, Wednesday and Friday Drop-in services, SAGE Cleveland plans outings to local cultural institutions, seasonal dances and training and educational programs.

Training Programs

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Direct Service Provider

Professionals trained in LGBTQ+ sensitivity stand out to LGBTQ+ people and are likely to see improved patient/client satisfaction.

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Educators

Sensitivity training prepares educators to address the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals, creating a space where students can thrive academically and socially.

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Employers

Sensitivity training benefits both businesses and their employees, fostering stronger relationships within the workplace.

News/Blog

Stolen Moments: An Intergenerational Conversation with Cleveland’s LGBTQ+ Community

The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland (The Center) is proud to partner with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to present Stolen Moments, a theatrical, multi-media storytelling event featuring an intergenerational group of LGBTQ+ community members. The production includes the compelling narratives of a multigenerational group of LGBTQ+ trailblazers in a celebration of the movement for LGBTQ+ equality.  A ...

Meet the LGBTQ+ Representative on Cleveland’s Community Relations Board, Sherry Bowman

Sherry Bowman is a native Clevelander who has been a longstanding activist and organizer for the LGBTQ+ and ...

7 Things To Look For (or Advocate For) In An LGBTQ-Affirming School

John Licatatiso, Training Coordinator It’s back to school season! As students both young and old are heading to ...

5 Reasons Youth are Taking A Vow of Silence

4/13/2018   Eric Hayes, Communications and Development Coordinator April 27th is the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ...

The Center Secures Future with Cleveland Foundation Organizational Fund

4/30/2018 Each day, as The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland (The Center) fulfills its mission to enrich ...

Our Stories, Our Pride

Meet Artima

“There are people very willing to help other people who don’t know how to move and manuver through life with a sense of direction.”

Artima is a participant in the Youth and Young Adult (YOYA) program at the Center, and has been a part of numerous Pride celebrations and other community events. Artima is currently working with a Center volunteer to prepare for her final GED test.

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