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!

Photo by Jordain Laird

Photo by Jordain Laird

Photo by Jordain Laird

Pride in the CLE 2018

Thank You for Making it Amazing!

Cleveland Pride in the CLE

LGBTQ Heritage Day

Thursday, October 11, 2018

LGBTQ Heritage Day

Thurs, Oct 11

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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.”

Featured Events

LGBTQ Heritage Day

October 11, 2018, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Annual awards ceremony honoring and celebrating LGBTQ+ individuals who have an ongoing commitment to the Greater Cleveland LGBTQ+...

In-House SafeZone Training

October 20, 2018, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The SafeZone Program is a visible network of individuals who are committed to creating a community of respect...

Intergenerational Halloween Extravaganza!

October 31, 2018, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Support The Center

Hello. 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:

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.”

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

Update: New Building Progress

So much has happened since our last construction update! We've poured a new driveway apron at the site. Footers have been poured and the masonry foundation has been laid. Electrical conduits have been installed. The elevator shaft and stairway walls have been built 2 stories high. In the coming week we expect to see a lot more progress. The stair ...

Take Control of the Narrative: VOTE

Eric Hayes, Communications and Development Coordinator The LGBTQ+ community comes together to celebrate, remember, and support each other ...

Victory in Cuyahoga County!

Eric Hayes, Communications and Development Coordinator On Tuesday, September 25th, the Cuyahoga County Council made history with the passage ...

Meet Kevin Schmotzer, LGBTQ+ Liaison to the City of Cleveland

Kevin Schmotzer has been working for the city of Cleveland for 20 years. He currently works for the ...

UPDATE: New Building Progress

A lot of progress has been made since our last update: The basement has been waterproofed, backfilled, and ...

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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