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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!

The Pride Scholarship

Thanks to a gracious donor, The Center is able to provide an opportunity for LGBTQ+ students to further their dreams.

Financing higher education can often be a challenge for LGBTQ+ youth, especially when families are not supportive. According to The 2013 National School Climate Survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), LGBT students who experienced discrimination are more than three times more likely to have missed school than those who did not. Additionally, LGBT students who experienced LGBT-related victimization are more than twice as likely to report not pursuing post-secondary plans? But there's ways that we can help.


The Pride Scholarship will be awarded annually to one (1) eligible applicant between the age of 17-25 who is a resident of Ohio.  There are no restrictions on what type of post-secondary education this student is pursuing. Students at any university, community college, technical school, art school, or para-professional program are eligible. Applicants may apply annually as long as they are eligible. Candidates should have a relationship to the LGBTQ+ community to apply; this means LGBTQ-identified, ally, or family and/or friend of LGBTQ-individuals.


Applications for the 2018 Pride Scholarship have closed. Applications for 2019 will open in April, and the scholarship will be awarded on June 1st at Pride in the CLE.

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