Did You Know?
About 72,000 LGBTQ+ youth (ages 13-17) live in Ohio. About 5,900 Ohio youth identify as transgender.

About This Page
Listed below are local and national resources with programs serving youth and young adults. Links are provided which target specific needs and conveniently take you directly to the optimal place on the affiliate’s website. We have also included suggestions for relevant books and articles. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you have suggestions, please email us at

The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network is a national non-profit organization that focuses on providing support for students in grades K-12. They can help with starting and running a GSA and have a national student council.

Student and GSA Resources

Human Rights Campaign
HRC is a national organization that advocates for the SOGI community. The HRC foundation supports LGBTQ+ individuals through a variety of programs.

Coming Out


College Students


The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for individuals on the SOGI spectrum who are under 25 years of age.

Suicide Prevention Resources

Coming Out Handbook

Ally Guide

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
The LGBT Center supports members of the LGBTQ+ community throughout the greater Cleveland area. The center has many different programs from support groups to advocate training for youth.

Queer Youth Initiative

Community Resources

Other Resources
Ultimate Campus Guide for LGBTQ Students

PFLAG offers a list of coming-out books.

216 Teens (Cuyahoga County Board of Health)

LifeAct (Chagrin Falls, OH)  understand more about depression and suicide

GSA Network

Planned Parenthood

It Gets Better Project

CDC LGBT Health Youth Resources

TRACE app (an easy-to-use application for folks in transition to better track their journey)

Dorian Gray Youth Foundation provides funding and resources to housing insecure LGBTQ+ youth (ages 12 – 24) in Northeast Ohio.

Books and Articles

Beyond Magenta
, Transgender Teens Speak Out – Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and represented them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. It illustrates how family dynamics, living situations, and gender influence the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

GLBTQ – The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teens – Kelly Huegel Madrone describes the challenges faced by GLBTQ teens, offers practical advice, real-life experiences, and accessible resources and support groups. First published in 2003, this latest provides a contemporary look at society and its growing acceptance of people who are GLBTQ.