LOCAL RESOURCES: (clickable links)
Townhall II in Kent offers mental Health counseling, a medical clinic and HIV testing for uninsured and low-income people, as well as a 24-hour help line for suicide prevention and intervention; rape crisis; domestic violence; drug/alcohol concerns; family problems; grief/loss; life stressors; information and referrals; or when you don't know where to call: 330-678- HELP (330-678-4357) or 1-866-449-8518 Toll Free.
The Akron Pride Center, or Canapi
The Akron Pride Center, or Canapi, advocates for the rights of the LGBT community, serves as a safe meeting location for several LGBT organizations, and hosts seminars, educational meetings and social events. All of our groups and activities encourage the inclusion of diversity from within the LGBT community.
PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
This is the Akron website of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, located in Washington, D.C.
Greater Cleveland LGBT community links
Cleveland has a wealth of resources for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transexual residents, and this site has links to many of them. Read here about community centers, college centers, and community outreach programs for the Greater Cleveland LGBT community as well as their family and friends.
The Akron AIDS Collaborative (AAC) and the Ujima Empowerment House
This HIV/AIDS community-based program specifically serves African Americans and other minorities. At the Ujima Empowerment House, people can increase their knowledge and skills and discuss beliefs in an atmosphere of safety, acceptance and social support. This project aims to help participants understand the dual identity issues of black gays and the factors which can lead to negative feelings and risky behaviors. The mission of the AAC is to broaden the network of caring organizations in the minority community, to influence social norms that contribute to the prevention of HIV/AIDS, and to increase advocacy for social services for people of color who are living with HIV/AIDS and people who have suffered from sexual orientation stigma within the African American community. To those ends, the Akron Brother Circle provides workshops on topics such as health relationships, homophobia and stigma, religion and culture.