The University of Akron and the Akron community offer a number of resources for LGBTQ+ members of our community, students who are exploring questions of identity, and for people on campus looking to support LGBTQ+ students and colleagues.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Union of Akron provides a community space for all students under the LGBTQ+ spectrum as well as provide education on a variety of subjects for both queer students and allies alike.
Pride in STEMM
Organization focusing on LGBTQ+ students in STEMM disciplines focused on building community, raising awareness, and fighting for equity.
Gay-Straight Law Alliance
The Gay-Straight Law Alliance of Akron Law shall endeavor to foster ideals of tolerance, respect, understanding, and equality in the community regarding the legal downs and privileges of all people, primarily focusing on those individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or intersex.
Gay-Straight Alliance at Wayne College
The Wayne College Gay-Straight Alliance Club (WCGSA) is a service/learning organization providing students of all races, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation a safe place. The purpose of a GSA is to provide students, a club/organization on campus where they feel safe and secure with others who will not judge them for who they are or how they identify themselves.
Switching your chosen name mid-semester & how to have the conversation with professors
We know that approaching your professors may feel uncomfortable while transitioning. Sending an email could help make the conversation easier. Emails can be useful in explaining a difference in chosen name or pronouns than they may have previously known you by or that is on their class roster.
An example email might look like:
Dear Professor _________,
I am a student in your (insert class name here). I am contacting you today to let you know I had previously used the name (insert legal name here). My name shows up on your roster as (insert legal name here), but my chosen name is (insert chosen name here). My pronouns are (insert pronouns here). I will be putting (insert chosen name here) on my assignments and would appreciate it if you called me that in class. Thank you for your support.
Summa Health Pride Clinic: Holistic Healthcare from providers trained in LGBTQ+ unique health needs and committed to meeting those needs
Margie’s Hope: Provides community and support to transgender, nonbinary, and Gender nonconforming individuals, partners, and families around the greater Akron community
TransOhio: TransOhio serves the Ohio transgender and ally communities by providing services, education, support, and advocacy, which promotes and improves the health, safety and life experience of the Ohio transgender individual and community.
CANAPI: Akron based community organization that serves and promotes the well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community and persons at risk and/or affected by HIV through education, support services, quality housing, and advocacy.
Equality Ohio Legal Clinic free legal clinic offering help with name change and paperwork, consumer, family, and civil downs law and administrative help.
Equitas Health LGBTQ+ positive hospital system
WAKE Food Bank WAKE Food Bank is a Trans owned and operated organization that provides food assistance to those in need in Northeast Ohio. Their services are free, discreet, and secular. No proof of income or employment required.
PFLAG Akron Support group for family and friends of the LGBTQ+ community
Plexus LGBT & Allied Chamber of Commerce networking and education group for professionals
Hope and Healing - Resources for survivors
Akron Pride Festival - Unify and affirm the LGBTQ+ community and allies in celebrating diversity and promoting acceptance of all individuals by defending human equity.
Out in Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics organization for LGBTQ+ students and professionals in the STEM fields
GLSEN Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network researches and develops resources for the classroom
GLAAD Guidance for media and storytellers, evaluates media representation, and maintains language guides and glossaries
National Black Justice Coalition NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma.
National Center for Transgender Equality NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice
TransLatin@ Coalition The mission of TransLatin@ Coalition (TLC) is to advocate for the specific needs of the Trans Latin@ community that resides in the U.S.A. and to plan strategies that improve our quality of life.
Dignity USA – LGBTQ+ Catholics
Keshet – for LGBTQ+ Jewish people
MPVUSA- LGBTQ+ Muslims
Gaychurch.org -Lists open and affirming churches in your area. Based on zip code. Also includes resources.
Model acceptance, especially if you are in a leadership role.
To support students:
To support colleagues:
Photo by: Mari Pykus, student in Myers School of Art at The University of Akron
The below resources are for further learning and exploration and represent a variety of experiences and viewpoints.
How to be an Ally
Podcasts and short videos
Film/ TV/ web series