Geauga SOGI Support Network
Engaging with individuals, families, friends, and the Geauga community, we embrace Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity through collaboration, education, and advocacy.
Welcome to Geauga SOGI
Established in April 2020, our goal is to increase community support, knowledge, understanding, and inclusion of LGBTQ individuals. We sponsor support groups, events, training, and partner with local resources and regional/national organizations. Privacy Notice
- The SOGI acronym seeks to change from labels to understanding and inclusion.
- Our logo illustrates the spectrum of diversity. All belong on the tree of life.
This group is FREE and open to residents of Geauga County and surrounding areas. Previous attendees should receive an email invite. If you do not receive an invite, or are a potential new attendee, please email us at email@example.com to obtain location information. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you!
News and Events (click here for past events)
There are no upcoming events.
If you are struggling and you need to talk to someone, please reach out!
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988 or 800-273-8255
Trevor Project: 866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
Text an anonymous crisis counselor: 741741
If someone you know is thinking about suicide, persuade them to talk. If you feel that danger is imminent, do not leave them alone – in Geauga, call
COPELINE at 440-285-5665 or 888-285-5665.
LifeAct (Chagrin Falls, OH): 844-604-5433
Ohio Bills Threaten Transgender Youth’s Access To Healthcare And Sports
HB454 Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act “to prohibit certain procedures to alter a minor child’s sex”.
HB 61 Save Women’s Sports Act and SB 132 Save Women’s Sports Act “to require schools, state institutions of higher education, and private colleges to designate separate single-sex teams and sports for each sex.”
HB 616 regarding the promotion and teaching of divisive or inherently racist concepts in public schools.
Geauga SOGI Support Network strongly opposes these bills and recommends those who agree to please contact their representatives and voice their opposition. Statements from other groups: Equality Ohio, PFLAG Dayton, WKYC News, Ohio Psychological Association.
Geauga SOGI Support Network hosted a ceremony and vigil in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which was started in 1999 by an advocate to honor the memory of a transgender woman who was murdered in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since this death, and began an important annual tradition.
Geauga SOGI Support Network organized and sponsored Pride In Geauga which was held in Burton’s Century Village! Activities included an exhibitor’s area, music, Pride temporary tattoos, a craft area for kids, yard games, kites, bubbles, and a magician! There was Hawaiian food, a beverage truck, a cupcake trailer, and free cold water. We also sold Geauga SOGI tee-shorts, flags, and ribbon streamers. Around 530 people came to this event.
Exhibitors: Geauga SOGI Support Network, Trans Ohio, Equality Ohio, Camp Lilac, Signature Health – LGBTQ Sexual Health, UH Hospital – LGBTQ+ & Gender Care, Cleveland Clinic LGBTQ+ Gender Health & Care, MetroHealth Pride Network, Kent Geauga, Federated Church -SJAM (Social Justice Advocacy Ministry), Bainbridge UCC Church, Community Church of Chesterland, Eastshore Unitarian Universalist Church, Lake Geauga Recovery Center – nicotine, vaping, marijuana, PFLAG Cleveland, League of Women Voters, Materials Only – Margie’s Hope, Colors Plus Youth Program
Sponsors: Parker Hannifin – Premier, Extra Betty – Balloon artist, Howling Print and Promo, Huntington Bank, Key Bank, Community Life Collaborative, Sloane Amplification, UH Hospitals, Metro Health, Camp Lilac, Cleveland Clinic LGBTQ+ Health & Care, Equality Ohio, Sirva Relocation and Moving, Tulip Tree Creative Studios
GSSN partnered with the CDFF for the PREMIERE showing of “Building a Bridge”, a film which provides a message of LGBTQ acceptance. Father James Martin advocates for a welcoming approach by the Catholic Church towards the LGBTQ community and begs the question “What would Jesus do?” Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_LgIcqe6rY
At this event, Geauga SOGI Support Network offered an in-depth overview of how and why we intend to provide supportive resources for individuals and families experiencing changes in sexual orientation and gender identity.
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