COMMUNITY & FAITH

Community Education Resources – read more
Religion and Faith Resources – read more

Did You Know?
Equitas Health, Equality Ohio, and Trans Ohio are large organizations working to support Ohio’s LGBTQ+ population. Many cities and counties also have LGBTQ+-focused community centers, youth centers, and other nonprofits.

About This Page
Listed below are local and national resources with programs serving to educate and inform the community at large, as well as resources addressing issues of faith and religion. Links are provided which target specific needs and conveniently take you directly to the optimal place on the affiliate’s website. Each section also includes suggestions for books and articles related to these topics. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you have suggestions, please email us at GeaugaSOGI@gmail.com.

Individuals, churches, and civic organizations are encouraged to contact us about training and other collaborative opportunities. Geauga SOGI partners with regional and national LGBTQ+ organizations who have completed research and well-developed curriculums.


Community Education Resources

LGBT Demographics in the US

Safe Zone Project – Learning

Planned Parenthood Definition of Gender Identity

Planned Parenthood Definition of Sexual Orientation

Cuyahoga Community College Safe Zone Ally

PFLAG Glossary of Terms


Books and Articles
(coming soon)

Religion and Faith Resources

Did You Know?
Many Ohio faith-based organizations from diverse religious traditions openly accept and affirm LGBTQ+ individuals and are actively working for nondiscrimination protections.

Religious Tolerance
Dignity USA for LGBTQ Catholics

HRC – Religious Exemptions – Right to Discriminate Laws in the US

HRC – Overview of Religions

HRC – Religion and Faith

UCC LGBTQ Ministries

The Reformation Project – Biblical Case for LGBTQ Inclusion

1946 – film that chronicles how a single word changed the course of modern history


Local Affirming Congregations
Community Church of Chesterland – 11984 Caves Rd, Chesterland, OH 44026  440-729-7898

East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church – 10848 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland, Ohio 44094  440-256-3400

Bainbridge Community United Church of Christ – 17751 Chillicothe Rd, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023  440-543-5117

Federated Church (UCC) – 76 Bell St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022  440-247-6490

Fairmount Temple Reform Judaism – 23737 Fairmount Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122

Kol HaLev Reconstructionist Jewish Community – 2245 Warrensville Center Rd # 215, Cleveland, OH 44118


Books and Articles

Building a Bridge
by Fr James Martin – a book on how the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.
view documentary film trailer

Center for American Progress – How Religion and LGBTQ Rights Intersect in Media Coverage

Public Religion Research Institute – Americans Show Broad Support for LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

Religious Freedom and Business Foundation – Religious Freedom and LGBT Rights