Geauga SOGI Support Network
Working together with individuals, families, friends, and the Geauga community to embrace Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. We support each other through collaboration, education, and advocacy.
Welcome to Geauga SOGI
Established in April 2020, we are the first SOGI (aka LGBTQ+) organization in our county. Our goal is to increase community support, knowledge, understanding, and inclusion. We offer programs and training, which include partnerships with local resources, and with established regional and 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.
If you are struggling and you need to talk to someone, please reach out!
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 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
News and Upcoming Parent Groups, Topical Discussions, and Events
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 is pleased to announce Pride In Geauga to be held in Burton’s Century Village! We sincerely hope you can join us to support this free, family-friendly event. Come to learn, obtain resource information, engage, and celebrate! Click here for a complete list of exhibitors and sponsors.
Activities: an Exhibitor’s tent, music, Pride temporary tattoos, a craft area for kids, yard games, kites, and bubbles. A magician will perform from 2:30-3:00, and then for individuals.
Food: Hawaiian Guys BBQ, Java on Wheels, and a cupcake truck. Water bottles will be provided free.
For Sale: small Pride flags, ribbon streamers, Geauga SOGI t-shirts
Parking: You may park on the south end of Burton Square and walk to entrance Gate 1, or use the Century Village parking lot off S. Cheshire St. / Rte 168, then walk to Gate 2. If this lot is full, signs will direct you to additional parking by Gate 3. Look for our welcome banners at the two main entrances.
In case of rain: there will be two 20 x 40 tents, and also tents at Gate 3 and over the craft tables. We will have access to the church basement on the property.
Recurring Support Groups
Youth Peer Support / Social Groups – read more
Our High School Group (grades 9 through 12) generally meets on the first Monday from 5:00 – 6:30PM.
Our Middle School Group (grades 6 through 8) generally meets on the second Monday from 5:30 – 7:00PM.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Support Group for Parents/Guardians of Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming Persons – read more
This group formed in October 2021 at the request of several parents, and has continued to meet monthly ever since. Please email us at email@example.com for details.
Topical Discussion Group – read more
Our Topical Discussion Group generally meets online via Zoom on the second Wednesday every other month (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov) from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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