Counseling and Suicide Prevention
Drug/Alcohol Recovery and Support
Trans Resource Directory
Columbus/Central Ohio LGBTQ Organizations
AIDS Healthcare Foundation Pharmacy – Medicare, Medicaid, ADAP* & most private insurance plans accepted. Hassle-free filling of any prescription in-store, by phone & e-prescribing. Speedy, confidential and personalized service. Offers free HIV testing.
Equitas Health – Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio) is a not-for-profit community-based healthcare system founded in 1984. Its expanded mission will make it one of the nation’s largest HIV/lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations.
BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization) – BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetuated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification through prevention, advocacy, violence documentation and survivor services.
Columbus Urban Pride – The mission of Columbus Urban Pride is to provide a safe space for celebration of racial diversity within LGBTQ communities in Columbus, OH.
Equality Ohio – Statewide organization working to secure equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Ohioans.
Kaleidoscope Youth Center – The mission of Kaleidoscope Youth Center is to provide advocacy, education, support and a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in Central Ohio.
Out of the Closet – Local thrift store that benefits the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and offers free HIV testing daily and STI testing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 – 7 PM.
P-FLAG Columbus – Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Rainbow Sisters – a social and community-oriented group for lesbian womyn age 40 and over.
Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio – Organizing, educating and energizing the GLBT community to work for, support and elect these Democratic candidates.
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.
National LGBTQ Organizations
Center Link – an organization to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement.
GLAAD – Gay and Lesbian Alliance Agaist Defamation “GLAAD is a national organization that promotes fair, accurate and inclusive representation as a means of challenging discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity.”
GLSEN – The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, is working to ensure safe and effective schools for all students.
Human Rights Campaign – The HRC is the nation’s largest gay and lesbian political organization. Be sure to check out the HRC Links page – very comprehensive!
LAMBDA Legal Defense – “The nation’s oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS.”
National LGBTQ Task Force – The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.
The NAMES Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt – “Our mission: To use the AIDS Memorial Quilt to help bring an end to AIDS.”
The Queer Resources Directory – The QRD contains over 20,000 files about anything and everything queer, including families, youth, politics, resources, media, and more.
P-FLAG – Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Commercial LGBTQ Resources
Outsports.com – Outsports.com, a California-based organization established in November 1999, was founded by a journalist and an entertainment executive with a combined 23 years of experience.
PlanetOut – News, shopping, entertainment, and more for the GLBT community world wide!
GAY.COM – An international news, shopping, entertainment, and more!
OUT.com – OUT magazine online.
gaytravel.com – International travel web site serving the GLBT community.
Advocacy and Political Organizations
Each and every member of the LGBTQ community can help make a difference. You don’t have to be an activist you just have to be active. Here are some resources to help you.
Equality Ohio – Equality Ohio advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network – Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBT students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Join us as we transform our nation’s K-12 schools.
HRC – As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality.
LAMBDA Legal Defense – Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Log Cabin Republicans – Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s original and largest organization representing gay conservatives and allies who support fairness, freedom, and equality for all Americans. Log Cabin Republicans has state and local chapters nationwide, full-time staff in Washington, DC, a federal political action committee, and state political action committees.
National Center for Transgender Equality – The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
National LGBTQ Task Force – The Task Force creates change by building LGBT political power from the ground up.
OutServe – Servicemembers Legal Defense Network – OutServe-SLDN represents the U.S. LGBT military community worldwide. Our mission is to: educate the community, provide legal services, advocate for authentic transgender service, provide developmental opportunities, support members and local chapters, communicate effectively, and work towards equality for all.
Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio – Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio was established in 1997 for the purpose of ensuring sensitivity, understanding and support for issues of importance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) and Allied Community
Don’t know who your elected officials are? Find out at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
Stonewall Columbus Counseling – Stonewall Columbus provides therapy to individuals, couples, families, and youth. Stonewall Columbus in-house counseling does not accept private insurance or medicare. Priority goes to the uninsured or those on Medicaid. For individuals with private insurance seeking help, please see the link below.
Contact: (614) 299-7764
Lavender Listings – Lavender Listings is an LGBTQ business directory compiled by Stonewall Columbus.
Suicide Prevention/Crisis Intervention
National Suicide Prevention Hotline – The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Phone: 1 (800) 273-8255
Trans Lifeline – This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender. While our goal is to prevent self harm, we welcome the call of any transgender person in need. We will do our very best to connect them with services that can help them meet that need. If you are not sure whether you should call or not, then please call us. Hotline is staffed by the true experts on transgender experience, transgender people themselves. All volunteers are trans identified and educated in the range of difficulties transgender people experience.
Phone: (877) 565-8860
The Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ Youth – Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. The Trevor Project operates a phone lifeline, online chat, and text service.
Trevor Lifeline: (866) 488-7386
TrevorText: Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
National LGBTQ Hotline – The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) National Hotline provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. All services are free and confidential.
Phone: 1 (888) 843-4564
Crisis Text Line – Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
Text 4HOPE to 741741
Drug/Alcohol Recovery Support Groups
Gay, Joyous, and Free Narcotics Anonymous Every Saturday 7:30 p.m.
NEW LOCATION: Meets at St Stephens Episcopal Church, 30 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210
A weekly support group of LGBTQ individuals who are struggling with and/or recovering from drug addiction.
Sober, Strong and Free Lesbian Group Alcoholics Anonymous Every Friday 7:30 p.m.
Meets at Central Office Meeting Room, 645 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
A weekly support group offering hope and help to alcoholic lesbian and bisexual women.
Drummers Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Meetings
Meets at New Life UMC, 25 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
LGBT-Friendly AA Meetings
Weekly Meeting Schedule: https://stonewallcolumbus.org/programs/recovery-groups/drummers-alcoholics-anonymous
Brothers and Sisters Every Tuesday 6:30 p.m.
Meets at Livingston UMC, 200 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, OH 43215
Drug/Alcohol Recovery Services
B.Riley Sober House – The B.Riley Sober home is an LGBTQ+ sober living facility in Cleveland Ohio. They provide all members of the LGBTQ+ community and our allies a temporary, safe, affirming, recovery orientated living space. They offer Alcohol & Drug Treatment Services, Mental Health Assessment & Treatment, as well as Psychotherapy through our outside partnerships to help each individual along his or her journey into long term recovery from substance abuse issues.
Contact: (216) 280-8265
PRIDE Institute – PRIDE Institute is committed to providing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people a road to recovery through evidence-based substance abuse, sexual health, and mental health treatment. This intensive outpatient program is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Contact: (800) 547-7433
Groups – Groups is a community of physicians and counselors that offer affordable and convenient help. Groups provides medication (Suboxone) and weekly therapy sessions with other people recovering from opiates.
Contact: (800) 683 8313
Addiction Center – AddictionCenter.com is a professional web guide that connects individuals struggling with addiction to treatment options. As you may know, an estimated 20-30% of the LGBTQ community abuses substances, compared to about 9% of the general population. Specific treatment plans for the LGBTQ community are suggested, as they show sensitivity to their specific needs, ultimately giving a better chance at success in recovery.
The Recovery Village – The Recovery Village is a comprehensive substance abuse and eating disorder treatment facility in Florida, offering a full continuum of care from a patients’ arrival. In addition to medical detox and acute medical stabilization, we offer nutrition monitoring and medical intervention, inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, sober housing accommodations, and aftercare. The Recovery Village prides itself on being an LGBTQ friendly and competent facility, ensuring that clients receive the unique care they deserve.