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Resources

There are several large national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of GLBTQA people through legal action, support networks, educational material, and everything in between. Ohio Northern University also has multiple sources of information at the library in print and video.

Education

Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network
GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is a national education organization working to ensure safe schools for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. They are working to make anti-GLBT name-calling, bullying and harassment unacceptable in America's K-12 schools and ensuring that the national education agenda to ensure effective schools includes GLBT issues.

Campus PrideNet
Campus PrideNet is a national online community and resource network committed to student leaders and campus organizations who work to create a safer campus environment free of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism and genderism at colleges and universities. This is a great resource for student leaders on how to balance group activities, fundraising, ice breaker events, and general resources.

GLBT National Help Center
By calling 1 888 THE GLNH (843 4564), anyone can get free and confidential phone and email peer counseling, information, and local resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trangendered, and questioning caller throughout the United States.

Community

Stonewall Columbus
Stonewall Columbus serves the Central Ohio GLBT community by providing a community center and offering programming and services that enhance the well-being and visibility of our diverse community. They are a plethora of information including their own resources, business directory, events listings, action and volunteer network, and health information.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, education, and advocacy. Open Doors has cosponsored activities with PFLAG in Lima including caroling at Beverly Healthcare center and the premier of Inlaws and Outlaws.

Directory of GLBT College Groups
The HRC developed this directory to help LGBT student organizations share resources, information, and insight.

Religious

HeartStrong

HeartStrong is a non sectarian organization established to provide outreach to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and other persons adversely affected by the influence of all denominations of religious educational institutions.  HeartStrong is also committed to educating the public about the persecution of GLBT’s and others at religious educational institutions.  Marc Adams, author, president, and founder of HeartStrong spoke to members of Open Doors and Lima PFLAG Fall 2005.

Soulforce
Soulforce is an interfaith movement committed to ending spiritual violence perpetuated by religious policies and teachings against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people. We teach and employ the nonviolent principles of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. to the liberation of sexual and gender minorities.

King Avenue United Methodist Church
The congregation at King Avenue UMC has succeeded in opening our hearts, our minds and our doors to all people, including gay persons. In turn, we have strengthened our ministry and continue to move our congregation closer to the vision Jesus Christ held for his disciples. Located at 299 King Avenue Columbus, OH 43201.

Action

Human Rights Campaign
As America's largest gay and lesbian organization, the Human Rights Campaign provides a national voice on gay and lesbian issues. The Human Rights Campaign effectively lobbies Congress; mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities; invests strategically to elect a fair-minded Congress; and increases public understanding through innovative education and communication strategies.

Equality Ohio
The immediate priority for Equality Ohio is to mitigate the damage being done to the lives of Ohioans who are affected by anti-gay legislation. Ultimately, gaining full civil rights and legal recognition of our relationships and equal legal protections for our families is an important goal for Equality Ohio. Equality Ohio is a good source for finding out about political events in the area.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Againist Defamation
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.