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Resources for LGBTQ+ Young People

We at The Buckeye Ranch want LGBTQ+ youth to have access to all the resources they need to overcome any difficulties they may face as a result of their sexuality and/or gender identity.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve been thinking about hurting myself. What should I do?

If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 866-488-7386. The trained counselors of The Trevor Project are there to support you 24/7.

I’m looking for an affirming community

Being true to yourself can be a very lonely experience if you don’t have a supportive, affirming community to share it with. Below are a few community groups that offer support groups or community-building spaces. Please look into their current COVID policies.

  • MOZAIC: Mozaic is a wellness program and community space for transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people.
  • Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC): This intentional, expressive community is youth-led. That means everything you’ll find at Kaleidoscope is designed for and by young people like you. Its diverse, experienced staff work alongside queer youth to create free programming, housing, and support services here in Columbus, and all over the state of Ohio.
    • QPOC is an affinity space for queer and trans youth of color, ages 12-20. Message @KYCohio on Instagram for a Zoom link or sign up by filling out the form.
    • Genderscope: If you’re trans, non-binary, gender variant, genderqueer, gender questioning, or any other non-cis identity, this space is just for you! Build new friendships as you share in experience and discuss topics related to gender identity and expression. For ages 12-20. Message @KYCohio on Instagram for a Zoom link or sign up by filling out the form.
    • KYC Discord Server: general chat space for LGBTQ+ youth 12-20. Sign up by filling out the form or messaging the server’s Instagram, @KYCohio.
    • Check out Kaleidoscope’s Speaking Queerly podcast, which examines pop culture, news, politics, and other topics that affect the LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults.
  • OCTOPUS LLC: Nonbinary Peer Support Groups (event pages via Facebook)
  • Check out our LGBTQ community page to hear other messages of solitary and to share your own experience.
  • Read others’ stories and share your own on Coming Out.
What if my parents don’t understand? How do I come out to them?

Coming out is a very personal, unique experience. No two stories are the same. It’s important to come out on your own terms and take care of yourself in the process. We highly encourage you to check out the resources below to help you prepare.

What if I don’t feel safe in my home?

If you’ve experienced verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, we encourage you to reach out to our friends at BRAVO for support.

My caregiver kicked me out and I don’t know what do.

If you are experiencing homelessness and between the ages of 14-24, contact our friends at Star House to learn about its drop-in center for youth and other resources for LGBTQ+ youth.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 24, Kaleidoscope Youth Center’s housing programs provide supportive housing for young people experiencing homelessness or unsafe housing.

What if I need help and don't know how to ask?/My adult doesn’t support me asking for help.

Mental health affects everyone, across all walks of life, but due to discrimination, mental health challenges are more likely to affect LGBTQ individuals. This can show up in many ways, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Finding a supportive, affirming adult in your life can be a key factor in leading a healthy, fulfilling life. This person can be anyone from a friend or family member to a neighbor or teacher. They can help you find the support you need, mental health or otherwise. If you do not have a supportive adult, below are some helpful resources to find support.

I’m getting bullied at school. How do I make my school more affirming and inclusive?
My spiritual community does not accept me because of my sexual orientation or gender identity. Where do I look for an affirming faith community?

Central Ohio:


Also see our Spiritual and Religious Trauma resources below.

I’m sexually active and don’t know who to talk to or ask questions of.

Inclusive sexual education is unfortunately lacking in many school systems. It’s important to have an affirming space to ask questions relevant to your identity and experience to stay healthy and safe. If you have questions, we encourage you to check out some of the Health Resources below and, if you feel safe doing so, reach out to a supportive adult in your life.

Asexual Resources

Trans Youth Resources

  • Genderscope is a space designed for trans, genderqueer, gender questioning, gender variant, non-binary and other non-cis identities to discuss important topics and build friendships. For ages 12-20. Message @KYCohio on Instagram for a Zoom link.

  • COLAGE unites people with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and/or asexual parent into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.

  • OCTOPUS LLC offers a Trans Peer Support Group for POC and other Transgender Peer Support Groups, all accessible via event pages onFacebook.

Trans Legal Resources
Other Resources

Spiritual and Religious Resources

Other Religious Resources
  • Ending and Reporting Conversion Therapy: The goal of this practice is to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. It is particularly harmful to youth and has often led to suicide.
  • HRC – Religion and Faith
  • PFLAG – Faith in Our Families
  • Transfaith: a national non-profit that is led by transgender people. It is a multi-tradition, multi-racial, multi-gender organization working to support transgender spiritual/cultural workers and their leadership in community.
  • Religious Institute – LGBTQ Equality
  • For the Bible Tells Me So: follows the story of a family who lost a gay child to suicide and offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.
  • Fish Out of Water: a 2009 documentary film by director Ky Dickens. The film showcases the seven Bible verses that are most often used to condemn homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Dickens spoke with ministers on both sides of the debate surrounding homosexuality and the Bible for the film.

Health Resources

Intimate Partner Violence and Survivor Support

The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) provides comprehensive individual and community programs for survivor advocacy and support to LGBTQI survivors of hate and bias violence, discrimination, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault.

If you or someone you know has experienced violence, threats, or intimidation, BRAVO can work with you to help ensure your safety and provide the support you need.

HIV/STI Support and Resources

Please note: HIV prevention materials and information may not be appropriate for all ages.

Legal Support

COVID-19 Resources

Ryleigh shares the importance of mental health and affirming spaces.

Get In Touch

Looking for more information about our resources for LGBTQ+ youth? Get in touch with us today.