LGBTQIA Resources

Listed here, you will find some great LGBTQIA+ resources. You can also call or come to the library anytime we’re open, and we will help you find the resources you need—not just books but hotlines, websites, organizations, and more.

Don’t be afraid to ask!


Kaleidoscope Youth Center:

The KYC’s mission is to work in partnership with young people in Central Ohio to create safe and empowering environments for LGBTQ youth through advocacy, education and support. The center is located in the OSU campus area of Columbus.

Huckleberry House: 

The Huckleberry House provides a safe place and licensed crisis counselors for young people in the Central Ohio area. If you can get to a White Castle Restaurant, a Columbus Fire Station, or a 24 hour Kroger store, tell an employee you need Safe Place Help. They will contact the Huckleberry House and arrange to get you there safely. If you are unsure where the closest Safe Place site is, you can Txt 4 Help. Just text to 69866 and enter SAFE into your phone and your current location (street address, city, state) they will text you back within seconds the closest safe place location for you. You can also call The National Safe Place hotline at 1-888-290-7233.

Nationwide Children’s THRIVE Program: 

The THRIVE program specializes in providing medical care to youth ages 12-21 who are dealing with differences/disorders of sexual development, complex urological, and gender concerns. You can reach THRIVE at (614) 722-5765 or via e-mail at

Stonewall Columbus: 

This local LGBT organization provides programs and services to the LGBT community of Central Ohio. Additionally, their website offers a number of other resources—both locally and on a larger scale.


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.

The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization: 

BRAVO serves as a link to survivor advocacy and assistance regarding hate crimes, discrimination, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Feel free to contact them if you need information regarding any of the services they provide or to report violence. Call their toll-free number anywhere, anytime: 1-866-86-BRAVO (1-866-862-7286).

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. Call 614-224-0400 or e-mail them at



Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network: 

GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. This organization seeks to ensure that every student, in every school, is valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

Gay-Straight Alliance Network: 

GSA Network is a national youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training. 

Bisexual Resource Center: 

The Bisexual Resource Center creates resources, provides support, and helps to create a stronger sense of community for bi/pan/fluid people across the U.S. and beyond. The BRC is an inclusive nonprofit organization which uses ‘bisexual’ as an umbrella term for sexual and/or emotional attraction to more than one gender.

National Center for Transgender Equality: 

The NCTE is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.

Intersex Society of North America: 

The ISNA serves as a resource for information on intersex individuals, including bibliographies of articles on the topic, a list of relevant books, intersex-related law, and more.

Asexual Visibility & Education Network: 

AVEN exists to create public acceptance and discussion of asexuality and to facilitate the growth of an asexual community. Additionally, AVEN serves as an informational resource for people who are asexual and questioning, their friends and families, academic researchers, and the press.

American Civil Liberties Union:

The ACLU works toward the creation of a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people enjoy the constitutional rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association. Learn about your rights and liberties and find links to other related resources. Discover non-discrimination laws, state-by-state with their interactive maps.

Human Rights Campaign: 

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of promoting public education and welfare for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. HRC Foundation envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. Take a closer look at their non-discrimination maps of state laws and policies

LGBTQ Friendly Colleges and Student Resources: 

A guide to help LGBTQ students understand how many campuses are helping to make the college experience more welcoming and supportive.

United States Department of State LGBTI Travel Information: 

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and families travel safely each year without problems. However, laws and attitudes of some countries may affect LGBTI travelers. Know the facts of these countries before you go.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association:

ILGA publishes also a map of sexual orientation laws in the world to separately chart where criminalisation, protection and recognition laws are enacted. A useful tool for LGB human rights defenders, these images expose the arbitrariness of persecutory laws, and starkly indicate the absence of positive law in most parts of the world.

Lambda Legal Know Your Rights:

Learn some of the simple, but critical, legal protections for LGBT people and their families with regard to financial planning, the court system, employers and more.

Information on Conversion Therapy and Resources for Healing:

This blog post from The Family Institute at Northwestern University provides information on the negative effects of conversion therapy on LGBTQIA+ individuals, as well as resources for healing.



The Trevor Project:
The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Call 1-866-488-7386 any time (24/7).


Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200. Texting services are available on Fridays (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PT). Standard text messaging rates apply.

 GLBT Hate Crimes Hotline
(800) 686-HATE 

Gay & Lesbian National Hotline
(888) THE-GLNH

LYRIC Youth Talk Line
(800) 246-PRIDE

National Runaway Hotline
(800) 231-6946

National Child Abuse Hotline
(800) 422-4453

Youth Legal Information Line (NCLR)
(800) 528-NCLR