Open an LGBTQ+ Community Center in Downtown Canton to increase access to resources, host community events, and advocate for a more equal Canton.
We will provide a safe space for the LGBTQ+ Community to hang out. Meet up with a friend in a safe and affirming space.
We will host various different support groups for various communities such as QTPOC, Bi+, Trans+, Queer Women, Asexual. The groups will be led by members of the communities.
We will advocate for a more equitable Canton through policy change and community projects. Examples of local campaigns: ban conversion therapy and ban public accommodations discrimination.
We will plan and host events to bring LGBTQ+ folks across Stark County together such as closet swaps, movie nights, game nights, drag shows, etc.
Name + Gender Changes
We will have trained volunteers help you through the process to change your name and gender on legal documents such as driver's licenses and passports.
We will hand out free safer sex kits (condoms, dental dams, lube, etc), free safer injection kits (needles, syringes, alcohol wipes, sharps containers, etc), and information about local and national resources.
What We Need
What You Can Do
Your organization or business can donate to become a sponsor of Queer in Canton.
Want to become a sponsor?
Meet the Team
Bachelors in Economics - Emory University '22
Bachelors in Sociology - American University '20
Here are our goals for the future. Once we accomplish our beginning goals, we will work to make these services available as soon as possible.
Free HIV/STD Clinic
We will partner with local organizations to bring a free HIV/STD testing clinic to our center.
Free Legal Clinic
We will partner with local organizations to bring a free legal pop-up clinic to advise folks on matters of LGBTQ+ rights.
Queer Housing Assistance
We will help folks find LGBTQ+ affirming and safe housing by facilitating interviews with roommates and landlords.
Competency + Sensitivity Training
We will provide LGBTQ+ competency and sensitivity training to local businesses, organizations, groups, or anyone who requests it.
We will organize a fund to provide financial assistance for legal fees, hormone therapy, doctor visits, and more.
Non-Profit Coffee Shop
Our biggest long-term goal is to open a queer coffee shop that can provide jobs to LGBTQ+ community members and provide a place for folks to safely connect. This will also provide a stream of income to fund our services.