The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland works to advance the rights, respect and diversity of the LGBT community.
The LGBT Community Center seeks to create a community that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every person regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and inclusive of class, race and ability.
We work collaboratively with other LGBT and ally groups to address community needs and issues.
Since 1975, The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland has been serving the needs of the LGBT+ community here in Northeastern Ohio. The Center has technically had multiple places that it has called home over the past 40 years. The first installment, the Gay Education and Awareness Resources Foundation (GEAR) met in various members' homes and utilized the Free Clinic for programs. In 1977, the GEAR had a brief stay in the Coventryard Building before an electrical fire destroyed the building. GEAR then moved briefly downtown to New Dimensions Disco for two years. The next stop was in Tremont in 1980 in the former Bernard's Furniture Store (now a parking lot next to Grumpy's.) From 1982 to 1988, GEAR met at a board member's home in Ohio City before adopted the new name and buildings space as the Lesbian Gay Community Service Center on West 29th. Finally, in 2000, the most recent move was made to Gordon Square and our current name, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland was adopted in 2005.
The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland believes and supports the following values:
Advocacy – pursuing change to advance the respect, dignity and human rights of the LGBT community;
Diversity – valuing and celebrating the differences that each community member brings to the whole including divergent voices;
Empowerment – fostering the personal growth and skills of LGBT individuals in overcoming personal, professional and familial challenges and to advocate for oneself;
Equality – assuring that the LGBT community shares equally in human and civil rights, workplace treatment, and access to cultural customs; and
Leadership – taking a leadership role in fostering cooperation among other LGBT and ally groups as the preeminent advocate for the LGBT community.
Street and Mailing Address
LGBT Community Center
of Greater Cleveland
6600 Detroit Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44102
General Contact Information
Hours of Operation
Mondays 10AM - 8PM
Tuesdays 10AM - 8PM
Wednesdays 10AM - 8PM
Thursdays 10AM - 8PM
Fridays 10AM - 8PM
Saturday 10AM - 2PM
Other times by appointment or for special events
The Center’s work and mission remain important and vital but impossible to accomplish without your support.
Your generosity will make a difference.
Please make a donation and consider becoming a recurring contributor providing ongoing support to the Center throughout the year.