Sleeping Homeless (2017).  Homelessness is an incredibly prevalent issue in the US with over 500,000 people going without shelter every night. Years of research and countless studies have repeatedly shown that discrimination threatens not only access to housing but the stability of communities. Members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community are more likely to become homeless, and once homeless, more likely to endure discrimination and harassment that extends their homelessness. LGBT youth experiencing homelessness are at particular risk. Between 20 and 40 percent of all homeless youth identify as members of the LGBT community, and for them, homelessness or the threat of homelessness frequently forces youth into survival behaviors that jeopardize their well-being and safety. You can also visit LGBT Homelessness (2017).

Cancer Facts for Gay Men and Bisexual Men (2015). The most common types of cancer among men in the US are prostate, lung, colon, and skin cancers. Anal and testicular cancers are also found in men. There are things you can do to help reduce your risk for these cancers or find them early – when they are small, have not spread, and are easier to treat. But gay and bisexual men face a number of barriers to getting the routine health care and cancer screening tests they need. Some of the reasons for this include: low rates of health insurance, fear of discrimination, and negative experiences with health professionals. The American Cancer Society can help you learn more about the cancers that men are most at risk for, as well as how to find these cancers early. All men can do things to help reduce their cancer risk.

Cancer Facts for Lesbians and Bisexual Women (2015).  Some of the most common types of cancer among women are breast, colon, endometrial (uterine), cervical, lung, and skin cancer. Knowing about these cancers and what you can do to help prevent them or find them early (when they are small and easier to treat) may help save your life. Studies have found that lesbians and bisexual women have higher rates of breast cancer than heterosexual women.They also get less routine health care than other women, including colon, breast, and cervical cancer screening tests. Some of the reasons for this include: low rates of health insurance, fear of discrimination, and negative experiences with health professionals. The American Cancer Society can help you learn more about the cancers that women are most at risk for, as well as how to find these cancers early. All women can do things to help reduce their cancer risk and stay well.

FrontLine Service (2016). FrontLine Service, formerly Mental Health Services (MHS), a non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization, helps over 20,000 individuals and families each year struggling with homelessness, crisis and trauma.  Founded in 1988, FrontLine Service serves as Cuyahoga County’s provider of choice for homeless and trauma services – from emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing to Children Who Witness Violence, suicide prevention services, Mobile Crisis, and the Violent Loss Response Team.  FrontLine Service is the first responder when crisis strikes.  We work side by side with law enforcement to prevent suicides and reduce the impact of tragedy on families in our community. The 24 hour hotline is 216-623-6888.

MetroHealth Pride Clinic (2016). In a perfect world, gay and lesbian health concerns could be addressed in any primary care office. But sometimes, people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community don’t feel safe and supported in a standard medical office. That’s especially true of people facing tough medical choices. And that could impact their health—and the success of their doctor visits. The MetroHealth Pride Clinic is different; it’s the first LGBT clinic in Cleveland dedicated to serving the LGBT community. Specially trained physicians and staff provide care that respects your unique health needs—including transgender services. And, the Pride Clinic offers the routine care you need to stay healthy. It’s primary care plus.

John Carroll University Student Health and Wellness Center (2016). The Student Health and Wellness Center at John Carroll University is committed to assisting students in their acquisition of the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors necessary for them to be self-directed health advocates in the pursuit of intellectual growth and personal development. The Student Health and Wellness Center subscribes to the definition of health, which includes the attainment, maintenance, and life long commitment to an optimum level of wellness. This philosophy is rooted within the Jesuit educational tradition in which there is integration of learning with the development of the whole person.

The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland (2016). The mission of The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland (“The Free Clinic”) is to address vital community health needs by providing high quality health care and related services to individuals and families, regardless of their ability to pay, and by advocating for policy changes that promote greater access for the underserved and improved community-wide health and wellness outcomes. Health care is a right, not a privilege.

Trevor Lifeline (2016). Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Call the 24 hour hotline at 866.488.7386 or connect to other resources here.