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THE SPRINGFIELD COMMUNITY RESOURCES

LGBT Organizations

Clark State Community College Gay/Straight Alliance - The GSA at Clark State welcomes a wide range of traditional and nontraditional students and is dedicated to community service as well as providing support to the LGBT community.

Springfield High School Gay/Straight Alliance - The GSA is a student-run organization serving the students of Springfield High School since its formation in 2010.

Urbana Area PFLAG - Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is a national organization promoting the well-being of LGBT people and the people around them. The local chapter of this organization meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1013 E. Lawn Ave. in Urbana. More information is available at their website.

Wittenberg University Gay/Straight Alliance - Since its formation in 2000, the GSA at Wittenberg serves the student population and provides an annual Pride Week in April with events open to the broader community. More information is available at their Facebook page.

Youth First, Springfield - a weekly meeting among local LGBT teens. Youth First meets every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 400 Villa Rd. The meetings are moderated by trained advisors with background checks. Contact Rev. Dwight McCormick at revmccormick@yahoo.com. More information is also available on their Facebook page.

Religious Institutions

Each religious institution has its own standards and procedures in matters of establishing their public support of LGBT people. The following list does not provide a rigorous assessment of those standards and procedures nor does it claim to be an exhaustive record. The following, however, are religious congregations which will not subject LGBT people to demeaning messages and which have been publicly supportive of the LGBT civil rights effort in Springfield.

Christ Episcopal Church at 409 E. High St. holds services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Christ Episcopal Church has provided meeting space for Equality Springfield over the last two years.  More information is available at the church website.

Faith United Methodist Church at 102 W. High St. holds services on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. More information is available at the church website

First Baptist Church at 638 S. Fountain holds services on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.  More information is available at the church website.

First United Church of Christ at 2000 E. High St. holds services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.  First UCC is a strong supporter of SAY IT, a youth group dedicated to serving LGBT teens and their allies. More information is available at the church website.

Highlands United Church of Christ at 1910 St. Paris Pike holds services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.  Highlands' pastor, Rev. Gary Percesepe, has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights and helped Equality Springfield collect evidence of discrimination in our city, and the congregation voted to become an open and affirming congregation in February, 2013.  More information is available at the church website.

High Street Methodist Church at 230 E. High St. holds services on Sundays at 10:45 a.m.  More information about the church is available at the church website.

Northminster Presbyterian Church at 400 Villa Rd. holds services on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.  Northminster Presbyterian is home to the Youth First group for LGBT teens and their allies.  More information about the church is available at the church website.

 

LGBT people looking for a supportive congregation in the Springfield area should also be aware of those congregations that have taken a public stand against their basic civil rights. Representatives from the following churches signed a petition asserting that "there have been no cases of discrimination because of sexual orientation known in Springfield, Ohio," a claim which is demonstrably false. An asterisk next to a congregation denotes that representatives from that faith community took a leading role maintaining the right to fire and evict LGBT people in this city.
To view the letter sent to the city commission and signed by the pastors of the churches below click here.

Church of Jesus
Emmanuel Christian Academy
Fellowship Christian Church*
First Christian Church*
First Church of the Nazarene
First Pentecostal Church of God
Grace Bible Church
Grace Lutheran Church
Greater Grace Temple
Heritage Fellowship Church
High St. Nazarene
Legacy Church
Maiden Lane Church of God
Mount Carmel Baptist Church
Mount Zion Baptist Church
Restored Life Ministries
RiverSong Church
St. John Missionary Baptist Church*
Southgate Baptist Church
Springfield Church of Christ*
Vineyard Church of Northridge

 

 

 

 

State Resources

 

BRAVO or the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization is a resource for victims of hate crimes, discrimination, and domestic violence in Ohio.  More information is available at their website.

Equality Ohio advocates for the LGBT community, promoting equality, diversity, and inclusiveness in Ohio families and communities.  More information is available at their website.

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 transgender people in our state.  More information is available at their website.


 

 

 

National Resources

 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. www.aclu.org

The Advocate is the world’s leading gay news source. www.advocate.com

Ballot Pedia is an interactive almanac of state politics. www.ballotpedia.org

Bisexual Resource Center envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people. www.biresource.org

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation -amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. www.glaad.org

GLBT National Help Center; free and confidential telephone and internet peer counseling, information and links to local resources, throughout the United States. www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network- is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. www.glsen.org

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

Human Rights Campaign- seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. www.hrc.org

Lamba Legal - A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. www.lambdalegal.org

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Centers exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement. www.lgbtcenters.org

Created in remembrance of Matthew Shepard. They support diversity programs in education and to help youth organizations establish environments where young people can feel safe and be themselves. www.matthewshepard.org

National Youth Advocacy Coalition: A social justice organization focused on servicing the needs of young people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning and ending discrimination against them. http://nyacyouth.org

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. www.nclrights.org

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force - Builds the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up, by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of their movement and generating groundbreaking research through their Policy Institute. www.ngltf.org

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. www.pflag.org

The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. www.thetaskforce.org

The Trevor Project Informational website that provides information on support groups, and resources for someone who is suicidal. www.thetrevorproject.org

Trans Family provides support, education, advocacy, and outreach for the transgendered community, families, friends, partners, and allies of all ages, through meetings, presentations, seminars, media outreach, and an emergency resource hotline. www.transfamily.org