Middle School & High School Students

The LGBTQ+ Center strives to support LGBTQ+ students of all ages. If you are an LGBTQ-identifying middle or high school student, or the parent of an LGBTQ-identifying student, please explore the resources below. Please contact us at lgbtqsc@kent.edu with any questions. 

Why Kent State?

Kent State University has earned 5 out of 5 stars from the Campus Pride Index, a national benchmark tool that rates colleges/universities on their LGBTQ+ inclusive policies, programs, and practices (or lack thereof). Here's why Kent State earned 5 stars:

  • Multiple LGBTQ+ scholarships and an LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund
  • Health coverage for transgender students, faculty, and staff
  • Protected by a non-discrimination policy
    • Safe Space and Trans 101 trainings offered regularly
  • LGBTQ+ courses and LGBTQ+ minor
    • Graduate course options and research opportunities
  • Preferred name policy and universal restrooms
  • 13 residence halls with gender-inclusive housing, including an LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community
  • Multiple LGBTQ+ student organizations
    • PRIDE! Kent is the longest continuously running LGBTQ+ organization in the country!
  • A welcoming LGBTQ+ Center
    • Lounge space
    • On-Site tutoring and computer lab
    • QUEST Mentorship program
    • Programming/events 

Kent State Admissions

Crisis Hotlines

National Suicide Hotline: 988 (Previously 800-273-8255)

National LGBT Youth Hotline: 800-246-7743

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860

School Support

GLSEN  The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) offers support and resources for LGBTQ+ students (high school and below), and works to ensure safe school for all students. 

Ohio GSA Network  The Kaleidoscope Youth Center provides information on GSAs, how to create a GSA, and what schools in Ohio have GSAs. Please click the link to learn more. (Please note the list is not exhaustive and some schools that have a GSA may not be included). 

Connect with the Community

Teen Pride Network

It Gets Better Project

Trans Resources

Legal Name Change in Ohio

Margie's HopeMargie's Closet, and Margie's Kids

TransAlive Support Group

Receiving Hormones through Planned Parenthood

Resources for Parents & Families

Save the date: Virtual event “So your kid came out as LGBTQ+…What now?” April 4th, 5:30-7pm.

Come listen to a panel of parents, students, and professionals discuss their experiences surrounding topics of coming out.


  • Emmett Drugan, MEd, LPC, CDCA, NCC, Navigate Counseling, KSU Alumni 2020
  • Sandy Varndell, LSW, Founder and President, OutSupport, Inc, KSU Alumni 1984.

Registration is required. Please contact lgbtqsc@kent.edu for more information.

Register Here

Organizations/Websites to Explore

Open and Affirming Religious Organizations

Good Reads

  • "This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life" By Dannielle Owens-Reid & Kristin Russo
  • "Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians & Gays Talk About Their Experiences" By Carolyn Griffin, Marian & Arthur Wirth
  • "Coming Around: Parenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Kids" By Anne Dohrenwend
  • "Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents" By Irwin Krieger
  • "Mom, I’m Gay: Loving Your LGBTQ Child  Without Sacrificing Your Faith" By Susan Cottrell
  • PFLAG NYC Suggested Reading List