Mission: The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike.

We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities.

GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome any and all individuals as members, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.

GLSEN Greater Cincinnati
PO Box 19856
Cincinnati OH 45219

Our Model

The unified goal is that students are able to sustain themselves, fulfill their needs, and become the leaders and advocates that we need to educate future generations.

To help them get started and sustain their connection to the community

Establishing essential humans needs is the first step to success.

Social support networks demonstrate that help is near when students need it. Social support provides mentors and service professionals to help students work through any challenge.

In each community that Proud Scholars supports the community support partners may differ but we will strive to meet the same needs.

Focuses on supporting youth ages K - 12 and educating schools on bullying and stigma related to LGBT youth.




To help them find jobs and support that fits their needs within a diverse world.


We are committed to providing education and support by raising awareness of and countering discrimination, bullying, and self-destructive behaviors with emphasis on the LGBT community. The specific objectives and purpose of this organization are:

To educate youth and young adults about alternatives to self-destructive behaviors. To inform youth and young adults about how to counter discrimination. To visit schools, universities, and community events to speak, inform, and educate about self-mutilation, abuse, bullying, and drug/alcohol abuse. To help youth and young adults suffering from abuse (drug, alcohol, sexual, verbal, physical, mental, or other), by acting as the liaison between the youth/young adults and larger more equipped nonprofit organizations.

To partner with existing and prominent nonprofit organizations to help hold and run community events. To educate, inform, and provide support to families and friends or victims of abuse (drug, alcohol, sexual, verbal, physical, mental, or other), discrimination, and bullying. To promote self-acceptance and hope to the LGBT community. To provide education on acknowledging and accepting an LGBT family member or friend.

Email: questions@lovemustwin.org

For urgent support: help@lovemustwin.org

Welcome to PFLAG Cincinnati

Mission Statement
PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed, inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its vision through:

  • Support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ
  • Education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ
  • Advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ

PFLAG provides an opportunity for confidential dialog about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human dignity. Meetings are open to all and are completely confidential.  What is said there stays there.  Confidentiality is important to most of us for one reason or another, and at all times we respect the rights of others.

We come because we have a common bond – a gay relative or friend.  We welcome all ... at whatever stage they are in the coming out journey.  We realize that we cannot meet the needs of everyone at every meeting, and every meeting is a bit different in its make-up because of the people, the concerns, and even current issues.  But we welcome all.  Each of us gains strength by your presence.

Community Support Partners

One brick at a time we begin building a sustainable foundation that enables youth to be success and sustain themselves.

Vision: Hamilton County is a community that is safe and secure for youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation. These young people will have access to stable housing, health care, education, employment and emotional connections that ensure they thrive. Youth are proud of their LGBTQ identity in Hamilton County and community members are proud of them.

Mission: Facilitate greater collaboration among LGBTQ youth-serving agencies and identify, incorporate and promote promising practices to deter LGBTQ youth homelessness.

Melissa Meyer, Director

401 E. McMillan Street, Cincinnati OH 45206

Email: mmeyer@lys.org


Each of our community support partners play an important role in the Proud Scholars support model. Each organization reinforces students from different areas of the community with the unified goal of creating a platform for success.