"The greatness of our nation and our collective moral progress will be judged by the way we treat our children." LGBTQ Center of Bay County
The LGBTQ Center of Bay County Inc. currently operates the only dedicated all-inclusive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and straight-allied (LGBTQ+) youth program in the Panhandle of Florida.
Our weekly peer support group is open to all youth ages 13-18 that identify as LGBTQ+ as well as their friends and allies. Adult facilitators who lead the support groups have undergone comprehensive training and background checks. We have topic-driven meetings focusing on education, support, friendship-building, skill-sharing, community involvement. Snacks and beverages are provided.
PROMOTING EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE!
"Room 6 is a place to go and be comfortable with myself and others like me. I get to talk about my feelings and know that what I talk about stays in a safe and respectful environment. I feel understood and happy about who I am." age 15
The Center offers a wide range of LGBTQ+ resources. As we expand we will focus on developing an after school drop-in center to augment our Youth Peer Support Group.
The Center works to end violence while advocating for the Human & Civil Rights of Sexual & Gender Minorities. Every year LGBTQ+ people are beaten, harassed and killed just for being themselves. Many cannot find safety at home or in their intimate relationships. LGBTQ Center of Bay County is here to help!
Our Core Values Direct Our Mission:
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Our Mission is to achieve full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ+ people. We envision a world where diversity is embraced and equality is achieved by all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
"I feel more self-confident and happy for my progress. It is wonderful to have a safe space to talk about my problems with people just like me. Everyone understands me here. When I started attending the group meetings, I was overwhelmed with my problems. Now I am able to give to help other members. Thank you very much for helping me improve.” age 17
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
"Room 6 is like the world LGBTQ+ people dream of. A place where you are validated, you are loved, you are important, and you mean something to at least 1 person (but normally more). Group gives me the strength to go home and know I am worth something no matter what other people say. We help each other, and it feels really good." - age 14
The Center endeavors to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ people by providing activities, programs and services that create a sense of community, empower community allies, provide essential resources, advocate for civil and human rights, and embrace, promote and support cultural diversity, including:
youth peer-peer support group every Monday 5-7pm
community events, parties, dinners, outings, etc.
ongoing support and discussion groups
meeting space for local groups, providing opportunities for community growth & coalition building
a safe space for everyone
WE WELCOME EVERYONE!
“Before I found this group I was cutting, I was suicidal. My counselor suggested I come to here for help. I was being bullied and had a lot of relationship problems with my sister, mom and dad. I voluntarily came to OMNI. Now I realize there are others like me who need help and support. I've made new friends who help me and support me. They helped me understand and build healthy relationships, and also avoid those people who tear me down." age 18
"As a parent I need a place like The Center for my kid. As an LGBTQ person I need a place like this for myself. As a member of Bay County, we need places like this for the community. We all need to stand behind The Center because The Center stands for all of us." age 27