• LGBT Center Meet n Greet!

    Meet n Greet 2014

  • SafeZone at Subamuh

  • Homecoming 2014

    cheers and queers!

  • Georgiann Davis speaks on Intersexuality

  • awesomeness!

  • awesome students!

  • lgbt center staff

    lgbt center staff

  • Daniel Hernandez visits OU

  • Students with Harvey Katz

    National Coming Out Day 2014

  • SafeZone at Chillicothe Campus

    SafeZone at Chillicothe Campus

LGBT Health Information

 Smoking & the LGBT Community

Studies show that the LGBT community has higher than average smoking rates. Gay and bisexual men alone are twice as likely as non-gay men to smoke cigarettes, Lesbians are more likely than non-gay women to be heavy smokers, and Transgender folks have the highest smoking rates in the LGBT community. Opinions as to why these rates exist vary, yet our goal is to curb this trend within our community. We hope these statistics, articles and websites are helpful.



  1. Ryan H, Wortley PM, Easton A, Penderson L, Greenwood G. Smoking among lesbians, gays and bisexuals: a review of the literature. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Aug 2001;21(2):142-149
  2. Center for Health Policy Research at the University of California Los Angeles. California Health Interview Survey. http://www.lgbtpartnership.org/sisyouknow.html. Accessed May 23, 2005.
  3. Petrov A. Smoking by Young Gays at ‘Alarming’ Level. http://www.365gay.com/newscon04/10/102504smoking.htm Accessed May 23, 2005
  4. American Cancer Society. Tobacco and the GLBT Community. http://www.glbthealth.org/documents/GLBTTobacco.pdf Accessed May 23, 2005.
  5. Often N. Is tobacco a queer issue? Perceptions of LGBT Community leaders. Paper presented at: National Conference on Tobacco or Health; May 4, 2005; Chicago.
  6. Harris Interactive. Gay and lesbian brand loyalty linked to advertising.http://www.harrisinteractive.com/news/allnewsbydate.asp?NewsID=478Accessed May 23, 2005

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HIV and the LGBT Community

HIV disproportionately affects the LGBT community. Gay and bisexual men account for 63% of new cases every year and are the only population where HIV transmission is on the rise. Men of color within the gay and bisexual community are also at higher risk for transmission than their white counterparts. Transwomen are also at a disproportionately high risk for infection and trans* folk are 3-9 times more likely to be infected than the rest of the population. 

Source: The Human Rights Campaign



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Local HIV Test Center Information                   Information as of 01-18-11

Name of Organization


Services Offered



Fairfield Department of Health

1587 Granville Pike - Lancaster, OH 43130



Mon.-Fri., 8am-4pm.

Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio Incorporated

280 E State St - Athens, OH 45701



Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm; every other Sat., 10am-2pm.

Columbus AIDS Task Force

1751 E. Long Street - Columbus, OH 43203



Walk-ins: T-3:30pm-7:30pm; W-10am-2pm

Hudson Health Center

Ohio University, 2 Health Center Drive - Athens, OH 45701



Walk-ins: Mon-Wed & Fri.: 8am-4:30; Thurs.: 9am-4:30pm


Substance Abuse and the LGBT Community

Those in the LGBT community are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, engage in substance abuse, and binge drink. It is thought that these facts are due to the stress and anxiety that comes with living in a homophobic and hetero/cisnormaative society, as well as the discrimination they face. 

Source: CDC


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OHIO U Drug and Alcohol Policies: