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652 West Exchange Street

Akron, Ohio 44302




"We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers."-- Bayard Rustin

     The Bayard Rustin Center is dedicated to expanding care for all LBGTQ+ individuals. Within Summit County, people of color, men, women, and non-binary individuals continue to experience the highest rates of HIV infections. The Bayard Rustin Center takes a culturally inclusive approach to address the client's needs. Our experienced staff has a strong understanding of the needs of LGBTQ+ and is able to provide supportive, empathetic, workable approaches to the challenges faced by members of our community.

     The Bayard Rustin Center is the only statewide LGBTQ+ drop-in location. Our services include HIV, STI, and COVID testing services, housing referrals, mental health support, anti-violence programs, a food pantry, a clothing closet, weekly community meals, and educational speakers and discussion groups.




"To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true."-- Bayard Rustin

     Our vision is to elevate advocacy efforts for individual living with HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQ+ community at large.  This includes those who have faced the challenges of stigma related to sexual and gender oientation within the community.

Akron's Third Annual

free, family-friendly




Friday, March 29

6:00 - 9:00

at Bounce Innovation Hub

526 South Main Street

Akron 44311


for sponsorship and/or volunteer opportunities.

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"Don't worry about the future--
     worry quenches the work of grace within you."                                                      Bishop Francis Fenelon, 17th Century

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