Gathering Community Input
Launched at the beginning of Pride Month 2020 in Indianapolis, the report identifies critical needs, opportunities for improvement, and gaps in available services that presently exist for persons who identify as LGBTQ+ in the Greater Indianapolis area.
While a variety of needs emerged, the majority of survey participants said access to healthcare and mental healthcare, youth support, and hate crime protections ranked as the most important issues needing to be addressed. The report also underscores the importance of creating an LGBTQ+ community center located in Indianapolis.
“LGBTQ+ people face discrimination on multiple fronts and may often lack the needed resources to overcome barriers to achieving success.,” explained Alan Witchey, president and CEO of Damien Center. “The findings showed a critical need to decrease health inequities and under and unemployment, while increasing educational attainment, basic needs, and social connectedness.”
Greatest Areas of Need
- Mental Health
- Youth Support
- Legal Protection
Thank you to all fo the Central Indiana-based organizations whose efforts were critical in gathering community input through the LGBTQ+ Community Needs Asessment survey in early 2020. The continued collaboration and leadership of these community partners and many others will pave the way toward bringing the vision of an LGBTQ+ Community Center in Indianapolis to life.