Diversity Training

Gay Games Prefered Training: LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training

Through a partnership with Gay Games, The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio has created a training program in anticipation of the the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation coming this August.  

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio is committed to creating sustainable change for LGBTQ inclusivity.  Beyond the estimated $40 million economic impact of the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation for the region, the events will have a social impact for the region.  It is the goal of The Diversity Center to create a legacy of impactful change that is more sensitive and welcoming to the LGBTQ community. Regional and national organizations and companies are encouraged to participate in the training opportunities available. Additionally, participating companies may select from a menu of cultural competency training programs to better prepare their employees to engage with the LGBTQ community.  

Small Businesses/Organizations (less than 50 full time employees):
Two Hour Training: $35/person
Four Hour Training: $50/person

Large Businesses/Organizations (50+ full time employees): 
Scorecard: $500
Two Hour Training: $1,500
Four Hour Training: $2,500

For more information contact: Christen DuVernay at cduvernay@diversitycenterneo.org or 216.752.3000. Additional information can be found on the electronic flyer

Advocate Level:

InterContinental Cleveland

C2 Cultural Cuisine

North Coast Cafe

Table | 45

Ally Level:

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Foundation

The Cleveland Gladiators

Cleveland Hopkins Airport

Cleveland MetroParks Ranger Department

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Countryside Conservancy

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

First Federal of Lakewood

Forest City Enterprises 

Great Lakes Science Center

The Lake Erie Monsters

MetroHealth Medical Center

National Park Service

Positively Cleveland

The Quicken Loans Arena

Thompson Hine

Tower City

Standard Parking-Airport



Small Business Participants: 

3 Point Restaurant 

Ace Taxi

Akron Marathon

Akron Police Department

Alpha Omega Society

Aultman Hospital

American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland

Aurora Farms Premium Outlets

Beachland Ballroom and Tavern

Big Fun

Bistro 185

Blue Arrow Records

Blue Point Grille

Burda Books 

Case Western Reserve University

The Center for Health Affairs

Centers for Dialysis Care

City of Akron 

City of Cleveland Police Department

Cleveland Airport Marriot

Cleveland Chocolate Bar

Cleveland Fire Department

Cleveland Heights Fire Department

Cleveland Leadership Center

Cleveland Magazine

Cleveland Police Department- Homeland Services

Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University Police

Collection Auto Group

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park 

Cuyahoga County Board of Health

D.L. Dunkle & Associates 

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Corporation

Elements Gallery

Fears Confections

Fiddlehead Gallery

FinePoints Inc.

Firelands Regional Medical Center 

Fisher's Cafe & Pub 

Geauga County Department of Emergency Services

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Grovewood Tavern (6 Patricipants)

Hanson Services, Inc.

Heights Library System

Hospitality Restaurants

The Housewarmings

Huntington Bank 

The Inn at Brandywine Falls

Kringle's Inventionasium

Lake County General Health District

Lusa Hair Design

Maia Beatty & Associates, Inc.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Maria Neil Art Project

Marshall Ventures

Martel Salon 

Medina County Career Center

Mr. Kringle & Co.

Muldoons Irish Pub

Museum of Contemporary Art (5 Participants)

Music Saves

Neighborhood Connections

Neighborhood Leadership Institute


Old Stone Church

Peninsula Valley Historic & Education Foundation

Rock the House 

Sanctuary Health, LLC

Shaker Heights Library System

Skylight Financial Group

Space Rock!

Sow Food

Star Pop

This Way Out Vintage Shop

University Hospital

Ursuline College

Volunteers Of America

Wells Fargo

WKSU Public Radio



Additional Resources from Gay Games Lead Community Partners:

The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland offers the SafeZone Program. This is a pre-existing entity to provide a mix of cultural competency with specific interventions to turn your space into an open & affirming environment. Whether that space is an office or your immediate surroundings, this training is aimed at helping you learn about the purposeful work of inclusion. Adapted for individuals in the helping profession, the Center's SafeZone Training provides CEU's supplied through the Counseling, Social Work, and Marriage & Family Counseling Board of the State of Ohio. Click here to learn about how to attend a 'stand-alone' training or to have a presentation brought to your office.

The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland also offers Cultural Diversity Workshops. These workshops presented by speakers who represent the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, and have been trained to present on the issues effecting the LGBT population. This 1 hour workshop will provide an overview of information on general LGBTQ competency, including terms, symbols, risk factors and more, and the services offered by the LGBT Community Center.  


Plexus, the Northeast Ohio chamber of commerce for the LGBT community and allies, is an affiliate of the National Gay/Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The NGLCC administers a certification process that starts detailing business information on a form and sending in an application fee. Plexus members who apply will receive a discount on the application fee-which more than pays for the cost of Plexus membership. Plexus can also help the applicant in filling out the form if need be. It is likely that someone from Plexus will also perform the site visit which is the last part of the process towards certification.The NGLCC web site has more about the goals and benefits of supplier diversity and certification.Once certified, an LGBTBE can enter information into the national supplier directory and Plexus will add your business to the Plexus Online Directory. For more information contact Plexus at info@thinkplexus.org