BRAVO is Issuing the Following Alert for the Safety of the LGBTQI Community of Central Ohio

BRAVO has recently received multiple reports of anti-LGBTQI pick-up related bias crimes. The incidents have occurred while meeting people using the website Adam4Adam and potentially other dating service websites/apps (i.e. Grindr, Scruff, Growlr, etc.). At this point it appears that assailant(s) are contacting individuals online and upon meeting, are robbing them and/or burglarizing their home. BRAVO has good reason to believe that these attacks are anti-LGBTQI motivated.

If you have been the victim of, or are aware of, similar assaults please contact BRAVO (614-294-7867) or the Columbus Police Department Sexual Abuse Squad (614-645-4701).

For further information BRAVO, can be reached at 614-294-7867 or 866-86-BRAVO. All reports to BRAVO are confidential and may be made anonymously.

Description of Perpetrators: unknown — presumed to be male

Additional safety tips are available on our website.

For further information BRAVO can be reached at
614-294-7867 or 866-86-BRAVO.

If you or anyone you know have experienced violence contact BRAVO — we can help! (614-294-7867) or 866-86-BRAVO.

All reports to BRAVO are confidential and may be made anonymously.
All BRAVO services are free.


Don’t take it… Report it!

Northeast Transgender Job Fair – Last week to register!







Check out some of the participating companies/organizations:

  • Metrohealth
  • FBI
  • Chase
  • Giant Eagle
  • Key Bank
  • Marriott
  • And more!

Register Online Today!

TransOhio and TransCleveland are proud to invite you to the first ever Northeast Ohio Transgender Job Fair.

After several months of extensive planning, TransOhio and TransCleveland, along with several community partners have planned an event to help end employment discrimination.

Our event:

Saturday, November 22nd & Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Metrohealth Campus
2500 Metrohealth Drive Cleveland, OH 44109

Day 1: A series of workshops conducted by local professionals and be focused on things such as resume building, interview skills, and how to dress for success!

Day 2: The job fair, where representatives from many Northeast Ohio businesses will be on hand to receive resumes and conduct on-the-spot interviews with eligible applicants.

Register Online Today!

While all transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are welcome, this particular event is focus on the Northeast Ohio area.

For any further inquiries please contact

Interested in volunteering? Sign-Up Today!


TransOhio learns of hate-motivated attack of a transgender woman in Toledo, Ohio


November 5, 2014

BRAVO Media contact:
Aaron Eckhardt, Training & Technical Assistance Director
(614) 294-7867 |

TransOhio Media Contact:
Shane Morgan, Founder and Chair
(614) 441-8167 |

BRAVO learns of the hate-motivated attack of a transgender woman in Toledo, OH

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) responds to the vicious hate-motivated assault of Candice Rose Milligan, a transgender woman and community leader in Toledo, Ohio.

BRAVO is working with local and statewide organizations including TransOhio, EqualityToledo, Toledo Area Transgender Support (TATS), and individuals in Toledo to offer our assistance with efforts to support Candice and the community during this critical time.

BRAVO believes this attack to be a hate crime; Candice Milligan was targeted based on other’s perception of her gender identity and expression. “BRAVO is saddened to learn of the most recent hate crime assault,” said Gloria McCauley, Executive Director of BRAVO. “Sadly, we know that hate crime violence in its many forms are intended to instill the message of hate and fear throughout the entire community. Hate crimes largely go under-reported, or not reported at all, and people are left with restoring their sense of safety and security on their own.”

Six men shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs brutally attacked Candice on November 3, 2014 at approximately 12:00pm near Madison Avenue and 12th Street in downtown Toledo, resulting in multiple critical injuries. Candice is undergoing medical treatment and surgery.

BRAVO is a member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). In the most recent report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2013, BRAVO documented 100 incidents of anti-LGBT hate crime in Ohio.

“What emerges clearly is that many of the people at risk for the most severe hate violence are at the intersection of multiple forms of oppression and discrimination,” said Aaron Eckhardt, Training and Technical Assistance Director at the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization in Ohio. “BRAVO is saddened and outraged as our communities continue to be targeted. BRAVO remains steadfast in providing services to the LGBTQI communities of Ohio,” said Eckhardt.

“We’re providing support to Candice and the Toledo transgender community. We will continue to support Candice during her recovery, and provide resources for the Toledo transgender community,” says Shane Morgan, founder and Chair of TransOhio.

BRAVO urges anyone with information about this attack to contact the Toledo Police at (419) 245-3246, BRAVO at 866-86-BRAVO, and/or TransOhio at (614) 441-8167.

BRAVO encourages anyone who has experienced anti-LGBTQ violence in Ohio to contact us toll free, 866-86-BRAVO or

Join BRAVO in our efforts to prevent and respond to LGBTQ violence. To learn more about our statewide advocacy and services, receive technical assistance, or support, contact BRAVO.

Stop Trans Murders – Join NGLTF for a Twitter Chat Sept. 29

The ongoing homicides targeting transgender women taking place throughout the nation are tragic, abhorrent, and have no place in our society. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Transgender Civil Rights Project is responding to communities affected by this violence by providing resources, connecting community members, and engaging with officials such as police, human relations commissions, and local elected officials.

We’re working with trans advocates to figure out the best practices in monitoring the investigation of murders and engaging in strategies to prevent any additional murders. We’ve teamed up with Monica Stevens with Sistas of the “T,” Bamby Salcedo with Coalición TransLatin@, advocates with the Trans People of Color Coalition, and numerous other advocates and organizations throughout the country to continue elevating our voices and addressing a variety of issues affecting the trans community.

We’ll be hosting a one-hour Twitter Chat on Monday September 29 at 2pm ET to address the violence against transgender women of color. You can join the conversation by using the hashtag #StopTransMurders. Our Transgender Civil Rights Project Director Kylar Broadus will be engaging in the conversation through our handle @TheTaskForce.

By coming together we can talk about how we can end the violence and stop trans murders.

We look forward to you joining our conversation.
We’ll discuss issues as broad as:

–What’s the national picture on trans violence
–What’s being done
–What do we need to do NOW
–Where we go from here

We hope you’ll be with us Monday Sept. 29!

Cleveland Job Fair & be empowered! youth retreat & more!

Cleveland Volunteer Night
Friday, September 5, 2014 (this Friday!)
LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland
During the working group meeting:
Updates about the Cleveland Trans Job Fair (including logistics, attendee recruitment, business outreach and program design).
If you’ve always wanted to get involved in your local community, now is the time to do it!  Email Rashida ( for more info!

Trans* Job Fair
October 24-26, 2014
More information coming soon!

be empowered!
Community Empowerment Retreat for Trans* & Gender Non-Conforming Youth (ages 5-17)
September 26-27, 2014
Free to attend. Registration is open.
be empowered! is a Community Empowerment Retreat for Trans*/Gender Non-Conforming youth ages 5-17. The purpose of this historical opportunity is to educate and empower trans*/gender non-conforming youth to find and/or develop their best selves, as they grow into our leaders of tomorrow.
To achieve this, we will do the following:
  • Offer therapeutic avenues to build self-esteem and confidence, helping to develop empowered members of the community
  • Explore effective ways to cope with bullying and other challenging social situations
  • Create opportunities for youth to connect with other youth who have similar experiences
  • Facilitate a sense of community among transgender, gender non-conforming/queer, and questioning youth
Participants will engage in age appropriate workshops focused on self esteem, healthy relationships, personal narratives (telling your story), and community building. Both large and small group activities will be offered, and when deemed necessary, youth will be divided into separate groups based on the age ranges of 5-11 and 12-17.
Workshops and activities will be facilitated by community leaders and professionals.
This is an overnight retreat, for those who are able; and participants will be chaperoned by community volunteers, leaders, and professionals.
Both facilitator and volunteer bios will be provided prior to the beginning of the retreat.
There is no cost to attend this retreat.
Presented by TransOhio, Kaleidoscope Youth Center and First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus.

I AM TRANS filming

Interested in sharing YOUR story with us?  Let us know!

I AM TRANS is a series of personal narratives highlighting trans* residents and their allies throughout Ohio. This series will tie into our larger educational campaign for the Equal Housing and Employment Act (EHEA).  The Equal Housing and Employment Act adds “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the categories of people protected by Ohio’s laws prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations, as race, gender, religion, and other categories have long been protected.

(Left – Ashton sharing his story.  Right – videographer Amber DuPree)
We’ve started filming! Nervous? Not sure what to talk about? Not sure what to share?  No worries! We’ve got you covered!


I AM TRANS talent release (required prior to filming)

I AM TRANS prompts (topics to spark your story telling fire)


Filming dates include:

  • Saturday, September 6 in Dayton
  • Toledo, Cleveland, Cincinnati & other Ohio areas – To be announced!

If you are interested in participating in participating in our I AM TRANS project, please fill out our online information request form.