Center for Women and Returning Adults

                  Welcome to Safe Zone for Students!

What is a Safe Zone? A Safe Zone is a place where students can talk freely about being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender without fear of criticism or hatred, where LGBT students will not only be supported, but affirmed and valued.

Safe Zone for Students offers workshops designed to help students better understand the challenges facing their LGBT classmates, friends, family and co-workers. Students who complete the workshop will receive a rainbow wristband that signals their commitment to being more effective allies and advocates for LGBT people. Stay tuned for the latest news on upcoming Safe Zone events and workshops!


Below is a list of organizations and agencies in and around northeast Indiana that are welcoming and nurturing to LGBTQ individuals. Some also offer counseling and other services especially for members of the LGBTQ community:

The Resource Center at IPFW

Walb Student Union Room 111A

2101 East Coliseum Boulevard

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805


The Resource Center at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne provides an educational, supportive, accepting, and inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer) students through support services and educational efforts that reduce heterosexism, genderism, homophobia, and transphobia. The Resource Center aims to create a campus climate where all community members are encouraged to promote and defend diversity.

The Center for Nonviolence

235 W. Creighton Avenue

 Fort Wayne, Indiana 46807


The Center for Nonviolence provides education, support and advocacy to end relationship violence and other forms of violence while modeling equality and power sharing.

Sara and Albert Reuben Partners in Health Education - Planned Parenthood of Northeast Indiana

3914 West Jefferson Boulevard

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804


Sara and Albert Reuben Partners in Health Education is the education arm of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, providing education about sexuality and health. The program’s goal is to help people develop a broader understanding of human sexuality and make healthy, responsible decisions.

Fort Wayne Pride

For more information call:

Nikki Fultz, Director


or click here to find them on Facebook

Fort Wayne Pride has organized the Fort Wayne Pride celebration since 1997. Through the years, crowds have grown from 100 to more than 5,000. Pride is dedicated to bringing safe, fun events to the LGBTQ community and straight allies.

Women’s Bureau

2417 Fairfield Avenue

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805


The Women’s Bureau has served more than 350,000 women and children through the Transitions program, which uses a holistic approach to help women overcome addiction; and through the REACT program, which strives to prevent rape, and provides comprehensive services for victims of rape.

YWCA Northeast Indiana

1610 Spy Run Avenue

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805


CRISIS LINE (24/7): 800.441.4073

The YWCA Northeast Indiana is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The YWCA Northeast Indiana operates Indiana's longest-serving domestic violence crisis shelter, and serves northeast Indiana's most diverse refugee community. YWCA Northeast Indiana serves Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells and Whitley counties.  

Bowen Center

The Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services, Inc., is a private not-for-profit, comprehensive community mental health center licensed by the Indiana Division of Mental Health. The center’s professional team of psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, therapists and chemical dependency specialists, provides effective help with a full range of personal concerns. (The Bowen Center has offices in Albion, Columbia City, Fort Wayne, Huntington, LaGrange, Plymouth, Syracuse, Wabash, and Warsaw.)

To make an appointment: 1.800.342.5653 / EMERGENCY LINE (24/7): 800.733.5631

Sexual Assault Treatment Center

2270 Lake Avenue Suite 201

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805


The Sexual Assault Treatment Center (SATC) provides first-response medical forensic examinations to women, children and men who have been victims of sexual assault.  Services are available 24/7 at no cost to our patients. The SATC responds to sexual assaults in Allen County and the fifteen surrounding counties.

AIDS Task Force

525 Oxford Street

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806


The AIDS Task Force in northeast Indiana is dedicating to improving the quality of life for men, women and children with HIV and AIDS, to educate the community and reduce the incidence of HIV and STD infection, and to increase the public’s understanding of and compassionate response to HIV and AIDS. (Confidential AIDS testing is available.)

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) - Fort Wayne

P.O. Box 5086

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805


Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through; SUPPORT, to encourage a healthy family and community perspective; EDUCATION, to enlighten the public; and ADVOCACY, to secure equal civil and human rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

 Northeast Indiana Diversity Library

 P.O. Box 5537

Fort Wayne, IN  46895

260. 481.0783

The Northeast Indiana Diversity Library (NIDL) is both a free-lending library of over 5000 circulating items and an archive of local and regional gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) history. Located in Room B41 in the basement of Helmke Library on the IPFW campus, the library serves over 560 registered patrons who come from all over the Northeast Indiana region and surrounding states. 

Regional and Statewide Organizations


Indiana Youth Group

2943 East 46th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Indiana Youth Group’s main function is to provide a safe place for LGBT youth along with programming and gay youth support services within its activity center.  IYG also provides LGBT cultural sensitivity trainings to schools, universities, faith-based organizations, mental health facilities, and government organizations.  IYG also helps Gay-Straight Alliances within Indiana grow and helps students and schools start GSA's.

Lambda Legal – Midwest Regional Office

11 East Adams Street Suite 1008

Chicago, Illinois 60603


Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to safeguard and advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and policy work.

Indiana Equality Action

P.O. Box 20621

Indianapolis, Indiana 46220


Indiana Equality Action (IE Action) is an Indiana non-profit corporation dedicated to advancing equal rights for and fighting discrimination against all Hoosier citizens regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana

1031 East Washington Street

Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded in 1920 to work in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people – including LGBT people - in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.


Plymouth Congregational Church

501 West Berry Street

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802


Unitarian Universalist Congregation

5310 Old Mill Road

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46807


Congregation Achduth Vesholom (Reform)

5200 Old Mill Road

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46807