Beyond Identities Community Center

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The Beyond Identities Community Center (BICC), a youth outreach program of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, opened at 3615 Superior Avenue in 2004. Following the closure of the Club 1722 Youth Project, the BICC was established to “provide a safe place for youth, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or race.” Much like its predecessor, the BICC’s primary goal was to “reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS infection among sexual minority youth in the Cleveland area.” The BICC offered free health testing, youth workshops, discussion groups, counseling services, mentorship, recreational opportunities, and youth-centered cultural and health events. During the week, the BICC was open to youths ages 13-22. On Saturdays, however, the BICC welcomed “college aged youths aged 18-24” to attend curated film screenings and events.

Gay People’s Chronicle. June 17, 2011.

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3615 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

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