OPALGA is one of the largest community based, multipurpose lesbian and gay membership organizations in Illinois.


Posted on Jan 5, 2015

Membership in OPALGA means that you share the vision of quality of life and empowerment for the LGBT community in the Oak Park area. Our members are the livelihood of OPALGA. You provide the necessary commitment and financial support that allows OPALGA to plan for the continuation of our many successful projects. You find value […]

2015 Scholarship Application now available!!!

Posted on Dec 31, 2014
2015 Scholarship Application now available!!!

Application Deadline is April 1, 2015. OPALGA is pleased to announce a new scholarship program designed to provide financial support for the continuing education for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning students; children of LGBT parents; or allies of the LGBTQ community. The 2014 scholarship amounts are $2,000 and are paid directly to the post-secondary […]

OPALGA Celebrates 25 years

Posted on Dec 25, 2014
OPALGA Celebrates 25 years

  Rep Greg Harris, Tracy Baim, and Sen Don Harmon were the 2014 OPAL Award winners for their work in bringing marriage equality to Illinois. In the video below, VOP-TV interviews founding members about how the group overcame obstacles in its early years, and what their legacy means to Oak Park.


Posted on Sep 21, 2014

OPALGA serving beer (and drinking!) at Oaktoberfest in downtown Oak Park. What fun!

Annual OPALGA Winter Brunch

Posted on Jan 7, 2014

OPALGA is once again hosting a winter brunch to kick off the new year. This event will be free to all 2014 members. If your membership is not current, you can join or renew at the door. Otherwise, cost for the brunch will be $25 per person. See details and RSVP link below. Your reservation […]

High-energy Gala Raises More than $7000 for scholarships

Posted on Nov 5, 2013

More than 170 people attended the 17th annual OPAL Gala benefit sponsored by the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA) Saturday, November 2. Attendees at the OPAL (Oak Park Area Leadership) Gala gathered to honor Rev. Alan C. Taylor and Davida Williams while raising funds for a new education scholarship. Proceeds from the […]

Donut Day – Saturday, June 8

Posted on Jun 14, 2013

Close to 30 OPALGA volunteers will be mixing batter, frying and “dusting” donuts, and selling them at the Oak Park Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 8. This is one of our annual fundraising events – but could also be called a “fun-raising” event. It’s always a great time for the volunteers. So head to the […]

Board of Directors focus on marriage equality and upcoming events

Posted on Jun 13, 2013

A major focus of the June OPALGA board meeting, held June 11, was on supporting marriage equality. Earlier this year, OPALGA was proud to present a staged reading of “8,” a new documentary play by Dustin Lance Black. The play chronicles the federal court case for marriage equality in California. More than 300 people attended […]

OPALGA reaffirms need for gender diversity

Posted on Apr 22, 2013

At the spring membership meeting, members present voted to maintain the current requirement for having both a male and female co-chair, approved several other bylaw changes and brainstormed ideas for future programming. Close to 30 members attended the meeting on April 21. One of the main purposes of the meeting was to review and discuss […]

Day in Our Village

Posted on Apr 22, 2013

OPALGA will have a booth at the June 2 Day in Our Village. The event takes place at Scoville Park. It showcases local organizations, agencies and schools. We are currently in need of five or six people to help staff our table. If you’re willing to spend an hour so with other OPALGA members, let […]

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