The theme of the 2015 OPAL Gala is A Celebration of Community. A lot has happened in the last few years and we are grateful to be part of our larger community. The event will be on Saturday October 24th at the Carleton in Oak Park. This event will include a sit-down dinner, minimal presentations, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]