Established in 1989, OPALGA is one of the largest LGBTQ membership organizations in Illinois. Our diverse membership includes women and men of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our members live in Chicago’s near-west collar suburbs, Chicago proper, and beyond.

Mission

To promote full equality for and positive attitudes toward the LGBTQ community. To provide a positive community family for our members through social activities, civic engagement, and community activism.

What We Do

•  Award scholarship funds for LGBTQ and allied students.
•  Host many social activities, including monthly potlucks, parties, theater events, parade marches, OPALGA fundraising gala, and more.
•  Participate in community volunteer efforts, including Donut Days, Village Clean-up day, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and more.
•  Participate in local community human rights forums, rallies, and parades.
•  Educate the public by providing information and resources at events like Day in our Village.

What We Have Accomplished

•  Strive to provide $10,000 in scholarships annually to help LGBTQ or allied students pursue higher education
•  Helped amend Oak Park’s Human Rights Ordinance to bar employment and housing discrimination (1989)
•  Helped secure Domestic Partnership Benefits for Oak Park Village employees (1994)
•  Helped secure Oak Park’s Domestic Partnership Registry for same-sex couples — a first-ever achievement in Illinois, and since used as a model for other communities (1997)
•  Worked to educate local school administrators to establish a Human Dignity policy for LGBTQ school employees (2009)
•  Received numerous awards for community service
•  Served as a Gay Games VII sponsor and hosted events in Oak Park (2006)
•  Rallied locally and in Springfield for the passage of Civil Unions and Marriage Equality in Illinois (2013)

2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JAN 13 Annual Meeting & Brunch
FEB 2GCFD Volunteer Day
FEB 8POTLUCK
FEB 19Hamburger Mary’s Bingo
MAR 8POTLUCK
APR 12POTLUCK
MAY 10POTLUCK
MAY 28Memorial Day Parade
JUNE 2A Day in our Village
JUNE 12POTLUCK
JULY 44th of July Parade
JULY 12POTLUCK
AUG 9POTLUCK
SEPT 13 POTLUCK
OCT 11 POTLUCK
OCT 26 SCHOLARSHIP GALA
NOV 8 POTLUCK
DEC 13POTLUCK