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)

2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

APR 13POTLUCK
APR 14GCFD Volunteer Day
MAY 11POTLUCK
MAY 28Memorial Day parade
JUNE 3A Day in our Village
JUNE 8POTLUCK
JUNE 16Donut Days
JULY 4July 4th parade
JULY 13POTLUCK
JULY 28GCFD Volunteer Day
AUG 10POTLUCK
SEPT 14POTLUCK
OCT 5POTLUCK
OCT 13Scholarship Gala
NOV 9POTLUCK
DEC 14POTLUCK