LGBTQIA+ Community Resources in Chicago and the Oak Park area

Business Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce promotes opportunities for the LGBT community by being and advocate and resource for all member businesses that promote equality.

Community Centers Center on Halsted will be a focal point for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Chicago, serving the community’s diverse social, recreational, cultural, and social service needs.

Diversity  Affinity 95 is a Black- and queer-led group that works to advance social justice within and for Black LGBTQ communities.  It has a book club, hosts support groups and organizes events to provide information about wellness and resources to people in need.  Brave Space Alliance is a Black- and trans-led organization that works to empower and provide resources to queer and trans people, particularly those of color.  It's opened a food pantry and helped participants connect with jobs.

Drug & Alcohol Addiction provides information regarding drug and alcohol addiction in the LGBTQ+ community, statistics and trends, related psychological disorders, information on spotting the signs and hotlines for assistance.

Education & Support GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, now in its 10th year, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for ALL students.  Therapy Researchers just finished creating a helpful, in-depth guide about online therapy. They analyzed 19 companies’ affordable care, multiple contact methods (text, video calls, or voice messaging), licensed therapists (at least 3 years of experience & a valid state license), and usability  The Safe Schools Coalition: An International Public-Private Partnership in Support of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth is to help schools – at home and all over the world – become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Families & Parenting Children of Lesbian and Gay Everywhere (COLAGE) engages, connects, and empowers people to make the world a better place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender parents and families. Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. Rainbow Rumpus - An online magazine for children with LGBT parents.

Health  AIDS Foundation of Chicago advocates for and provides resources to people living with or vulnerable to HIV and AIDS.  It helps people get tested for HIV and connects those with HIV to health care.
Across the country, a survey by the National Coalition of STD Directors found that 83% of STD programs have paused services and community visits, and 66% of clinics reported a decrease in sexual health screening and testing due to COVID-19. Here at, we wanted to play our part to help individuals that cannot make it to a clinic or do not have an established source of care access STD testing through all the available telemedicine platforms and
at-home tests. You can learn more about it here: Bicycle Health is an online medication-assisted treatment provider for opioid dependence.  The LGBTQ community, unfortunately, faces many challenges, including discrimination, bullying, lack of support, and high levels of daily and chronic stress. This can potentially lead to an increased risk for substance use disorders.

Legal The American Civil Liberties Union works in part to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including Native Americans and other people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor. Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

National Help The GLBT National Help Center is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity. We are an outgrowth of the Gay & Lesbian National Hotline, which began in 1996 and now is a primary program of the GLBT National Help Center.Gay and Lesbian National Hotline 1-888-843-4564

News sources / Local Media The Chicago Free Press, a Rainbow Media Publication, is aimed at an urban gay and lesbian audience. CFP covers gay life today – with news, analysis, commentary, health, business, auto, travel, real estate, entertainment and photography. Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Radio, and publishes Windy City Times, The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community, Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity. The Wednesday Journal Of Oak Park and River Forest is published weekly and provides local coverage of the Oak Park area.

News sources / National Media The Advocate is America’s leading gay news and entertainment magazine. It reports on the people, events, and experiences that impact the lives of gay men and lesbians across the country.

Political Equality Illinois’ mission is to secure, protect and defend the basic civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the state of Illinois. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. Log Cabin Republicans courageously stand on the front lines of today’s most important battleground for gay and lesbian civil rights. We are the nation’s leading voice for fairness, inclusion, and tolerance in the GOP. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc. (NGLTF, Inc.), founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1974, works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. The National Stonewall Democrats is a grassroots network connecting LGBT Democratic activists. With more than 90 chapters across the country, Stonewall is a grassroots force for social change within our movement and within our party. Our members do the hard work of calling voters, putting together campaign mailings, going door-to-door for our fair-minded candidates and having tough conversations with Democratic party officials about why our families need and deserve more support from our party and its elected officials.

Queer Youth Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation & Youth: A Primer for Principals, Educators and School Personnel. The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth invite youth to take advantage of the wide range of resources available for both youth and educators. The Trevor Project Helpline is the only national 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention hot line aimed at gay and questioning youth. It is geared toward helping those in crisis, or those wanting information on how to help someone in crisis. Calls are handled by highly trained counselors and are free and confidential.Trevor Project Gay and Lesbian Hotline 1-866-488-7386.

Religious Organizations  Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches is a collection of more than 80 churches and ministries in the Chicagoland area that welcome and affirm all people. DignityUSA works for respect and justice for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy and support.  Soulforce's purpose is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance. Our ministry dedicates itself to the full equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersexed and questioning people seeking spiritual home. Through arms of education and advocacy, we reach out in support and affirmation acknowledging the image of our loving Creator in every person.

Seniors SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. SAGE offers support services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes for LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and SAGECare. Chicago Prime Timers provides mature gay and bisexual men opportunities to come together in a supportive atmosphere to enjoy social, educational, and recreational activities. Events include dining, brunches, potlucks, parties, bicycling, bowling, plays, movies, bar nights, cards, local tours, vacation tours, and more.

Transgender IFGE advocates for freedom of gender expression. We promote the understanding and acceptance of All People: Transgender, Transsexual, Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Straight, Butch, Femme, Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, and of course – You! The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.