LGBT Resources

 

From The Center On Halsted

9 to 12 Bowling Leagues
Meets at: River Rand Bowl
191 N. River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
retroactive1@comcast.net
Contact: Robert Homa
Celebrating its 30th season, its two GLBT leagues meet once a month on either the first Saturday or third Saturday of the month at River/Rand Bowl, 191 S River Rd, Des Plaines. The league is open to all adults regardless of bowling ability. The "classic" league on the third Saturday of the month is traditional ten pin bowling while the "no tap" league on the first Saturday of the month offers a strike even if you only knock down 9 pins on the first ball! During the season, people are encouraged to come out and watch or even be a substitute bowler for those who are absent. During the summer, we are always looking to add new individual bowlers, couples and occasional teams of four for the upcoming fall season.
 
About Face Theatre
1222 W. Wilson Ave.
2nd Floor West
Chicago, IL 60640
773-784-8565 ext. 108
heather@aboutfacetheatre.com
Contact: Heather Schmucker
http://www.aboutfacetheatre.com
 
ACLU of Illinois LGBT & AIDS Project
180 N. Michigan, 2300
Chicago, IL 60601
(312)-201-9740
http://www.aclu-il.org

The ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project works to fight all forms of discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender persons, and individuals affected by AIDS. Our efforts include litigation in state and federal courts on behalf of individuals and classes of clients, direct and grassroots outreach to legislators in the Illinois General Assembly and in Congress, and organizing campaigns to move public opinion to support equality for all persons in Illinois and across the nation. National website is www.aclu.org/lgbt
 
Addiction Recovery of the Deaf (ARD) - Anixter Center
2001 N. Clybourn Avenue Suite 301
Chicago, IL 60614-4036
773-227-8530
LThomas@anixter.org
Contact: Leslie Thomas
http://www.anixter.org

Our Mission:

Addiction Recovery of the Deaf (ARD) is the first and only substance abuse treatment program in Illinois designed to meet the needs of adults who are deaf or hard of hearing through Intensive Outpatient and Standard Outpatient services.

The mission of Anixter Center is to enhance the ability of individuals living with or at risk of disabilities to live, work and play in the community.

"We see the ability in everyone"


 
Affinity Community Services
5650 S. Woodlawn, Garden Level
Chicago, IL 60637
773-324-0377
executivedirector@affinity95.org
Contact: Kim Hunt, Executive Director
http://www.affinity95.org

Affinity has become the largest organization in the Midwest serving African American lesbian and bisexual women, and a nationally recognized model for this kind of community outreach.



Our Mission: Affinity's mission is to provide comprehensive services and a safe space on the South Side of Chicago for Lesbians, bisexual, and transgender women, and LGBTQ youth of color.
 
After School Matters
http://www.afterschoolmattersdata.org

Our Mission: A writing and performance program for LGBTQ youth of all backgrounds. Youth draw "raw material" from their real lives and stories, find their voice, strengthen their imaginative capabilities, and develop chararacters who speak their truths.
 
AGLO: Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach
http://www.aglochicago.org

We, the members of the Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach, as people of God, create a sense of community for those who wish to reconcile their sexual orientation with their faith; provide an accepting and affirming atmosphere in which to worship in the Catholic tradition; provide opportunities for integration of personal experience through spiritual growth; share our distinctive gifts with each other and the Church at large, and witness our Catholic faith to the gay and lesbian community.


 
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
411 S. Wells
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607
312-922-2322
romanb@aidschicago.org
Contact: Roman Buenrostro
http://www.aidschicago.org
 
AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
188 W. Randolph, suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60601
312-427-8990
info@aidslegal.com
Contact: Justin Hayford
http://www.aidslegal.com

As the only agency in the state devoted solely to serving the legal needs of people with HIV/AIDS, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago provides legal assistance and representation to low-income residents of Cook County with HIV on a wide range of legal issues related to their status, including Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, Immigration, Employment and Returning to Work, Discrimination, Insurance, Wills and Powers of Attorney, Permanency Planning for Families with Children, Debtor-Creditor issues, and HIV Testing and Confidentiality. The Council also provides brief telephone consultations on these issues to people with HIV regardless of income or Cook County resident status and to HIV service providers throughout the state.
 
American Veterans for Equal Rights
P.O. Box 29317
Chicago, IL 60629
773 752 0058
jamesdarby@aol.com
Contact: Jim Darby
http://www.aver.us
 
Amigas Latinas
3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613
773-661-0940
info@amigaslatinas.org
http://www.amigaslatinas.org/
 
 Artemis Singers
P.O. Box 578296
Chicago, IL 60657
773-764-4465
info@artemissingers.org
Contact: Nicky Joice
www.artemissingers.org

Our Mission:

Inducted into the City of Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2008, Artemis Singers has been a mainstay in lesbian feminist cultural life for 30 years.  Artemis Singers is a lesbian feminist chorus comprised of women with diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to performing music written or arranged by women.  The chorus works to effect positive change in cultural attitudes toward women and women artists, as well as to increase the visibility of lesbian feminists.

 

Membership is open to all women singers, regardless of musical background.  No audition is required, but you must love to sing and be available for rehearsal on Thursday evenings.
Asians and Friends Chicago
PO Box A-3916
Chicago , IL 60690-3916
Hotline 312-409-1573
http://www.afchicago.org/
 
Association for Latino Men in Action
3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 661-0926
http://www.almachicago.org
 
Bare Boned Theatre
6161 N. Winthrop Ave. #406
Chicago, IL 60660
773.764.7645
barebonedtheatre@gmail.com
http://www.barebonedtheatre.org

Bare Boned Theatre will present dynamic work as seen through our own eyes; the way we see people everyday rather than preconceived notions of type. Through non-traditional casting and the development of physical and dynamic staging, we strive to revive the classics, re-interpret contemporary drama and develop new works, utilizing and exploring new techniques along the way. We produce Chicago's only GLBT-themed live soap opera, THE VILLE, Mondays at Mary's Attic (5400 N. Clark).  Check www.barebonedtheatre.org for exact dates.
 
Better Existence with HIV (BEHIV)
1244 W. Thorndale
Chicago, IL 60660
773-293-4740
juliesupple@behiv.org
Contact: Julie Supple
http://www.behiv.org

BEHIV is one of only a few comprehensive AIDS service organizations in the Chicago area and the only comprehensive provider for the North Shore. Founded in 1989 by community volunteers and based in Evanston and Chicago, BEHIV provides case management, mental health, alternative therapies (art therapy and massage therapy) and housing assistance services to persons living with HIV/AIDS on the North side of Chicago and Northern Cook County.

In addition to direct care for persons living with HIV/AIDS, BEHIV provides comprehensive prevention services including HIV and STI testing, group support, individual risk reduction services, and outreach. Our innovative prevention education programs reach thousands of young people each year.

Better Existence with HIV (BEHIV) two locations:1244 W. Thorndale, Chicago, IL  60660, 773-293-4740, 773-293-4750 (fax)  AND 1740 Ridge, Suite 100A, Evanston, IL  60201, 847-475-2115, 847-475-2820 (fax). For more information, contact Julie Supple at juliesupple@behiv.org
 
Broadway United Methodist Church
3338 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
773-348-2679
jenny@BrdwyUMC.org
Contact: Jenny R. Weber, Lead Pastor
http://www.brdwyumc.org/

Our Mission: God calls Broadway United Methodist Church to be a faith community embracing the diversity of our Chicago neighborhood and larger community. We welcome all persons - celebrating the human family's God-given diversity.
 

CALOR A Division of Anixter Center
5038 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639
Telephone: 773-385-9080
AskCALOR@anixter.org
http://www.calor.org/

In a relaxed and confidential atmosphere, our bilingual professional staff assists individuals with disabilities and their families, including those impacted by HIV / AIDS, to identify their needs and design a plan to best meet them.

Based on an individual’s needs and eligibility, CALOR helps people with disabilities to lead healthier and more productive lives.
 

Chicago 35
Correspondence Address:
1187 Wilmette, #24B
Wilmette, IL 60091
847-622-4493
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Chicago35/

Chicago 35 has served the community for over 20 years by offering monthly luncheons with guest speakers and other social functions. Luncheon cost is $15.

Our Mission: Chicago 35 is an interactive social organization for lesbian women 35 years or older in the Chicago area.
 
Chicago Anti-Bashing Network
4404 N. Magnolia
Suite 420
Chicago , IL 60640
773-878-4781
CABNstopthehate@aol.com
http://www.cabn.org
 
Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Offices
3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613
773-303-0167
info@glchamber.org
http://www.glchamber.org/

The Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit corporation established to promote the development and growth of successful business enterprises by persons who self identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual or transgender persons.
 
Chicago Department of Public Health
Division of STD/HIV/AIDS Public Policy and Programs
333 South State, Room 2150
Chicago, IL 60604
312-747-9812
http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalEntityHomeAction.do?entityName=Health&entityNameEnumValue=21

Our Mission: The mission of the Chicago Department of Public Health, Division of STD/HIV/AIDS Public Policy and Programs is to work in partnership with the community to use the best public health practices for the prevention and treatment of HIV and sexually transmitt
 
Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame
740 North Sedgwick Street, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60610-3478
(312) 744-7911
info@glhalloffame.org
http://www.glhalloffame.org

Our Mission: The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is both a historic event and an exhibit. Through the Hall of Fame, residents of Chicago and the world are made aware of the contributions of Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and the communities' efforts to eradicate homophobic bias and discrimination. Since our inception in 1991, our mission has continued to expand. In addition to the selection of each year's new inductees a large portion of our time is devoted to being custodian of records for the exemplary inductees we have honored. As time passes, it is our goal to see that the achievements of our predecessors are not lost or forgotten.
 
Chicago Gay Men's Chorus (CGMC)
2936 N. Southport, Ste. 210
Chicago, IL 60657
773-296-0541
info@cgmc.org
http://www.cgmc.org

The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) has been an integral part of Chicago’s cultural and gay communities for 25 years. In that time, we have entertained audiences across the continent with innovative musical programming exploring everything from love to politics to the sometimes fabulous, sometimes challenging world of being gay—often all at the same time. Our always-memorable performances have included original musical revues; four popular productions celebrating the Sidetrack show tune experience; full-length book musicals like The Wizard of Oz, The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore; and traditional choral concerts—all punctuated with our signature joyous irreverence.
 
Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival
Chicago Filmmakers
5423 N. Clark Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640
773.293.1447
reeling@chicagofilmmakers.org
Contact: Brenda Webb
http://www.reelingfilmfestival.org

The Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival provides a unique opportunity for the celebration of lesbian and gay identity for a community too often misrepresented or ignored in mainstream film and television. To learn more, visit the website.

Our Mission: The mission of Reeling is to recognize the important artistic contributions that lesbian and gay filmmakers have made to our culture; to educate the general population and sensitize them to lesbian and gay issues; to investigate the history of gays and lesbians in film, including the stereotyping that has been a major part of this history; and to counteract this stereotyping with valid, meaningful and diverse portrayals of gays and lesbians.
 
Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA)
3023 N. Clark St.
Box 806
Chicago, IL 60657
312-409-7932
President@chicagomsa.com
http://www.chicagomsa.com
 
Chicago Prime Timers
PO Box 146681
Chicago, IL 60614-6681
312-409-1590 (Voice mail)
chicagoprimetimers@comcast.net
http://www.primetimersww.org/chicago

A social organization for older gay men and those who enjoy their company

Our Mission: Provides activities in an atmosphere of mutual respect and support. Through our affiliation with Prime Timers World Wide we also foster contact with over fifty other Prime timers groups and individuals in the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere.
 
Chicagoland Gay and Lesbian Professionals Meetup Group
http://www.meetup.com/chicagopros/about/

Chicagoland Professionals is a social group which provides gay and lesbian professionals the opportunity to meet and network. We are opening the door for networking and discussion with like-minded individuals in a safe environment that respects each individual.  Current members come from diverse backgrounds such as law, sales, and the healthcare industry. We currently have RNs, MBAs, MDs and several PhDs.  We engage in a number of social activities designed to encourage interaction and enjoyment.  All events are organized by our individual members based upon their interests, and we encourage all members to volunteer to host events they enjoy. 
 
Chi-Town Squares
PMB 167
5315 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640-2113
(312) 342-8249
chi-townsquares@sbcglobal.net
Contact: Matt Schnitgen
http://www.iagsdc.org/chi-townsquares

Our Mission: Organized in 1987, Chi-Town Squares promotes, dances and teaches modern square dancing. Membership and participation are open to everyone. We welcome all dancers, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, ethnic background, or sexual orientation.
 
 
Chi Chapter, P. O Box 303, Wood Dale, IL 60191
Chi Chapter info/message line: 708-383-1677

http://chi-chapter.org/

The mission of Chi Chapter is to support people who wish to present as the gender different than that which matches their birth sex. This support includes help with self acceptance, help with acceptance by family, and help with a positive presentation.  Members self identify in many ways which include being transgender, transsexual, cross-dresser or bi-gendered. Chi Chapter also supports significant others, their family and friends.  Chi Chapter has an outreach program providing panels with of a range of transgender people to speak to classes.

Chi Chapter has monthly meetings giving members the opportunity to be out as their preferred gender in a welcoming environment.  At meetings we have a variety of discussions regarding gender.  Meeting programs are to entertain and educate.  We offer changing rooms at our meetings and have our own private washrooms.  Our Girls Night Out Socials are in a restaurant/bar and just for fun.

Monthly Events Location:  Doubletree Hotel – Oak Brook, 1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook IL

COLAGE Chicago
chicago@colage.org
http://www.colage.org/chicago

Our Mission: COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parents. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy. COLAGE Chicago holds fun monthly meetings for youth age 8-18 with one or more LGBTQ parents. For more information about our events, email chicago@colage.org.

 
Community Technology Center
Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613
773.472.6469, ext. 267
ctc@centeronhalsted.org
Contact: Brian Minka
http://www.centeronhalsted.org/prog_ctc.html

Our Mission: The Dr. David J. Lochman Cyber Center / Community Technology Center's mission is to provide technology and internet resources to help eliminate the digital divide, specifically for the LGBT populations in Chicago and surrounding communities.
 
Congregation Or Chadash
5959 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660
773-271-2148
Contact: Rabbi Laurence Edwards
http://www.orchadash.org

Our Mission: Serves the GLBT Jewish community and those interested in it. Weekly services and regular social and educational activities.
 
Creating Change Conference: Nov. 8-12
Kansas City, Missouri, Westin Crown Center
Kansas City, MO 202-639-6333
creatingchange@thetaskforce.org
http://www.creatingchange.org

Visit the website for more information and to register. Creating Change is for you if you are: an activist and organizer in your community, campus or workplace; a board member, staff member or leader in a LGBT organization, community center or foundation; an elected or appointed official; an advocate for our communities; a change agent for justice, freedom & equality for all.

Our Mission: The Task Force remains firmly committed to addressing the impact of racism in this country, in our movement and in our organization. The primary educational goal of Creating Change is to build an anti-racist LGBT movement that includes and reflects the perspectives, needs and priorities of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activists of all ages, races, ethnic and language origins, spiritualities and incomes.
 
Dignity/Chicago
3023 N. Clark St.
Suite 237
Chicago, IL 60657-5200
312-458-9438
dignitychicago@aol.com
Contact: Steve Forst
http://www.dignitychicago.org/

Roman Catholic Mass every Sunday 5:00 p.m. at 3344 N. Broadway St.
 
Donor Sibling Registry
http://www.donorsiblingregistry.com

The Donor Sibling Registry is a grass-roots organization looking to form coalition partnerships with GLBT non-profits for advocacy and education. The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) is a home to straight, GLBT, and single parent families.  While we are a non-GLBT specific organization, we are committed to GLBT civil rights, equality, and diversity, and are uniquely positioned to be a watchdog advocacy organization to ensure that GLBT prospective parents and donors are treated equally and fairly.

DSR has enabled more than 5,500 children conceived as a result of sperm, egg, or embryo donation to find and connect with half-siblings. DSR also offers a space for prospective parents to help them decide among donors by viewing information about their offspring, and even connecting with their offspring’s families.  The DSR has a large number of resources regarding talking to children about donor conception, as well as articles and links for prospective parents so that they may decide whether a “willing to be known” donor is best for their family.


 
Equality Illinois
3712 N. Broadway #125
Chicago, IL 60613
773-477-7173
Equalityillinois@cs.com
Contact: Joseph Cisneros, Rick Garcia
http://www.equalityillinois.org
 
Femme to Femme Chicago
(773) 412-3331
f2fchicago-owner@yahoogroups.com
Contact: Beverly Spangler, Chairperson
http://www.f2fchicago.com

Femme to Femme Chicago is a group for femme-identified* lesbians and bisexual women of diverse backgrounds, interests, and professions. Our meetings provide a supportive, gay-focused, femme-only, space to nurture friendships, provide outreach to the femme lesbian community, discuss educational topics, and network businesses. In addition to meetings, we host and coordinate social events for 'f2f' members, friends, and allies. We also hold fundraisers and provide volunteer services to many LGBT and allied organizations around Chicago. *as defined by each woman, not by f2f.
 
Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago
PO Box 148313
Chicago, IL 60614-8313
312-409-2790
FRFWChicag@aol.com
http://www.FRFWChicago.org/

Fun Runs/Walks at 9:00 am Sat and Tue 6:30 pm at Totem Pole at Addison In Lincoln Park
 
GenderWork
4753 N Broadway St
Suite 608
Chicago, IL 60640
773-659-9207
info@genderworkchicago.org
Contact: Nick Winter
http://www.genderworkchicago.org

GenderWork meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month from 5-6:30pm at the Bridgeview Bank Building at 4753 N. Broadway, Suite 608.
 
Gerber/Hart Library & Archives
1127 W. Granville Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
773-381-8030
Contact: Dave Howser
http://www.gerberhart.org/

Our Mission: LGBT Information Resource and Archives. Founded in 1981, G/H hosts various programs and events to dispel homophombia by providing affirming information about LGBT persons.
 
GLBT/Queer Dharma Buddhist Group at Chicago Shambhala Center
Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center
7331 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626
773-230-3886
queerdharma@chicagoshambhala.org
Contact: Jon Feller
http://www.queerdharma.org/site/cont_com_org.shtml

Our Mission: Meets every Sunday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 PM  for meditation with instruction, a talk and discussion, and refreshments and socialization.
 
Holy Covenant United Methodist Church
925 W. Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
773.528.6462
pastortrey@holycovenantumc.org
Contact: Pastor Trey Hall
http://www.holycovenantumc.org

Worship Gatherings: Sundays @ 9am and 11am

Our Mission: Holy Covenant Church is making room for all God’s people, seeking justice for all God’s people, and finding joy with all God’s people.  We are a Reconciling Congregation—whatever your sexual orientation or gender identity, race or ethnicity, background or belief, age, gender, or ability, you are God’s beloved and are truly welcome here!
 
Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care
833 W. Chicago
Chicago, IL 60622
312-733-2233
info@horizonhospice.org
http://www.horizonhospice.org

Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care provides an array of services to the community, regardless of background or financial situation. Programs include: hospice, palliative care, volunteer services, community outreach and education, pediatric care and support, complementary and alternative therapies, grief/bereavement support, and pain and symptom management for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Our Mission: Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care, Chicago’s first hospice, is a not-for-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to provide comfort for the dying, to preserve dignity at the end of life for all in need of services, and to educate the community.
 
Howard Brown Health Center
4025 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60613
773-388-1600
http://www.howardbrown.org

The midwest's largest gay, lesbian, and bisexual health organization.

Our Mission: To promote the well-being of glbt persons through clinical care, educational, social service, and research activities.
 
Hubris Productions
724 W. Roscoe #3S
Chicago, IL 60657
773.784.2772
pr@hubrisproductions.com
http://www.hubrisproductions.com/

Hubris Productions will engage, challenge and inspire our community to acknowledge the diversity in the world around us.  Through our education and outreach programs, new play development and main stage productions, we will create an ongoing dialogue about social inclusiveness.
 
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036-3278
202-628-4160
hrc@hrc.org
http://www.hrc.org/

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, envisions an America where GLBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. HRC has close to 600,000 members - all committed to making this vision of equality a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support to fair-minded candidates, and works to educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting GLBT Americans, including relationship recognition, workplace, family, and health issues. The HRC Foundation - an HRC-affiliated organization - engages in research and provides public education and programming.

Our Mission: As America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign provides a national voice on GLBT issues. HRC effectively lobbies Congress, mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect a fair-minded Congress, and increases public understanding through innovative education and communication strategies. HRC is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity to ensure that GLBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
 
Illinois Gender Advocates
47 West Division St., #391
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 409-5489
IGA@genderadvocates.org
http://www.genderadvocates.org/

Illinois Gender Advocates is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to achieving equal human and civil rights gender minorities, including transgender, intersex, and other gender variant members of our society who are often singled out for discrimination. We support all minorities in the struggle for equal rights.

Our Mission: The Mission is to advocate for gender variant people, including but not limited to transgendered people, by means of educating the general public and acting as an advocate for the rights of the gender variant in public and private forums. We have two areas of focus: Legal and legislative advocacy, and advocacy for the rights of transgender and gender variant youth.
 
Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance)
70 E. Lake St, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60601
312.368.9070
info@illinoissafeschools.org
http://www.illinoissafeschools.org/

The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance envisions a world in which youth develop to their fullest potential, learning in safe and nurturing schools, living in communities that accept and honor differences, where everyone has the freedom to express their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The goals of the Alliance are: 1) Public education: To educate and involve schools, community organizations, parents, public officials, youth and the general public in Illinois, regarding sexual orientation and gender identity issues and the needs of LGBTQ youth in schools; 2) Youth Organizing: To engage youth across the state of Illinois to become leaders in the LGBTQ safe schools movement and be agents of change in their own schools and communities; 3) Policy Advocacy: To conduct advocacy activities that will result in the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity issues in the programs and policies that support the safety and well-being of youth.

The Alliance is the result of the joining of forces between Creating Safe Schools for Illinois (CSSI-formerly GLSEN Chicago) and the Coalition for Education on Sexual Orientation (CESO). The two organizations have joined together to lead the LGBTQ safe schools movement in Illinois and to focus on implementing a model of working with school districts on the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. Our model includes policy advocacy with school district administrators, training for school personnel, and technical assistance with young people on existing or emerging gay/straight alliances.



Our Mission: The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) mission is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research.
 
Invisible to Invincible (i2i)
chicagoi2i@yahoo.com
http://www.chicagoi2i.org

Invisible to Invincible (i2i) is dedicated to fostering support and building community for Chicago-area Asians & Pacific Islanders who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning.  Some events we've organized include:  an open mic night giving voice to LGBT Asian & Pacific Islander writers, a panel discussion of our unique issues from both a local and global perspective, a sushi night honoring API athletes of the Gay Games, and a co-presentation of two films at the Reeling Film Festival.  We also have monthly socials that are open to both queer API and their diverse allies.

 
Khuli Zaban
312-409-2753
nhemmady@hotmail.com
http://www.geocities.com/WestHollywood/9993/

Khuli Zaban is a Chicago-based non-profit organization of South Asian and West Asian women who love women.
 
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323-993-7400
http://www.laglc.org

Please visit the LAGLC website to learn more, including building locations, a description of services provided, contact information, and, vision, mission, and values statements.
 
Lakeside Pride Musical Ensembles
PO Box 618451
Chicago, IL 60661-8451
773-381-6693
info@lakesidepride.org
Contact: Ken Woodhouse, General Manager
http://www.lakesidepride.org/

Our Mission: Lakeside Pride is a musical organization committed to the education of the public at large about the positive aspects of the metropolitan Chicago lesbian and gay community through public musical performances, workshops, and non-musical events. We provide a forum for adult musicians to meet and improve their skills by playing in various ensembles, providing great music to the community along the way.
 
Lakeview Citizens' Council
GLBT Issues Committee
867 W, Buckingham Place
Chicago, IL 60657
773-983-3958
glbt@lakeviewcitizens.org
Contact: Greg Kiriazes, Chairperson
http://www.lakeviewcitizens.org
 
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Midwest Regional Office
11 East Adams, Suite 1008
Chicago , IL 60603
312-663-4413
LLDEFMRO@lambdalegal.org
http://www.lambdalegal.org/

Our Mission: Lambda is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
 
Lavender Journeys
Prime Endeavors
PO Box 578295
Chicago, IL 60657
312 643-0452
info@lavenderjourneys.com
Contact: Kathleen White
http://www.lavenderjourneys.com

Join lesbian trips to Europe, summer and fall 2009: Amsterdam, UK, Germany, Czech Republic. Free profiles and free matches. Free accommodations: be a house guest or do a home exchange. Socialize with lesbian travelers and local lesbians at your destination. Invite lesbian travelers to socialize or stay with you.


Our Mission: Increased intercultural understanding and friendship among lesbians locally, nationally and internationally through experiences as hostesses and travelers and through friendship and dating.
 
Leather Archives & Museum
6418 N. Greenview
Chicago , IL 60626
773-761-9200
archives@leatherarchives.org
Contact: Rick Storer
http://www.leatherarchives.org/
 
Legal Assistance Foundation: HIV/AIDS Project
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
111 W. Jackson, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60604
312-347-8309
Contact: Michelle Gilbert
http://www.lafchicago.org

The HIV/AIDS Project at the Legal Assistance Foundation provides legal advocacy and representation to low income people with HIV/AIDS in a variety of areas. We can answer legal questions, advocate, prepare legal documents or appear in court. We can provide assistance, counseling and training in the following areas: income assistance, family law, housing, consumer, discrimination, legal documents, and confidentiality.
 
Lesbian Community Cancer Project (LCCP), a program of Howard Brown Health Center
4025 N. Sheridan
Chicago, IL 60613
773-388-1600
catj@howardbrown.org
Contact: Catherine Jefcoat
http://www.lccp.org/

Our Mission: The Lesbian Community Care Project, a program of Howard Brown Health Center, promotes the health of lesbian, bisexual and queer women and transgender individuals through healthcare, advocacy, public education, research and programming.
 
LGBT National Youth Talkline
GLBT National Help Center
2261 Market Street, PMB #296
San Francisco, CA 94114
1-800-246-PRIDE (7743)
info@GLBTNationalHelpCenter.org
http://www.glnh.org/index2.html

The GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that 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.

We offer several different programs including two national hotlines that help members of our community talk about the important issues that they are facing in their lives.  We help end the isolation that many people feel, by providing a safe environment on the phone or via the internet to discuss issues that people can’t talk about anywhere else.  The GLBT National Help Center also helps other organizations build the infrastructure they need to provide strong support to our community at the local level.


 
LifeLube.org
jpickett@aidschicago.org
Contact: Jim Pickett
http://www.LifeLube.org

Brought to you by the Sexual Health Xchange, the LifeLube website promotes a healthy, holistic and integrated gay sexuality that goes beyond HIV and STDs to embrace body, mind, and soul. We strive to build connections between and among gay and bi men toward a healthier, nurturing, and more vibrant community with room for all of us.


 
malecare: men fighting cancer together
http://www.malecare.com

Prostate cancer support groups, treatment, symptoms, causes, etc. for men.
 
Men Nurturing Men
1538 West Rosemont Ave. Suite #1
Chicago, IL 60660-1323
312-494-2654
mnm182802@aol.com
Contact: Israel Wright
Men Nurturing Men, a program of the Midwest Men's Center of Chicago, Inc., formed in 1986 as a men's discussion and support group where men of all ages meet and discuss issues of importance in safe, non-threatening space.  Topics include jobs, careers, health and HIV, friends, relationships, aging and more. Group meetings are every Thursday evening for a period of 8 weeks. Please call 312-494-2654 for MMC events.
 
MGroup Chicago
info@mgroupchicago.org
http://www.mgroupchicago.org/

MGroup is a Chicago area support group for married [to women] gay and bisexual men, including those who are working to preserve their marriage and those who are in the process of separation or divorce. Visit the website for more informtion.
 
Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter
2050 Claire Court
Glenview, IL 60025
(800) 331-5484
http://www.carecenter.org

Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter can comprehensively respond to your care needs when you face serious or chronic illness, age-related health conditions or terminal illness. Palliative care is the framework for all of our services--comprehensive, whole-person care that relieves suffering (physical, emotional, spiritual) and promotes quality of life at any stage of the illness, whether the goal is cure or care. Programs include: Hospice, Palliative Care Consultation, Home Health Services, Medical Home Visits, Personal Care (private-duty caregiving) and Grief Support. Regional offices: Norwood Park (North/Northwest Chicago); Olympia Fields (South Suburbs); Evanston (North Suburbs); Libertyville (Lake County); and, Skokie (Inpatient Hospice Unit).
 
NAMES Project Foundation Chicago Chapter
3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613
773-472-6469, ext. 294
names@centeronhalsted.org
http://www.aidsquilt.org
 
New Town Alano Club
909 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago , IL 60657
773-529-0321
North Suburban Gays
P.O. Box 465
Wilmette, IL 60091-0465
(847) 251-8853
info@northsuburbangays.org
http://www.northsuburbangays.org


NSG was founded twenty-five years ago. Our 80 or so members form a rather diverse organization. Members range from their early 20's to early 80's. Members are singles and couples, from students to CEO's. We live throughout the area, from Chicagoland to Wisconsin. NSG is open to anyone 21 years of age or older.

We regularly sponsor one major social event each month, held in the homes of one of our members. This provides a warm atmosphere in which to mingle and get to know each other. At these events, which at holiday times are pot-luck dinners, other times, a cocktail-type party, we feature a cash bar with beer and sodas for a nominal charge and free snacks and appetizers. Occasionally we schedule special events such as theater, cruises on Lake Michigan, bowling and the like. Members receive a monthly newsletter reporting on past events and upcoming activities.

Our NSG Info Line, (847) 251-8853, is staffed from 6:30pm to 10:30pm, weekdays, and 10:30am to 10:30pm on weekends.


Our Mission: Encouraging, supporting, and respecting each other in social, educational and volunteer activities.
 
Northalsted Business Alliance
3656 N Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL 60613
773-883-0500
http://www.northalsted.com

Our Mission:

Much has changed since the inception of the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA) in 1980, when a small group of retailers in the four-block area of Halsted Street between Buckingham and Cornelia joined forces to promote the street and improve business conditions.

NBA has grown to become a major force in our business community, representing 80 businesses along the Halsted Street corridor from Barry Street to West Irving Park Road. The Association is recognized as a leader with the City of Chicago, the Lakeview business and residential community, and the media.

Yet while much has changed, one thing hasn’t:  NBA’s dedication to making the area the best it can be.

NBA works diligently to maintain the North Halsted business community as a friendly, exciting and diverse shopping and entertainment area.  Our annual street festival, Market Days, has become one of the city’s most popular events.  The Association also sponsors many other activities throughout the year including Halsted Tastes Better, Pride Fest, the Halloween parade and costume contest, and the Holiday Walk.

Through Special Service Area #18, NBA established a street beautification program that includes regular street and sidewalk cleaning, as well as landscaping to ensure that the planters on our streets are professionally maintained and kept beautiful throughout the entire year.  Our Facade Incentive Program even assists our businesses with their own maintenance, helping them renovate outdated or worn store fronts with revitalized new ones that add to the beauty of the street.

But our civic commitment doesn’t stop there. NBA has come to the aid of worthy organizations and causes working to make a difference in the neighborhood.

NBA has proudly supported The Center on Halsted since its inception, and was one of its first major contributors.  A focal point for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Chicago, The Center on Halsted serves the community’s diverse social, recreational, cultural, and social service needs.

The Northalsted Business Alliance:  Helping our Businesses Help the Community since 1980.


 
NY Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-620-7310
gaycenter@gaycenter.org
http://www.gaycenter.org/

Please visit the website for more information, including a mission statement description.
 
Oak Park Lesbian & Gay Association (OPALGA)
1145 Westgate
Suite 106
Oak Park , IL 60301
708-848-0273
info@opalga.org
http://www.opalga.org/
 
Orbitz
1-888-656-4546
https://faq.orbitz.com/
http://www.orbitz.com

Orbitz Cares

Orbitz advocates non-discrimination and supports equality for everyone. Each year, we invest in many vital non-profit organizations, including LGBT and HIV/AIDS charities.

Visit Orbitz Cares, select Center on Halsted in Orbitz’ LGBT and HIV/AIDS charity promotion and we’ll receive a donation every time you book a hotel or vacation package for two or more nights through March 31, 2010. Click here to help support Center on Halsted today!



Our Mission:

Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) is a leading global online travel company that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to research, plan and book a broad range of travel products. Orbitz Worldwide owns a strong global portfolio of consumer travel brands that includes Orbitz, CheapTickets, ebookers, HotelClub, RatesToGo, the Away Network, Asia hotels, and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business.


 
Out with Cancer
http://www.outwithcancer.com/

Out with Cancer is the worlds first program for Gay, Lesbian, BI and Trans men and women who are diagnosed with cancer.

With Out with Cancer you can:
  • Create a circle of friends who share your diagnosis, or, simply, care about you
  • Write your own blog
  • Learn from or mentor others dealing with cancer
  • Post photos and profiles
  • Promote your own event or attend other members' events
  • Chat live in online support groups, clubs and one to one sessions
  • Make new friends...OutWithCancer is your place to connect -- how is up to you.
OutWithCancer is a Bi-phobia and Trans-phobia free zone. We're here about the cancer, and the connections we make.
 
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG Chicago
PO Box 11023
Chicago, IL 60611-0023
773-472-3079
contact@pflagchicago.com
http://www.pflagchicago.com/

Visit website or call phone number listed above for more information including meeting times.

Our Mission: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
 
Qrew Chicago
membership@qrewchicago.org
http://qrewchicago.org/

Founded in 2005, Qrew Chicago is the Midwest's only LGBT rowing organization. Our membership is a diverse group of men and women representing all communities. Our season runs from January through October, with national competitions from the east coast to the west coast and all parts in between. Qrew Chicago is an all-inclusive rowing organization for the GLBTQ community. We inspire personal accomplishment, camaraderie, community and a competitive landscape in a team atmosphere.

 
Rainbow Café
Crete, IL 708-481-5339
Contact: Dave Matteson
The Rainbow Café provides an opportunity for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their allies to meet one another and socialize in a safe and supportive atmosphere. On the third Saturday evening each month, the Unitairan-Universalist Community Church of the South Suburbs will sponsor and host the café.

Adults (over 18) who identify as gay, bisexual, lesbian or other sexual minorities, or who are exploring their sexual identity, or those who are supportive of such, are welcome to attend.  The purpose of the café is to provide a friendly setting here in the south suburbs, other than the bars, where les-bi-gays can meet others without having to drive to the north side of Chicago.  The event will be informal, with no planned program--just a chance to meet and enjoy interacting with like-minded individuals.  Those attending are encouraged to bring some nonalcoholic drinks and a desert or snack to pass, or to bring a  financial donation, but neither is mandatory.

Those who wish to can participate in a small discussion group. At present we don't envision any regular entertainment though an occasional "open mike" might develop.  Some board games and cards will be available. The plan is to meet monthly at the start, but as the group grows and as members begin to share responsibility for the hosting tasks, it may be possible to meet more often.

The church is located on the southeast corner of Western Avenue and Sycamore in Park Forest, at 70 Sycamore Lane, just south of Steger Road.  The café will meet in the first room on the left as you enter the front of the church. We will meet from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. beginning Saturday October 20th, 2007.  If you have questions or want further information call 708-481-5339, follow instructions, and leave a message for the Rainbow Café.
 
Rainbow Families Illinois
Chicago, IL connect@rainbowfamilies-il.org
http://www.rainbowfamilies-il.net/

Our Mission: Seeks to build and maintain a caring and strong community for lesbain and gay parents and those considering parenthood. Offers a variety of educational and advocacy programs for adults and kids of all ages.
 
Rainbow Hospice
444 N. Northwest Highway
Suite 145
Park Ridge, IL 60068
847-685-9900
info@rainbowhospice.org
http://www.rainbowhospice.org

Rainbow Hospice has patient care and loved one support services, palliative care consulting services, education programs and extensive bereavement support. Rainbow Hospice provides special bereavement programs for the LGBT community each year.

Our Mission: Rainbow Hospice enables people to live with dignity and hope while coping with loss and the end of life.
Vision: To be Chicagoland's foremost provider of palliative care, to be a vital resource for education and to enrich the lives of those we serve.
 
Resources Unlimited Foundation
Leadership Affirmation Services
629 Garfield Street
Oak Park, IL 60304
708-524-8387
resourcesunlimited@comcast.net
Contact: Jim Boushay or Rickey Sain Sr.
http://www.resourcesunlimited.org

fax 708-524-8582

Our Mission: A social justice think tank creating and facilitating projects of civic engagement.
 
Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps (R.O.T.C. Chicago)
(773) 769-0012
rotcchicagodirector@yahoo.com
Contact: Michael Vaughn
http://www.rotcchicago.org

ROTC Chicago is composed of more than 30 volunteers, all male, who perform color guard/rifle routines to diva, gay, disco and pop culture music.  In 2007, the group will celebrate its 14th year performing in Chicago, and across the United States representing Chicago's gay community.  Since its conception, other R.O.T.C. chapters have been created throughout the country and in Canada.

Our Mission: ROTC Chicago is an all male volunteer visual performance ensemble representing the GLBT community throughout the city, the United States and the World. Our members are charged with learning unique rifle performance skills, while being positive gay role models and fulfilling other volunteer opportunities as united brothers.
 
Sankofa Way Spiritual Services
773-793-5211
revlake@sankofaway.org
http://www.sankofaway.org/

Sankofa Way Spiritual Services is committed to providing spiritual care that does not include the demand to convert. We promote healing and spiritual growth through: Freedom: We provide safety so that people are free to talk about what concerns them. Respect: We understand that we all want respect and are willing to give respect while addressing issues that affect the quality of life. Empowerment: We know that listening to one another and learning new ways of self-expression are important tools that help empower communities and individuals. Education: We are committed to educating all people, and believe that we continue to learn as long as we live.

Our Mission: Sankofa Way Spiritual Services provide spiritual direction and guidance specifically to African American lesbians.
 
Syphilis Elimination Task Force
anderson_laurie@cdph.org
Contact: Laurie Anderson
http://www.GetTestedChicago.com

The website has facts and FAQs related to syphilis, including a list of places you can get tested for syphilis, how to tell your sexual partners in case you may have exposed them to syphilis, and information concerning the links between HIV and syphilis.
 
Team Chicago Athletics, Inc.
P.O. Box 13470
Chicago, IL 60613
312-409-5155
info@teamchicago.org
http://www.teamchicago.org

Our Mission: To maximize the number of participants from greater Chicago at the Gay Games and to promote the ideals of inclusion, participation and the pursuit of personal best.
 
Test Positive Aware Network
5537 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
773-989-9400
Contact: Bruce Weiss, Executive Director
http://www.tpan.com

TPAN is a community-based organization dedicated to providing services to persons infected, and affected, by HIV. The majority of both the staff and volunteers are HIV positive, which helps us to better understand the emotions, concerns and issues faced by our clients. TPAN empowers people living with HIV through peer-led programming, support services, information dissemination and advocacy. We also provide services to the broader community to increase HIV knowledge and sensitivity and to reduce the risk of infection.
 
The National Directory of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Centers
http://www.lgbtcenters.org
 
Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self-Defense Center
1220 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
773-472-7663
http://www.thousandwaves.org

Since 1985, Thousand Waves has promoted health and fitness, personal empowerment, and individual and community peacemaking activism through traditional karate, yoga and fitness, and violence-prevention programs. Our Center on Belmont offers classes 7-days a week for adults and children ages 4 and up. Many different workshops and courses related to our core programs are available to schools, non-profits, and corporate clients throughout Chicago. We welcome everyone without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, athletic ability or previous experience. We are committed to accessibility, and provide scholarships to individuals and organizations that need financial assistance in order to participate.
 
Trueselves.com
http://www.trueselves.com/

TrueSelves is a forum for Generation X & Y people who are transsexual and/or transgender, who are or want to be actively transitioning in some way. For those not familiar, Generation X is the generation past the Baby Boomers. The term, taken from Billy Idol's first band, was first applied to us by Douglas Coupland in his novel of the same name. Generation Y is a term applied to the generation past X, roughly those who were born in 1980 or afterwards.
 
T-Vox Website
http://www.t-vox.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

Welcome to T-Vox. We aim to provide the most comprehensive advice, information and support website on the internet for genderqueer, intersex, Transgender and transsexual people, their friends and their family. We work to achieve this by splitting our site into three inter-linked sections: this wiki (which you can help add to), our large and popular forum and our equally popular chat room where you can get help and advice (or just chat to people in a similar situation to yourself) right now. You may also find our series of podcasts both useful and informative.
 
Twin Spirit Tribe
773-656-0114
http://www.TwinSpiritTribe.com

Our Mission: As human beings, our quest is to fully connect all parts of our personal, individual identity – our body. mind, and soul. However, just as powerful is our desire to connect with others. Twin Spirit Tribe gives gay men, and those who support them, unique opportunities to achieve both goals. Through camaraderie, ceremony and service, Twin Spirit Tribe provides an affirming atmosphere where everyone can comfortably explore and grow as individuals within a protective and supportive community. As we connect with one another, we are able to realize our own gifts and honor them by sharing them with others.
 
University of Illinois at Chicago's Office of GLBT Concerns (OGLBTC)
1007 W. Harrison, Room 1180 (MC 369)
Chicago, IL 60607
312.413.8619
Contact: Dr. Patrick Finnessy, Director
http://www.glbc.uic.edu

Our Mission: Dedicated to teaching, researching, serving, and caring for LGBTQA communities, the University of Illinois at Chicago's OGLBTC provides knowledge and educational resources to combat prejudice, misunderstanding, and misinformation about issues of gender identity and sexual/affectional orientation. The OGLBTC works toward sending a humanist message to Chicago and the UIC community that all individuals are entitled to receive an equal and safe educational opportunity. To accomplish this goal, the OGLBTC strives to create a learning environment that is free from harassment, violence, and discrimination for individuals of any gender identity or sexual/affectional orientation. The OGLBTC affirms and promotes the health and well-being of persons of all sexual orientations and gender expressions, their families and their friends. We serve and support 100% of the UIC population and frequently collaborate with entities across Chicago, Illinois, and the United States.
 
VidaSIDA
2703 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 278-6737
juanc@prcc-chgo.org
Contact: Juan Calderon, Director
http://prcc-chgo.org/vidasida/

VidaSIDA Bartolo Hernandez de Jesus HIV/AIDS Initiative:
a program of the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center


Our Mission: VidaSIDA’s mission is to educate, advocate, and empower Chicago’s Puerto Rican and Latina/o community by promoting culturally responsive health care and resources that enable health-affirming behaviors and attitudes.

 
Windy City Athletic Association
Box 369
3023 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657-5200
bfleming@wcaa.net
http://www.wcaasports.org/

Dedicated to building community through camaraderie and competition.


 
Windy City Performing Arts
3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613
773-404-9242
info@windycitysings.org
Contact: Chris Matthews
http://www.windycitysings.org
 
Windy City Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf
3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613
888-772-5073
info@wcrad.org
http://wcrad.org

The Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (RAD) is a nonprofit organization established in 1977. The purpose of this Alliance is to establish and maintain a society of Deaf Gays and Lesbians to encourage and promote the educational, economical, and social welfare; to foster fellowship; to defend our rights; and advance our interests as Deaf Gay and Lesbian citizens concerning social justice; to build up an organization in which all worthy members may participate in the discussion of practical problems and solutions related to their social welfare. RAD has over twenty chapters in the United States and Canada. One such chapter is the Windy City Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf serving Chicagoland.

Windy City Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf
3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613-8543
888-772-5073