In this section, you will find information relevant to the LGBTQ community in the 44th Ward (organized alphabetically)
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
The mission of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS and improve the lives of people affected by the epidemic. Founded in 1985 by community activists and physicians, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is a local and national leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS.We collaborate with community organizations to develop and improve HIV/AIDS services; fund and coordinate prevention, care, and advocacy projects; and champion effective, compassionate HIV/AIDS policy.
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
- Wills and Powers of Attorney
- Permanency Planning for Families with Children
- Debtor-Creditor issues
- 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.
Due to social stigma, discrimination and other challenges that individuals in the LGBTQ community face, there is an increased risk of mental health and substance abuse challenges. Addiction is a 365 day a year disease that affects many LGBTQ individuals. This is American Addiction Centers has created free resources that specifically aim to bring awareness of these issues and offer help:
- Drug Addiction and Abuse in the LGBTQ Community discusses why so many LGBTQ individuals abuse drugs and gives a list of helpful resources.
- Looking at the Landscape of LGBTQ and Gay-Friendly Rehabs provides statistics on LGBTQ populations & addiction, where to find an LGBTQ-friendly rehab center and a substance abuse self-assessment.
- Your Guide to LGBTQIAPK Addiction Treatment gives information on what LGBTQIAPK means, substance abuse & addiction statistics and LGBTQIAPK addiction treatment.
- AAC also hosts free virtual support and online addiction meetings that many LGBTQ individuals use to help support their recovery.
The Broadway Youth Center, an affiliate of Howard Brown Health Center, offers a safe space for LGBTQA youth experiencing homelessness to access meals, clothing, counseling, educational and vocational services as well as basic health services. The Broadway Youth Center is now located in the 46th Ward at 4009 N. Broadway.
For more information, please call 773-935-3151
Health educators can be reached at 773-299-7621
The Center offers support networks and programming to meet the cultural, emotional, social, educational and recreational needs of the LGBT community and friends. Current services include support groups for youth and seniors, mental health services, an info line for LGBT individuals and a hotline for HIV and STD concerns, prevention, treatment, and advocacy related to domestic violence, community technology center providing internet access and technology training and a range of life-enrichment programs.
The Center on Halsted also houses a number of organizations serving Chicago’s LGBT community. Currently, numerous cultural, recreational and advocacy organizations that serve the LGBT community are Resident Community Partners at the Center, which acts as an incubator providing operational support and room for collaboration to the diverse community of nonprofit organizations that may otherwise find it difficult to interact.
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.
For more information, please call 773-303-0167
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.
For more information, please call 312.744.7911
Chicagoland LGBTQ Services Directory is the first comprehensive, searchable website with more than 250 services specific to LGBTQ people, from basic needs such as employment and shelter to social resources, mental health treatment and legal support.
For each service listed, the directory provides a provider name and address, service description, telephone number, email, handicapped accessibility, service hours and direct link to provider’s website, where available. Service providers can use the site to directly request that their resources be considered for directory inclusion.
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.
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.
For more information, please call 773.293.1447
Equality Illinois was founded in 1992 to secure, protect and defend equal rights for LGBT people in Illinois.
LGPA/GOAL Chicago is an organization dedicated to law enforcement and other first responders whom are members of the LGBT community, whether out or not, in the greater Chicagoland area.
The midwest’s largest gay, lesbian, and bisexual health organization. Their mission is to promote the well-being of LGBT persons through clinical care, educational, social service, and research activities.
For more information, please call 773.388.1600
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.
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.
For more information, please call 202.628.4160
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:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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.
For more information, please call 312.368.9070
The Lake View Citizens Council (LVCC) aims to improve the quality of life for the area bounded by the Lake Michigan on the East, the Chicago River on the West from Irving Park on the North to Diversey on the South.
Meetings are held the first Thursday of every even month (February 23 [changed from February 2], April 6, June 1, August 3, October 5, December 7) at 6:30 PM. The location for 2017 meetings will be at the 19th District Police Station located at 850 W. Addison.
William DeMille, LVCC President – Email: email@example.com
Jennifer Dedes-Nowak, Communications Chair – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LVCC Board Secretary – Email: email@example.com
Mailing Address: LVCC 3712 N. Broadway #468 Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773. 880.5833
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.
For more information, please call 312.663.4413
The Legacy Project will be an outdoor ‘walking museum’ celebrating the achievements and contributions of members of the LGBT community to world history and culture. This commemoration will be located in North Halsted in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, and is the first exhibit of its kind in the world.
For more information, please call 312.608.1198
Lakeside Pride is Chicago’s premier family of instrumental music ensembles for members and friends of the LGBT community, committed to the education of the public at large about the positive aspects of the metropolitan Chicago LGBT community through an annual series of performances and special events. Their four major ensembles – Freedom Marching Band, shhh…OUT! Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Symphony Orchestra – provide a forum for adult musicians, inclusive of any background, ethnicity, gender identification or sexual orientation, to represent the LGBT community and express themselves through music.
For more information, please call 773.381.6693
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered 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.
For more information, please call 773.472.3079
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. TPAN also provides services to the broader community to increase HIV knowledge and sensitivity and to reduce the risk of infection.
CenterLink develops strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and builds a thriving center network that creates healthy, vibrant communities.
Every year in Chicago, June Pride Month features dozens of social, cultural, athletic and political events. These events, that take place in different areas of the metro Chicago area, are organized by various community organizations and individuals.
Each year these events are compiled to create the June Pride Month Calendar. The calendar is featured on this web site; in the annual Pride Guide booklet; and in local publications. If there is an event that an organization, group or individual wants to schedule during June Pride Month, all they have to do is to organize it, and it can be added to the calendar.
However, our primary responsibility is to coordinate the Annual Pride Parade in East Lakeview. The parade is scheduled each year for the last Sunday in June.
Packets containing information concerning listing an event on the June Pride Month calendar; parade registration; the Pride Guide booklet; and portable restrooms are sent out every year during the first week of March to our mailing list. To be added to the mailing list to receive the packet in early March send your address to the address listed below in the box.
3712 N. Broadway-PMB 544
Chicago, IL 60613
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STDTesting.org, works to help stop the spread of STDs and HIV by educating individuals online about this crucial healthcare fight against sexually transmitted infections and diseases.
The LGBT National Health 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. They are an outgrowth of the Gay & Lesbian National Hotline, which began in 1996 and now is a primary program of the LGBT National Help Center. They 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. They 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 LGBT National Help Center also helps other organizations build the infrastructure they need to provide strong support to our community at the local level.
LGBT National Help Center
2261 Market Street, PMB #296
San Francisco, CA 94114