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  • SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY

    AGENCY: UBUNTU
    ADDRESS: Ubuntu Center of Chicago 1525 East 55th Street Suite 205, Chicago, IL 60615
    CONTACT: Dwayne Sanders
    PHONE: 773-599-0051
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Not Listed

    UBUNTU Center of Chicago – The Center for SGL-LGBT African Americans, a Chicago non-profit business, was founded in 2013. The Center aim is to continue to implement SGL-LGBT affirming programs, services, projects and special events; and to partner with other social justice organizations and allies with similar beliefs. In 2015 The Center of Chicago will open and provide the SGL-LGBT and allied community a safe space in Chicago to discuss, learn and offer support to one another.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , career and development , computer center , events , family , HIV , older adult , SGL , support , youth

  • AGING SERVICES AND ADVOCACY

    AGENCY: THE CARE PLAN
    ADDRESS: Chicago 60601
    CONTACT: Jacqueline Boyd
    PHONE: 630-479-0083
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    8:00a.m. – 6:30p.m. Monday through Friday

    At The Care Plan, we cultivate a culture of client-directed care. Our client-directed approach to care means that we keep you firmly rooted at the center of health and aging decisions. We listen first, share expertise and advice on your aging future. Prepared with knowledge and perspective gleaned from our years of expertise, you are able to anticipate potential needs and plan accordingly. It is impossible to have your wishes executed if you have not prepared adequately to age. Failure to plan ahead generally results in choosing the path of least resistance when faced with a health challenge, and it is easy to fall between the cracks.

    Aging Services include: Identity, health profile, care needs, support system, end-of-life wishes, legacy planning, financial resources, advanced directives, and legal protection.

    All of our services are tailored to meet your individual needs, however, these are the areas we find our LGBTQI-identified clients most often desire assistance and support: Same-Sex relationship rights, homophobia & trans phobia discrimination prevention, HIV discrimination prevention, trans & gender spectrum 101, pronoun preference & name enforcement, and family of choice.

    We work to provide affirming care to transgender and gender expansive individuals who seek our services. We recognize these individuals often have experienced barriers to quality health and aging services due to discrimination, ignorance, and intolerance. We explicitly educate our practitioners on harm reduction.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , aging services , care needs , discrimination , education , end of life , harm reduction , lgbt , LGBTQ , mistreatment , Training

  • ADVOCATING FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

    AGENCY: A.C.E.
    ADDRESS: 5038 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60639
    CONTACT: Kathryn Mercado
    PHONE: (773) 669-6223
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. Monday through Friday

    A.C.E. is a community that advocates a healthy lifestyle for young men of color, ages 18-29, who have sex with other men.

    Our Moto: “Belong, Be Safe, Be Empowered.”

    We offer FREE HIV/STI Testing Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

    We host fun, social, educational, empowering events for men.

    We offer outings and outreach and incentives for participating.

    Free condoms and lube.

    Volunteer opportunities

    Associated Tags: advocacy , empowerment , HIV , HIV testing , men , safe , STI , volunteer , young men

  • Parents, Family, and Friends Support in Oak Park

    AGENCY: PFLAG OAK PARK
    ADDRESS: Oak Park, IL 60302
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (708) 386-3016
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    PFLAG Oak Park – Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their family and friends.

    On a public level, the group works by advocating for rights through meetings with Illinois State Assembly representatives, designing and running teacher training, providing public speakers, and running letter campaigns, among other ways.

    On a personal level, PFLAG Oak Park provides support and plans its strategy at meetings held on the fourth Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. at First United Church, 848 Lake St. Handicapped access is on Kenilworth and parking is available behind the church.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , communities , education , family , gender non-conforming , parenting and family , parents , parents families friends of lesbians and gays , PFLAG

  • Stroger Hospital Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine

    AGENCY: CORE CENTER
    ADDRESS: 2020 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 572-4500
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    The Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine at Stroger Hospital & CORE Center is staffed by physicians, psychologists, nurses and social workers who provide comprehensive medical and mental health care for adolescents and young adults ages 13-24. All services are confidential, bilingual (English/Spanish), youth and LGBT friendly. If you need an immediate appointment, contact Brenda Robinson at (312) 864-3582.

    Associated Tags: adolescent , advocacy , Core Center , health , mental heatlh , prevention & wellness , primary care , youth

  • National Legal Advocacy

    AGENCY: SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER
    ADDRESS: 400 Washington Ave. Montgomery, AL 36104
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (334) 956-8200
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    24 Hours

    Our work on LGBT issues spans decades – from an early case challenging the military’s anti-gay policy, Hoffburg v. Alexander, to the monitoring of anti-gay hate and extremist groups today. The SPLC is dedicated to defending the rights of the LGBT community. Our current work has a national reach but is primarily focused on the Southeast where relatively few organizations advocate for this community.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center has also taken legal action to protect LGBT students. This includes litigation against school policy that creates an atmosphere hostile to LGBT students or otherwise isolates these students for harassment. Anti-gay policies and actions that infringe on the free expression and privacy rights of LGBT students are another focus of this work. Outside the classroom, the Southern Poverty Law Center focuses on the treatment of LGBT youth in juvenile and foster care facilities.

    Other efforts focus on the rights of LGBT adults, including issues involving parenting rights and the treatment of LGBT seniors in nursing homes and other facilities

    Associated Tags: advocacy , anti-bullying , elders , hate crimes , legal , southern law poverty clinic

  • Grassroots Organization

    AGENCY: CHICAGO DYKE MARCH COLLECTIVE
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL, 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Chicago Dyke March Collective is a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience. It is an anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots effort with a goal to bridge together communities across race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, size, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, culture, immigrant status, spirituality, and ability. We challenge fat-phobia and are body positive.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , Chicago Dyke March Collective , communities , grassroots , grassroots organization , volunteering , women

  • Youth Support Services

    AGENCY: LAWRENCE HALL YOUTH SERVICES
    ADDRESS: 4833 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 769-3500
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    LGBT Youth Support Services identifies safe community resources, provides crisis intervention and therapeutic guidance, offers supportive services and serves as an advocate for LGBT youth and their families.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , community , community resources , crisis intervention , Lawrence Hall Youth Services , youth support services

  • Substance Use and Abuse Task Force

    AGENCY: THE CHICAGO TASK FORCE ON LGBT SUBSTANCE USE AND ABUSE
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: Pamela McCann
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    The Chicago Task Force on LGBT Substance Use and Abuse is a group of concerned community members, community based organizations, public health advocates, business owners, clergy, and governmental and law enforcement representatives dedicated to addressing substance use and abuse among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Chicago.

    -Supporting educational and social marketing initiatives addressing the effects of using substances (including the link to HIV and STDs),

    -Promoting compassionate and targeted services for those who use, abuse, or are addicted to substances (and those affected by others’ use), and

    -Advocating for services and policies for the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

    Associated Tags: Chicago Task Force , substance use , task force , The Chicago Task Force on LGBT Substance Use and Abuse

  • Chicago Gay History

    AGENCY: CHICAGO GAY HISTORY
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: Tracy Baim
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    24 Hour

    Chicago’s gay community has contributed in many ways to the national and international fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. However, those contributions have often been overlooked in documentations of the movement, and this new Chicago Gay History Project seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of those many important people, events, and organizations who helped the Windy City become a beacon of gay progress in the latter part of the 20th Century.

    From the anti-gay police raids and harassment of earlier decades, Chicago has risen to become one of the most progressive cities in the world, with legal protections, a city-designated neighborhood, a major community center, the hosting of the Gay Games in 2006, and a city-sponsored Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Illinois was the first state to remove its sodomy law, and the first gay-rights group in the U.S. started in Chicago.

    While The Society of Human Rights in the 1920s was short-lived (due to police intervention), the visionary who started that group, Henry Gerber, was among the many Chicagoans who were at the vanguard of the movement for gay equality. From Jane Addams to Lorraine Hansberry, Marie J. Kuda to William Kelley, Chuck Renslow to Vernita Gray, this projects takes an extensive look back, so that we may learn for a better future.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , Chicago Gay History Project , education , History , information

  • Civil Rights and Social Justice Advocacy for African-American Same Gender Loving Black LGBTQ People

    AGENCY: COALITION FOR JUSTICE & RESPECT (CJR)
    ADDRESS: 3510 South Rhodes Ave., Ste. 1702, Chicago, IL 60653
    CONTACT: Marc Loveless
    PHONE: (872) 228-5051
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Not Listed

    Founded in 2007, CJR is a Chicago-based civil rights organization dedicate to the education, empowerment, freedom, and liberation of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. From the picket line to the church, CJR continues to fight for political, educational, social, and economic justice for our people.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , African American , civil justice , civil rights empowerment , CJR , Coalition for Justice & Respect , education , empowerment programs

  • Youth Resources

    AGENCY: YOUTH RESOURCE
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    24 Hour

    Mission

    YouthResource is a Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people. YouthResource takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth, by providing information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy. Through monthly features, message boards, and online peer education, GLBTQ youth receive information on activism, culture, sexual health, and other issues that are important to them.

    YouthResource is a Web site hosted by Advocates for Youth. Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.

    Advocates for Youth believes that:

    Adolescents have the right to balanced, accurate, and realistic sexuality education, confidential and affordable sexual health services, and a secure stake in the future.
    Youth deserve respect. Today, they are perceived only as part of the problem. Valuing young people means they are part of the solution and are included in the development of programs and policies that affect their well-being.
    Society has the responsibility to provide young people with the tools they need to safeguard their sexual health and young people have the responsibility to protect themselves from too early childbearing and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

    Online Peer Support
    Youth leaders offer online peer-to-peer support. They answer questions posed by visitors and point them to appropriate resources; however they do not provide medical advice. Visitors to the YouthResource website can select an online youth leader that they would feel comfortable
    communicating with by reviewing brief bios here.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , health , helplines and eSupport , holistic , reproductive health , sexual health , youth , Youth Resource

  • Advisory Council

    AGENCY: CHICAGO COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS
    ADDRESS: 740 N. Sedgwick St., Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654
    CONTACT: Ken Gunn
    PHONE: (312) 744-4111
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    The purpose of the Advisory Council for Women and LGBT Community Members is:

    To advise the Mayor and City Council on policy matters regarding civil rights with a focus on equal access to employment, housing, and public accommodations, and to help identify means to educate the public about Chicago’s Human Rights and Fair Housing Ordinances, which offer protections against discrimination and hate crimes.

    If you are a resident of the City of Chicago, are a member of the women’s or LGBT communities, and can serve as a liaison to your respective community, please contact Ken Gunn.

    Associated Tags: Advisory Council , advocacy , CCHR , Chicago Commission on Human Relations , city of chicago , general interest , social , volunteering

  • Community Tensions and Hate Crimes: Interventions and Outreach

    AGENCY: CHICAGO COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS
    ADDRESS: 740 N. Sedgwick St. Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60654
    CONTACT: Norman White
    PHONE: (312) 744-4874
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Violence and hate crimes are most often based on race, religious differences, sexual orientation, or gender identity, therefore increased outreach to schools and communities is a priority.

    IGR staff members can mediate community tensions and conflict. They can also deliver presentations explaining the protections offered under Chicago’s Human Rights and Fair Housing Ordinances, how to file a complaint of discrimination, and how to call for assistance if someone is a victim of a hate crime. In addition, they can advocate on behalf of victims of hate crimes.

    Community Mediation: IGR responds to requests from individuals or communities who are involved in a dispute and attempts to reach a resolution. A staff mediator can facilitate the communication between people in conflict and help each party understand the other person’s point of view and rights.
    Presentations: Our professional team is ready to provide presentations on
    – Bullying
    – Disability
    – Compliance
    – Hate Crimes
    – Prejudice Reduction

    Outreach: IGR will come to your community, school, or place of worship and discuss what your civil rights are under the law and the remedies available if you have experienced discrimination. IGR reaches out to individuals and public and private institutions to promote the Commission’s services and provide information on the Chicago Human Rights and Fair Housing Ordinances as well as procedures on how to file discrimination complaints.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , anti-bullying , assault and hate crimes , CCHR , Chicago Commission on Human Relations , legal

  • Women & Transgender Advocacy Volunteering Group

    AGENCY: YOUNG WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Young Women’s Empowerment Project is run by youth of color in the sex trade and street economies. We are a member based social justice organization that is led by and for our constituency. Our organization is staffed and run by us, people between the ages of 17-25.

    Our mission is to offer safe, respectful, free-of-judgment spaces for girls and young women, including transgender girls and transgender women in the sex trade to recognize their goals, dreams and desires. YWEP is Chicago based project that was founded in 2002 by a radical feminist and harm reduction based collective of women and girls involved in the sex trade and our allies. We were created by women and girls who believe that any young person can be empowered and that we are all priceless, creative, and smart and can be leaders in our communities.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , street outreach , transgender , volunteering , women , Young Women's Empowerment Project , YWEP

  • Human Rights Local-Chicago

    AGENCY: HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    24 Hours

    Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBT equality in Illinois alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. Find out more about what HRC is doing for LGBT equality in Illinois and how you can get involved with the St. Louis and Chicago communities.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , HRC-Illinois , Human Rights Campaign , outreach

  • Community Alliance & Action Network

    AGENCY: C.A.A.N.
    ADDRESS: 68 N. Chicago St., Ste. 401, Joliet, IL 60432
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (815) 726-7906
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Mission is to build community and personal alliances to alleviate the effects of discrimination due to sexual orientation and/or gender identification or expression.

    Goals:
    -Building a suburban community center where like minded people can meet.
    -Providing programs, activities, and entertainments to educate and celebrate our community and our diversity. Check out our calendar of events and programs.
    -Educating the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer) community and the traditional community about issues impacting the lives of people with non-traditional sexual orientations and/or gender identification or expressions.
    -Advocating for people with differing sexual orientation and/or gender identification or expressions.
    -Creating connections with other groups in Northern Illinois working toward similar goals.
    -Making the suburban Northern Illinois LGBTQ community more visible in a proactive, positive way.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , C.A.A.N , community , Community Alliance and Action Network , education , outreach , social

  • Non-Profit Work Religious Organization

    AGENCY: THE MARIN FOUNDATION
    ADDRESS: 5241 N. Ashland Ave., 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 572-5983
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Mission:

    The Marin Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that works to build bridges between the LGBT community and the Church through scientific research, biblical and social education, and diverse community gatherings.

    Approach:

    Our unique approach strategically partners with conservative and progressive religious entities and the LGBT community; as well as with churches, NGOs, higher educational institutions and government agencies to make a sustainable difference in today’s religious and secular cultures.

    Principles for Cultural Engagement:

    Our focus is to individually, corporately and politically shift what is currently seen as the acceptable medium of cultural engagement—the polarizing back-and-forth, win-lose rhetoric—onto elevating the conversation. We do this through a worldview of engagement that all might experience dignity, love and reconciliation with faith and each other. By creating intentional spaces to live in the tension of what theologically, socially and politically divides us, we continually seek productive means that carve new paths forward.

    The Bridge Building Movement:

    We are a Movement shaped by bold individuals of reconciliation; whose orientation is one of love, who live in the tension and refuse to allow hate, disagreements or past experiences cause division in any community.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , church , Marin , Marin Foundation , religion , The Marin Foundation

  • Social Justice and Advocacy Group

    AGENCY: OUTJUSTICE
    ADDRESS: 3712 N. Broadway St., Ste. 235, Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (757) 598-4364
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Focus

    OutJustice works to actively remind the public that injustice creates shock waves that harm more than just the targeted person(s).

    OutJustice acts as a long-term resource that may be utilized by not only hate crime and discrimination victims, but also their families and their various communities. As queer individuals, those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual, and our allies who stand in the fight for equality by our side, we are part of numerous different communities.

    Each of us belongs to numerous groups. Sometimes those groups support us. Many times they do not. We need to support each other.

    Please join us in serving our community.

    Services & Programming

    OutJustice supplements services, where necessary, and only appears to duplicate service in areas where additional services are needed. There will never be enough humane education. And we cannot stop until hate and discrimination are ancient history.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , discrimination , hate crime , justice , OutJustice

  • Transgender Support

    AGENCY: CHI CHAPTER
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Chi Chapter has provided support to the transgendered community for over 50 years.

    We welcome you to meet us and learn about us so you can dispel myths and ignorance associated with misperceptions of gender-gifted persons, and perhaps respond to our invitation to come join our group.

    Our Mission

    Our mission is to provide Service, Serenity and Support to all Transgender and their wife or significant partner.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , Chi Chapter , support , transgender