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  • 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

  • Latin@ LGBTQ Youth Independent Living Program

    AGENCY: EL RESCATE
    ADDRESS: 2703 W. Division Chicago, IL 60622
    CONTACT: Jackie Gonzalez
    PHONE: (872) 829-2494
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:
    HOURS:
    Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

    El Rescate Latina/o LGBTQ Independent Youth Living Program assist youth between the ages of 18 to 24. El Rescate’s mission is to provide identity-affirming housing to homeless LGBTQ youth, some being HIV-positive, and to provide support services to assist with their transition to independence.

    Associated Tags: ages 18-24 , basic needs , El Rescate , homeless services , housing , young adult

  • Identity-Affirming Youth Transitional Housing

    AGENCY: PROJECT FIERCE CHICAGO
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Project Fierce Chicago is a grassroots collective of radical social workers, housing advocates and young people who are working together to establish identity-affirming transitional housing in Chicago.

    Project Fierce’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing transitional housing and support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC launched publicly with a fundraising campaign in April of 2013 and received an overwhelming by the community’s response. Since our initial campaign, the collective has grown tremendously, and PFC have raised the money needed to purchase our first home!

    We are currently seeking to purchase a foreclosed or otherwise forfeited building on the West or South side that we will convert into transitional housing for 10-12 LGBTQ-identified young adults. In an effort to assure sustainability of our space, we will also offer low-cost office rental space in the building for grassroots, social justice-focused non-profits seeking a home. Through these partnerships, we will be able to provide wrap-around services while simultaneously offsetting operational costs.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , homeless , housing , Project Fierce Chicago , transitional housing , youth

  • Food Pantry

    AGENCY: PROJECT VIDA
    ADDRESS: 2659 S. Kedvale Ave., Chicago, IL 60623
    CONTACT: Alejandra (Alex) Pena
    PHONE: (773) 277-2291
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Every Wednesday 11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

    Project VIDA is a culturally-focused HIV/AIDS prevention and direct services community-based organization located on Chicago’s West Side. Project VIDA was founded by a consortium of volunteers in 1992 to address the unique needs and concerns of Latino and African American individuals at risk for or currently living with HIV/AIDS. We began with two co-founders distributing condoms out of a hardware store in Little Village (over 90,000 residents), then grew to have our own space, and now have two sites with dedicated and committed staff, volunteers, contractors, and Board of Directors. Project VIDA’s mission was newly revised in 2010 and is now “to improve quality of life and reduce health disparities in underserved communities by promoting self-empowerment and providing holistic health education and direct services.”

    The Food Pantry provides food on a weekly or biweekly basis to qualified people living with AIDS.

    Associated Tags: African American , food pantry , Hispanic , HIV , HIV/AIDS , Latino , PROJECT VIDA

  • HIV Case Management

    AGENCY: PROJECT VIDA
    ADDRESS: 2659 S.Kedvale Ave., Chicago, IL 60623
    CONTACT: Andrew Roberts
    PHONE: (773) 277-2291
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Monday through Friday, by appointment

    Project VIDA is a culturally-focused HIV/AIDS prevention and direct services community-based organization located on Chicago’s West Side. Project VIDA was founded by a consortium of volunteers in 1992 to address the unique needs and concerns of Latino and African American individuals at risk for or currently living with HIV/AIDS. We began with two co-founders distributing condoms out of a hardware store in Little Village (over 90,000 residents), then grew to have our own space, and now have two sites with dedicated and committed staff, volunteers, contractors, and Board of Directors. Project VIDA’s mission was newly revised in 2010 and is now “to improve quality of life and reduce health disparities in underserved communities by promoting self-empowerment and providing holistic health education and direct services.”

    The HIV Case Management service provides medical and supportive case management to clients living with HIV/AIDS; including food, transportation, referrals, medication adherence counseling, housing assistance, etc.

    Associated Tags: African American , case management , Hispanic , HIV , HIV/AIDS , Latino , PROJECT VIDA , west side

  • Wedding Directory

    AGENCY: ENGAYGED WEDDINGS
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (855) 436-5428
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Varies

    This is a directory that can help LGBTQ individuals find wedding resources that are open and accepting. This directory links individuals to LGBTQ wedding resources in Chicago, Illinois, all around the USA, and around the world.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , engagement , engayged weddings , marriage , wedding , wedding planning , weddings

  • Real Estate Agency

    AGENCY: DREAMTOWN LGBT
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: Todd Szwajkowski
    EMAIL: Not Listed
    PHONE: (312) 423-9124
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Dream Town’s definition of family has always been inclusive … driven by a heartfelt respect for all our clients and real estate consultants. As Illinois’ historic new Marriage Equality laws take effect in June 2014 —and Chicago’s LGBT buyers & sellers begin to form their new families — we know many will have questions about the implications this change in legal status will have on home finance options, title transfer, taxes and other residential ownership issues.

    We’re committed to making sure that the LGBT community has all the tools they need to fully understand their newly won real estate rights & responsibilities. That’s why we created the Dreamtown LGBT Client Services Division — the first of it’s kind in Chicagoland. This new division will offer resources and connections — powered by Dreamtown’s award-winning residential consultants who specialize in serving the diverse needs of this unique market — in order to help the LGBT communityfully celebrate their “Pride of Ownership.” Sign up here to receive information about upcoming seminars and events.

    Associated Tags: Dreamtown , housing , Real Estate , realty

  • Realty Network

    AGENCY: GAY REALTY NETWORK
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    A network of LGBTQ friendly real estate agents in Illinois.

    Search profiles of agents of Illinois who can help you with your real estate needs.

    If you are an LGBTQ friendly real estate agent, you can add your profile to the network.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , communitites , Gay Realty Network , housing , professional , Real Estate , realty network

  • Unabridged Bookstore

    AGENCY: UNABRIDGED BOOKSTORE
    ADDRESS: 3251 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 883-9119
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Every Monday and Friday 10:00a.m. to 9:00p.m.; Every Saturday and Sunday 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.

    Unabridged is known for its dedicated & knowledgeable staff, their hand-written personal recommendations, an unparalleled sale book section, LGBTQ book section, and an award-winning children’s section. It’s safe to say that Unabridged is the only bookstore in the Chicago area where a shopper can buy the latest issue of a magazine, a copy of children’s classic Goodnight Moon, or newest title, and pick up the latest literary fiction & non-fiction sensation, all in one stop.

    Associated Tags: books , bookstore , unabridged bookstore

  • Women and Children First Bookstore

    AGENCY: WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST
    ADDRESS: 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 769-9299
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Varies

    We are one of the largest feminist bookstores in the country, stocking more than 30,000 books by and about women, children’s books for all ages, and the best of lesbian and gay fiction and non-fiction. Anything we don’t have in stock we can usually get in a few days’ time, even if it’s a title outside our specialty. We also carry cards, magazines, blank books and journals, calendars, CDs, gift items like candles, and pride products.

    Our staffers include teachers, graduate students, professional writers and storytellers, political activists, board members, and poets. Each of us is a reader, a feminist, and a bookseller. Our purpose in beginning the store 33 years ago was to promote the work of women writers and to create a place in which all women would find books reflecting their lives and interests. We strive to do this in an atmosphere in which all are respected, valued, and well-served. That is our purpose still, online as well as in the store.

    Hours:
    Monday and Tuesday 11:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.
    Wednesday through Friday 11:00a.m. to 9:00p.m.
    Saturday 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.
    Sunday 11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

    Associated Tags: books , bookstore , feminist , lesbian , LGBTQ , queer , transgender , Women and Children First

  • Library Resource Collection

    AGENCY: OAK PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY
    ADDRESS: 834 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (708) 383-8200
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Monday - Thursday 9:00a.m. to 9:00p.m.; Fridays 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.; Saturdays 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.; Sundays 1:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.

    Oak Park Public Library has created a unique collection to serve transgender people and everyone seeking information, including employers, medical providers, allies, friends, and family. Materials are available to most Illinois library cardholders.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , collections , gender identity , library , Oak Park Public Library , transgender

  • Family Law

    AGENCY: NOTTAGE AND WARD
    ADDRESS: 10 N. Dearborn, 11th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 332-2915
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: None Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    At Nottage and Ward, our Illinois family law attorneys provide quality legal representation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individual and couples. We handle a number of legal matters that affect the rights of the LGBT community. We also represent LGBT individuals on issues such as child custody, property division, child visitation, adoption, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and dissolution of civil unions and same-sex marriages. We stay abreast of the changing laws that affect the rights of LGBT individuals and couples. Please contact us to find out how we can help you.

    Associated Tags: adoption , basic needs , child custody , child visitation , family law , law , Nottage and Ward , post-nuptial agreement , prenuptial agreement , property division

  • Surrogacy

    AGENCY: CHICAGO SURROGATE AGENCY
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: NONE LISTED
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Chicago Surrogacy Agency is committed to assisting our gay and lesbian intended parents build the families they’ve always wanted through gestational surrogacy.

    The surrogacy process takes, on average, 10 to 14 months from start to finish. Adoption proceedings can take years, and those years often take their toll in stress and financial drains. Additionally, adoption agencies have many strict rules about who can and can’t adopt a child, and that often leaves many loving, dedicated potential parents unable to actually bring a child home. When you use a surrogate to have a child, however, you’ll find the process is much less stressful.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , Chicago Surrogate Agency , children , surrogacy , surrogate

  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

    AGENCY: EDWARD HINES, JR. VA HOSPITAL
    ADDRESS: 5000 S. 5th Ave., Hines, IL 60141
    CONTACT: Lorry Luscri and Mandi Evanson
    PHONE: (708) 202-8387
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Every Monday through Friday 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

    Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care to all veterans and is a key treatment facility within the Great Lakes regional network of VA hospitals and outpatient clinics. Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital also serves as the southern tier hub of the Great Lakes region for pathology, radiology, radiation therapy, human resource management and fiscal services.

    Hines VA hospital is a leader in treatment equality and is committed to providing quality care to all veterans, including the estimated 26,000 Illinois veterans who identify as LGBT. In order to provide culturally-sensitive and appropriate services to the LGBT community, Hines VA hospital emphasizes four core elements: 1) patient non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, 2) an equal visitation policy that allows any person the patient chooses, including same-sex partners to be present during a patient’s stay, 3) an employment non-discrimination policy, and 4) training in LGBT patient-centered care. Their efforts in promoting equality were recognized in 2013 by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index as being a leader in LGBT Health Care Equality.

    Hines VA hospital currently operates 471 beds and six community based outpatient clinics in Elgin, Kankakee, Oak Lawn, Aurora, LaSalle, and Joliet. Over 600,000 patient visits occurred in fiscal year 2010 providing care to over 54,000 veterans, primarily from Cook, DuPage and Will counties. In FY 2010 the budget for Hines was over $510 million, allowing them to provide a wide range of primary and specialty services to all members of the veterans community.

    Associated Tags: adult , basic needs , case management , counseling , end of life , health , homeless services , intensive treatment , mental health , prevention & wellness , primary care , specialty care , substance use , veterans

  • 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

  • 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

  • Funeral and Cremation Services

    AGENCY: CHICAGO PRIDE FUNERALS AND CREMATION SERVICES
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: Boguslaw “Bogie” Gal
    PHONE: (773) 998-2425
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    A family-run company providing funeral & cremation services with pride and respect for all people.
    When a loved one passes away, honoring that person is an important first step toward healing.

    We are here to help you create a tribute, celebrate the life and preserve the legacy of your loved one. Funeral Director Boguslaw “Bogie” Gal proudly serves ALL with honor and respect, as one family, throughout the Chicago and suburban area. He is able to to recognize and meet the diverse needs of each individual and family, regardless of religion, nationality, lifestyle or beliefs.

    We know that individuals and families come from a diverse variety of backgrounds, lifestyles and beliefs, and as such the care and services we offer are catered to meet that diversity. Whatever the circumstances or time of day, one of your first calls should be to a licensed funeral director. We are here to help you:
    • Transport your loved one
    • Obtain a death certificate
    • Select a casket, urn and/or grave marker
    • Arrange the funeral, memorial and/or burial service
    • Prepare the obituary
    • Assist with National and International shipping, with expertise in shipping and receiving to and from Poland
    • Assist you with other notifications and support

    Personalized Funeral Services
    We are experienced and knowledgeable in the funeral customs of many religions as well as in providing a variety of services to a diverse background of people. We offer services in English, Polish and Spanish upon request. Whether traditional or contemporary, and from special music to memorial DVD’s, we can personalize a service that is meaningful for you, your family and friends

    Associated Tags: basic needs , Chicago Pride Funerals and Cremation Services , cremation , end of life , funeral

  • Seniors Program

    AGENCY: WEST SUBURBAN SENIOR SERVICES
    ADDRESS: 8300 Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park, IL 60130
    CONTACT: Eric Vironet
    PHONE: (708) 234-1859
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Varies

    The WSSS LGBT Seniors program serves LGBT seniors and allies 55 and up in the western suburbs of Chicago. We offer outreach, socialization, health education, education on local, state, and federal programs for seniors, case management, and mental health counseling, all for free. We believe it is vital for LGBT Seniors to have a safe and supportive space to be themselves without worry of discrimination. Because many LGBT older adults have experienced social stigma, prejudice, and discrimination throughout their lives, it is important that aging service providers attain the training, sensitivity, and knowledge needed to serve the growing LGBT Senior population. We believe that providing supportive, tailored outreach and programming to LGBT seniors can help provide individuals with a respectful, empowering experience that can enhance health and well-being. The WSSS LGBT Seniors Program will strive to create both specific programming for LGBT seniors and an overall agency culture which are culturally sensitive and respectful.

    Crazy Crafters – Every Monday we have our weekly Crazy Crafters night from 7-9PM. Please join us for fun crafting and conversation. Beginners welcome!

    Monthly Movie Night – The fourth Wednesday of every month (will change to the 3rd Wednesday of each month in April 2014) from 4-6 PM we host a movie night. Movies shown reflect an LGBT theme and speak to the experience of being LGBT.

    Ballroom Dancing – Please join us for a two hour ballroom dancing class. All skills levels, including beginners are welcome. Ballroom dancing classes recur every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 2-4 PM.

    The LGBT Seniors Program now offers free case management and mental health counseling to program participants (LGBT Seniors 55 and up in the western suburbs)

    Associated Tags: basic needs , case management , counseling , education , health education , mental health counseling , outreach , senior program , Seniors , social , West Suburban Senior Services

  • Youth Drop-In Center

    AGENCY: PROLOGUE LGBT SOUTH SIDE DROP IN CENTER
    ADDRESS: 1857 E. 71 St., Chicago, IL 60649
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    New LGBT South Side drop in center!!!
    Description
    Prologue is a multi-site, community-based high school and GED program founded in 1972. It is state-recognized and NCA accredited.

    We Offer:

    A Safe Heaven to Meet
    Free Rapid HIV Testing
    Connect To Care
    ILI Assessments
    Incentives
    Safe Sex Kits
    Referrals
    Peer Lead Groups
    Peer Support
    Internet Access
    Help Finding a Shelter
    Help Writing a Resume
    Referrals to our Alternative High School / GED Program
    And Much More!!!

    Associated Tags: basic needs , career and employment , drop-in center , education , health , HIV/STD , prevention & wellness , Prologue , Prologue LGBT South Side Drop In Center , youth

  • Housing Connections

    AGENCY: QUEER HOUSING
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Varies
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Queer Housing is a tumblr dedicated to helping queer folk find harmonious housing arrangements. Post or search here if you’re looking to fill a space in your apartment/house or if you’re looking for a room yourself/roommates to search with.

    There are too many of us that settle for less-than-comfortable living arrangements, when there are tons of other queer folk we could be living around instead.

    FYI: This is a very PoC/trans* positive blog.

    Associated Tags: accepting , basic needs , Community Assistance , housing , permanent , Queer Housing , transgender , transitional