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  • 24-Hour Legal Representation

    AGENCY: FIRST DEFENSE LEGAL AID
    ADDRESS: 5100 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60644
    CONTACT: Samoane Williams
    PHONE: 1-800-529-7374
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    24 Hours

    First Defense Legal Aid provides free, 24-hour legal representation to people in Chicago Police custody and educates Chicagoans about how to protect their constitutional rights. We undertake these activities to promote fairness and accountability in the justice system.

  • General Law and Gender Transitioning Legal Help

    AGENCY: THE LAW OFFICE OF JILL ROSE QUINN
    ADDRESS: 4753 N. Broadway Ave., Ste #608, Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT:
    PHONE: (773) 777-9277
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:
    HOURS:
    10:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. and by appointment, Every Monday through Friday

    General practice law firm serving members of the LGBTQ community in the following areas: Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Traffic Law, Family Law, Wills, Estates and Probate, Assistance with issues related to lesbian and gay partnerships, transition issues for the transgendered.

    Associated Tags: discrimination , estate planning , general law , legal , The Law Office of Jill Rose Quinn , transgender & queer

  • Immigration Attorney

    AGENCY: IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS LLC
    ADDRESS: 203 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 1550, Chicago, IL 60601
    CONTACT: IRA AZULAY
    PHONE: (312) 661-9100 ext.8939
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: 1
    HOURS:
    8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Every Monday through Friday

    Immigration Attorneys are law firm with experience in immigration law. We specialize in legal representation for bi-national same sex couples.

    Please contact lead attorney Ira Azulay for more information.

    Associated Tags: attorney , bi-national , immigration , IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS LLC , law

  • 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

  • Family Law

    AGENCY: LAKE TOBACK DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW
    ADDRESS: 33 N. Dearborn St., Ste. 900, Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 288-8985
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Varies

    At Lake Toback, we pride ourselves on providing effective legal services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and couples. We handle a wide range of legal matters that affect the rights of the LGBT community.

    We understand the need for LGBT households to secure legal protections that ensure the stability of their family. We offer legal representation on such issues as custody, visitation, adoption, property division, adoption, estate and financial planning for high net worth couples, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and dissolution of civil unions and same-sex marriages.

    To best serve our clients, we keep abreast of changes in the law that impact the rights of LGBT individuals and couples. To speak with a lawyer at our firm about your legal needs, contact our law office in Chicago, Illinois.
    About Our Firm

    Our attorneys are highly regarded in the legal community and have helped countless clients protect their parental and financial rights. Senior partner Steven R. Lake and managing partner Alan J. Toback bring to each case more than 50 years of combined experience in matrimonial law. Mr. Lake and Mr. Toback are recognized leaders in the field of family law. Each has held numerous professional organizational appointments, lectured extensively, and authored books, articles and family law treatises on divorce and family law matters.

    Our attorneys work closely with clients to understand their objectives and put in place legal measures with their needs in mind. We take time to listen to our clients, answer their questions, explain their rights, return calls promptly and keep clients informed about the status of their cases. We work diligently to provide our clients with highly personalized, accessible and responsive representation. As a client of our firm, you will have a skilled and dedicated advocate on your side.

    Associated Tags: adoption , civil union dissolusion , custody , divorce , estate planning , family , Lake , Lake Toback Divorce and Family Law , lawyer , legal , property division , Toback , visitation

  • 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

  • Hate Crime Victim Assistance

    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: Unknown
    HOURS:
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm Every Monday through Friday, 24 hours a day Chicago Police Department Assistance

    If you believe you have been a victim of a hate crime, call 911 to contact the Chicago Police Department immediately! It is imperative that you tell the police why you feel that hatred was a motivating factor in the crime for the additional felony charges of hate crime to be added. If you need assistance in reporting a hate crime, call the Commission at 312.744.4874.

    Hate crimes are acts of bigotry, and are committed because of the intended victim’s actual or perceived ancestry, color, creed, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability (including HIV status), or national origin. Hate crimes not only harm the victim, but also the group in which the targeted member belongs.

    Hate crimes can only be charged when another crime such as battery, assault, aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to vehicle or to real property, mob action, looting, disorderly conduct or harassment by telephone occurs and a specific hate motive is established. Hate Crime is a Class 4 felony. If a convicted hate crime offender receives a probationary sentence, the court may also impose community service hours.

    According to Illinois law, hate can be considered an aggravating factor and “accorded weight in favor of imposing a term of imprisonment or may be considered by the court as reason to impose a more severe sentence.”

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

  • Hate Crime Hotline

    AGENCY: GAY & TRANSGENDER HATE CRIME HOTLINE
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: 1-800-616-4283
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    24/7

    Gay & Transgender Hate Crime Hotline
    1-800-616-HATE

    A hotline for legal advice, counseling support, and reporting hate crimes.

    Associated Tags: assault and hate crimes , gay and transgender hate crime hotline , hate crime , helplines and eSupport , hotline , legal , transgender & gay

  • Legal Assistance & Policy Advocacy

    AGENCY: THE CIVIL RIGHTS AGENDA
    ADDRESS: 2129 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 235-8852
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Not Listed

    Legal assistance to people who are victims of workplace discrimination is provided through TCRA’s Workplace Project.
    Policy advocacy is a critical component to the Workplace Project. TCRA, in partnership with allied organizations and individual experts, only supports legislation that promotes equality in the workplace and advances the need for equal rights and benefits for all workers and working families.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , Civil Rights , civil rights agenda , employee discrimination , policy advocacy

  • Estate Planning

    AGENCY: WILLING TO HELP, LLC
    ADDRESS: 2007 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
    CONTACT: Leigh
    PHONE: (440) 840-3095
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    Willing To Help provides contemporary personalized estate planning for modern LGBT families. We exist to ease the uncertainty surrounding estate planning and to bring you peace of mind so you can enjoy your life. We specialize in new families for whom this may be their first estate plan.

    Associated Tags: estate planning , family , legal , legal assistance , Willing to Help

  • Family Law

    AGENCY: JILL METZ & ASSOCIATES
    ADDRESS: 5443 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT: Jill Metz
    PHONE: (773) 878-4480
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    We have been providing legal services for over 25 years. Our services include: lesbian/gay family law, second parent adoption, estate planning, real estate, domestic relations, business law, and condominium representation.

    Associated Tags: adoption , domestic relations , estate planning , family , family law , Jill Metz & Associates , legal , violence

  • Employee Discrimination Legal Assistance

    AGENCY: CASE LAW FIRM
    ADDRESS: 250 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 230, Chicago, IL 60606
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 920-0400
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Not Listed

    Employment law firm representing GLBT employees in all aspects of their employment relationships. Focus on employment contracts, executive counseling, benefits, medical leave issues and workplace discrimination. The Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) protects employees from unlawful discrimination based upon their sexual orientation. This means that an employer is prohibited from making employment decisions, such as hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, or pay determinations, because of an employee’s sexual orientation. Additionally, the statute protects employees from hostile work environment harassment based upon their sexual orientation, as well as retaliation for reporting what they reasonably believe to be sexual orientation discrimination. The IHRA covers employers with as few as fifteen employees. However, both the Cook County and Chicago Human Rights Acts prohibit employers with any number of employees from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

    To pursue a claim for unlawful sexual orientation discrimination under the IHRA, you must begin by filing a charge at the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Because there is no federal statute covering sexual orientation discrimination at the moment, the time by which an employee must file this charge is significantly shorter than it is for other types of discrimination. Thus, employees should contact an attorney as quickly as possible to ensure they maintain their right to file suit. Only after the Department of Human Rights investigates your claims can you proceed to file a lawsuit in state court. The Case Law Firm, LLC represents employees from the initial consideration of whether or not to file a charge, all the way through potential litigation.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , case law , Case Law Firm , discrimination , employee discrimination , legal

  • Legal Assistance

    AGENCY: LYSTER FIRM LAW OFFICES
    ADDRESS: 221 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60601
    CONTACT: Todd Lyster
    PHONE: (312) 855-0875
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    Criminal Defense Attorneys serving the LGBT community for over 30 years.

    WE SPECIALIZE IN HELPING GOOD PEOPLE OUT OF BAD SITUATIONS
    If you or someone you care about has been questioned by the police or charged with a crime, the consequences can be terrifying and devastating. A criminal conviction can include jail or prison time, large fines and a mark on your record that can have a serious impact on your reputation, and plans for the future. You cannot afford to lose your case. You deserve a criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect your future.

    One of Chicago’s most respected criminal defense attorneys, Todd Lyster, has earned a reputation for providing high quality, aggressive legal representation in Chicago and Illinois, by providing his clients with the highest standards of diligence, knowledge and professional advice, and by steadfastly protecting his client’s constitutional rights. Whether a client is seeking a Federal criminal defense attorney or an Illinois criminal defense attorney, Todd Lyster treats each client’s situation with attention and importance. – See more at: http://www.lysterfirm.com/yourrights.php#sthash.JrL9ouaS.dpuf

    Associated Tags: arrest , criminal defense , dui , law , legal , Lyster Firm Law Offices

  • Civil Rights Law Firm

    AGENCY: LOEVY & LOEVY
    ADDRESS: 312 N. May St., Ste. 100, Chicago, IL 60607
    CONTACT: Unknown
    PHONE: (312) 243-5900
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Unknown

    At Loevy & Loevy, we’ve won dozens of jury trials and more than $250 million in jury verdicts and settlements for our clients. We seek justice for those whose civil rights have been violated (unlawful arrests, first amendment retaliation) and for whistleblowers who expose corruption.

    Associated Tags: assault and hate crimes , downtown , first amendment , lawyer , legal , Loevy & Loevy , unlawful arrest , whistleblower

  • Violence Resource Hotline

    AGENCY: CENTER ON HALSTED
    ADDRESS: 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 871-CARE (2273)
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    Not Listed

    Center on Halsted’s LGBTQ Violence Resource Line was created in response to the growing need for victim assistance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive (LGBTQH) people. It is the only LGBTQ-specific program committed to addressing violence against and within LGBTQ communities in Illinois. It has become a cornerstone of recovery for many LGBTQH victims, witnesses, and friends of those who have experience bias/discrimination, or domestic, sexual, hate or police violence in the Chicago area.

    The line can provide callers with safety planning, information and referrals, personal, legal and media advocacy, public outreach and education, and crisis counseling. There are no fees for Violence Resource Line services.

    Associated Tags: Center on Halsted , COH , crisis , discrimination , domestic violence , education , helplines and eSupport , HIV , hotline , interpersonal violence , legal , media , mental health , outreach , sexual violence

  • Comprehensive Programming and Support

    AGENCY: CHICAGO HOUSE/TRANSLIFE CENTER
    ADDRESS: 1925 N. Clybourn St., Ste. 401, Chicago, IL 60614
    CONTACT: Channyn Parker
    PHONE: (773) 248-5200 ext. 333
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    Chicago House’s newest program, the TransLife Center (TLC), officially launched in 2013. The TLC provides comprehensive programming and support to transgender individuals.

    TransHealth provides a variety of resources and health information to transgender people impacted by HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness, chronic illness, and/or mental health issues.

    Chicago House provides both on-site and scattered-site housing options for transgender individuals.

    The TransLegal Program provides holistic and affirming legal services, self-help legal assistance, and legal education to transgender people to support the overall mission of the TransLife Center (TLC) and the personal success of its participants.

    The mission of TransWorks is to advance employment and work opportunities for transgender individuals. TransWorks consists of a 3-week skill-building workshop, career coaching, mentorship, and internship opportunities.

    Associated Tags: basic needs , Chicago House , health , HIV , HIV positive , housing , legal , queer , services , support , The Chicago House , transgender , Translife

  • National Immigrant Justice Center

    AGENCY: HEARTLAND ALLIANCE
    ADDRESS: 208 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 1818, Chicago, IL 60604
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 660-1370
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed

    Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, through direct services, advocacy, and public education.

    NIJC’s National Asylum Partnership on Sexual Minorities (NAPSM) focuses on representing and advocating on behalf of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants, including asylum and other matters.

    Experienced legal staff members represent clients, provide trainings and support materials for attorneys and social service providers, and respond to inquiries from jails throughout the country where immigrants are detained and seeking legal assistance.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , asylum seekers , education , heartland alliance , immigration , legal , public education , refugees

  • Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP)

    AGENCY: TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE LAW PROJECT OF ILLINOIS
    ADDRESS: 4707 N. Broadway Ave., Ste. 307, Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 272-1822
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP) is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination.

    Prison abolition is a movement to create lasting alternatives to punishment-based institutions such as prisons, jails, juvenile, immigrant, and military detention centers.  Gender self- determination means having control over our own gender identities, free from limitation.  Transformative Justice seeks to resist state- run responses to violence (such as the police state and systems of punishment, detention, and incarceration) and instead promotes support, compassion, dialogue and community building. In this way, reliance on violent and oppressive State level systems is transformed and replaced with community empowerment.

    Associated Tags: activist , community , empowerment , gender self-determination , law , lawyer , social worker , support , TJLP , transformative justice , Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois , transgender & queer

  • Equality Illinois

    AGENCY: EQUALITY ILLINOIS
    ADDRESS: 17 N. State St., Ste. 1020, Chicago, IL 60606
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 477-7173
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Monday through Friday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

    The Mission of Equality Illinois is to secure, protect and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois

    We envision a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

     

    Associated Tags: advocacy , education , equal rights , equality illinois , organization

  • HIV+ Legal Resources

    AGENCY: AIDS LEGAL COUNCIL OF CHICAGO
    ADDRESS: 180 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 2110, Chicago, IL 60601
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 427-8990
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Monday through Friday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

    The AIDS Legal Council provides legal assistance in cases where an individual’s HIV status, real or perceived, is the cause of his or her legal difficulties. We assist clients with discrimination cases, insurance disputes, return-to-work questions and confidentiality issues. We help those who come to us because they are too ill to work and need assistance applying for public benefits.

    We provide legal help to immigrants with HIV who want to normalize their status in the United States. And we help clients who need to write wills, powers of attorney or guardianships to guarantee that their loved ones will be cared for in case of serious illness or death.

     

    Associated Tags: advocacy , AIDS , AIDS Legal Council of Chicago , assault and hate crimes , benefits assistance , confidentiality problems , discrimination , employment problems , HIV , immigration status , insurance disputes , juvenile justice , legal , transgender & queer , violence