LGBTQIA+ Resources



The Center On Halsted

Contact: Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director

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 Community Services is a social justice organization serving the needs of the Black LGBTQ community of Chicago with a particular focus on Black women.







  • CALOR A Division of Anixter Center
    5038 W. Armitage Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60639
    Telephone: 773-385-9080 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.



  • Center on Halsted

  3656 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613

  Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than    1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood.



  • Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame
    740 North Sedgwick Street, 3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60610-3478
    (312) 744-7911
    http://www.glhalloffame.orgOur 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 its 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 a 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.





  • Gender Cool Project

   The Gender Cool Project seeks to reach every corner of the country with positive and powerful stories about who transgender kids and their peer allies are rather than what they are. We leave the labels at the door and build understanding through         storytelling about the accomplishments of these remarkable young leaders.



  • Gerber/Hart Library & Archives
    1127 W. Granville Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60660
    Contact: Dave Howser Mission: LGBT Information Resource and Archives. Founded in 1981, G/H hosts various programs and events to dispel homophobia by providing affirming information about LGBT persons.



  • Howard Brown Health Center
    4025 N. Sheridan Road
    Chicago, IL 60613
    http://www.howardbrown.orgThe Midwest’s largest gay, lesbian, and bisexual health organization. Our Mission: To promote the well-being of LGBT persons through clinical care, educational, social service, and research activities.



  • Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance)
    70 E. Lake St, Suite 900
    Chicago, IL 60601
    368.9070 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.







The Legacy Project manages the world’s only outdoor museum walk and education program dedicated to combating anti-gay bullying by celebrating LGBT contributions to world history and culture.  This unique installation spans one-half mile of the        North HalstedCorridor in Chicago and is the largest collection of detailed bronze biographical markers known to exist.  This award-winning program has been internationally recognized for taking LGBT history “to the streets” to confront mythology and      misunderstanding with the truth about all that LGBT people have given to the world.  Customized lesson plans, study guides, and multi-media are combined with guided tours of the installation to help high school GSA clubs explore a history they did        not know had been kept from them.



  • LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois

  Chamber Offices
3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613

  The Chamber works tirelessly to promote our Members through marketing initiatives, public relations campaigns, and cooperative advertising that reach local, regional, and national markets.



  • Test Positive Aware Network
    5537 N. Broadway
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Contact: Bruce Weiss, Executive Director
    http://www.tpan.comTPAN 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.



          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.



5315 N. Clark St. #192
Chicago, IL, 60640


  Windy City Media Group serves the diverse communication needs of the LGBTQ community. It produces Windy City Times as well as written and video content online, plus community events and benefits. Effective January 2019, WCT will be primarily    a biweekly print publication. Exceptions will include Pride Month, a special wedding guide and other stand-alone publications. WCT has been a free newspaper serving the Chicago LGBTQ since 1985. Since the mid-1990s, it has also grown as a daily    online platform, and several years ago, the online audience surpassed the print publication readers. As more and more people receive their news daily online, WCT has kept pace on the web, email, and social media. More than 125,000 unique visitors    visit the WCT website each month, with 21,000 on Twitter, 15,000 on Facebook and 2,000 on Instagram. For details contact Publisher Terri Klinsky at