Coming Out / Support / Health
Affinity is a non-profit organization in its fifteenth year serving Chicago’s black lesbian and bisexual women’s community. For fifteen years, Affinity has served the black lesbian community through a combination of educational, social and community collaborations. One of the central elements of Affinity’s mission has been the creation of opportunities for visibility, empowerment, and leadership for black lesbians locally, while serving as a national organizing model.
Facebook: Amigas Latinas
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Amigas Latinas is a support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, bisexual and questioning women of Latina heritage that provide a safe environment and offers opportunities to gather, celebrate and explore their identities and potential as women who love women.Amigas Latinas began in July of 1995 as a small group of 10 Latina women that reunite to socialize, strategize and talk in a safe environment about the need for a Latina lesbian, bisexual and questioning women group. There was a need and there is still the need for Amigas. Since that first meeting, the amount of people that receive our newsletter has grown to over 250 women of Latina heritage from Latin America. Amigas Latinas offers a safe environment to discuss and define our perceptions and those of the societies we live in, about who we are as women loving women.Amigas Latinas does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, parental status, or income. All social events are open to everyone; some programs may be limited to particular populations.
Facebook: Amiguitas Latinas
We seek to provide a safe space for young Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer Latinas to hang out, get support and have discussions about issues that affect our communities.
Facebook: Center on Halsted
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.
website: CFW Website
Chicago Foundation for Women raises money to fund and support organizations that help women and girls—it’s all about making smarter connections between need, money and solutions. We believe that when women and girls are secure, whole communities are made better. We are a community of people who share the excitement of giving to help women and girls thrive. We improve the lives of women and girls through grants, advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education. Since 1985, we have given more than 2,800 grants totaling more than $18 million and helped thousands of women and girls become philanthropists.
Facebook: Chicago NOW
We are dedicated to furthering feminist issues for the women of Chicago. We pride ourselves on being part of ‘the city that works,’ a city with a long history of activism. Our intention is to make a difference in the lives of the women in our city by dedicating ourselves to several key projects each year, and through community outreach and political activities.
Facebook: GL Chamber of Commerce
In 1995, Tracy Baim of Lambda Publications and Kevin Boyer of Communications Management, Inc. saw a need for a local chamber of commerce dedicated to gay and lesbian owned businesses. Joined by three other business owners, they launched the Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Their goal was to have 30 Members by the first organizational meeting in March 1996. By the time that meeting was called to order, the Chamber had grown to include more than 80 businesses.Today the Chamber serves a roster of over 300 Members, a number that increases almost daily. These members are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) business owners, as well as gay-supportive businesses. Together they employ over 2,000 people in the Chicago area, with gross revenues that exceed $200 million. Since gay and lesbian tourism brings an estimated $300 million a year to Chicago, it’s no surprise that the city has discovered the viability of supporting the LGBT community.
Facebook: Gender Just
Gender JUST (Gender Justice United for Societal Transformation) is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational grassroots organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allied (LGBTQA) young people, LGBTQA people of color, and LGBTQA grassroots folks developing leadership and building power through organizing.
Facebook: Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal is the first national lesbian and gay organization with an office in the Midwest. The Midwest Regional Office (MRO) opened in Chicago in June 1993. Since then, Lambda Legal’s MRO has made a special commitment to litigation and education throughout its ten state region.
The Lesbian Community Care Project, a program of Howard Brown Health Center, promotes the health of lesbian, bisexual and queer women and transgender individuals through healthcare, advocacy, public education, research and programming.The mission of Howard Brown is to promote the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons through the provision of health care and wellness programs, including clinical, educational, social service and research activities. Howard Brown designed these programs to serve gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in a confidential, supportive, and nurturing environment. Howard Brown Health Center is committed to working cooperatively with other community-based organizations serving and contributing to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
Facebook: PFlag Illinois
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors. Monthly meetings are held for PFLAG. Please call in advance for time and location.
Facebook: Pow-Wow Inc.
Through Media Watch campaigns and advisories the organization provides forums, newsletters, and performances on various topics in response to current events as they pertain to or as seen through the eyes of a diverse culture of women and men. We seek to create opportunities for displaced and marginalized women and young women’s voices to have a platform to speak and be heard.
An innovative approach to moving Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth beyond life on the streets. UCAN strives to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment.
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