Center on Halsted

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 Men’s Chorus

The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) has been an integral part of Chicago’s cultural and gay communities since 1983. For the last two decades, we have entertained audiences across the continent with innovative musical programming exploring everything from love to politics to the sometimes fabulous, sometimes challenging world of being gay - often all at the same time.

Listed below are various organizations geared to the GLBT community to help with matters related to health, well-being, social justice, civil rights and entertainment. Feel free to visit these sites as needed. If you have an organization you would like to suggest for this links page, let us know.

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Chi-Town Squares

Chi-Town offers an alternative social activity for those in Chicago’s lesbian and gay community. The social interaction is a great way to meet people. Our dances are alcohol-free. This is a nice change from the typical bar scene that many people in our community find  themselves in, for purposes of meeting others. For all these reasons, Chi-Town Squares is the place to be!

Community Action and Alliance Network (CAAN)

CAAN provides programming, support and outreach services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community. We hope you’ll visit your community center at 68 N. Chicago St. in downtown Joliet to participate in our events and activities, get information and support, and/or help out the cause. Our Mission is to build community and personal alliances to alleviate the effects of discrimination due to sexual orientation and/or gender identification.

Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees:

· Your First Amendment rights - freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.

· Your right to equal protection under the law - equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.

· Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.

· Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.

Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of more than 700,000 members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where GLBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

PFLAG

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

Youth Outlook

Youth Outlook [formerly Questioning Youth Center (QYC)] is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and respectful environment for adolescents, whether they identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ).

 

Youth Outlook is the only agency in the DuPage Kane, and DeKalb counties of Illinois dedicated solely to serving LGBTQ youth. In order to accomplish our mission, we provide wellness education on a variety of topics, leadership development, and social space. We also conduct community education programs in order to change the social atmosphere that imperils LGBTQ youth in the first place.

The Kane County Group

This group is for meeting other GLBTQ adults in the far west suburbs. We get together at least twice each month for social discussion and exchange of ideas, in an accepting and supportive environment.  The group and its activities are open to everyone in the  area, however most of the events take place in and around St. Charles and Geneva, Illinois.

Open Door Clinic

The purpose of Open Door Clinic’s HIV Clinic is to aggressively confront the Human Immunodeficiency Virus with early intervention using primary medical services and compassion. When AIDS was recognized in the early 1980's as being a sexually transmitted disease, the Board of Directors of Open Door Clinic (ODC) felt it was important for the STD Clinic to extend its diagnostic, treatment and prevention services to include HIV/AIDS.

DuPage County Health Department

The DuPage County Health Department offers free HIV testing on a walk-in basis on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00 - 6:30 PM at the STD clinic in Wheaton and on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM. The DuPage County Health Department also has full STD screening on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00 - 7:00 PM on a walk-in basis for $50 (including treatment if needed). The clinic also provides Hepatitis B vaccinations (they still have Twinrix for a limited time -- Hepatitis A & B) at no added cost. The Health Department phone number is (630) 682-7400, ext. 7038.

West Suburban Gay Association