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LGBTQA Resources

Safe Zone Logo There are many resources nationally and in the Chicago area that provide advocacy, support, education, medical and other resources to the LGBTQ community. Check out the list below or contact Gina Nunez at 312-261-3092 for personalized referrals.

Accredited Schools Online

Accredited Schools Online publishes an education-driven guidebook dedicated to the well-being of the teen and student LGBTQ community. The guidebook provides pertinent information, including a list of LGBTQ scholarships and support resources. 

Affordable Colleges Online

Affordable Colleges Online provides a guide to campus and community resources for LGBTQ students in order to make the college experience more welcoming and supportive. Key elements of the guide include: programs and policies to look for when searching for a LGBTQ-friendly school, information about various LGBTQ student organizations that have a presence at most colleges and universities, and a list of online resources for LGBTQ students. 

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

AIDS Foundation of Chicago is a local and national leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Access their site for advocacy, public policy, and latest news on treatment and prevention issues.

Affinity Community Services

Affinity Community Services is a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies to identify emergent needs, create safe spaces, develop leaders, and bridge communities through collective analysis and action for social justice, freedom, and human rights.

ALMA (Association of Latino Men for Action)

Empowering Latino gay, bisexual, and questioning men by providing support, advocacy, and leadership opportunities, through innovative cultural programming.

American Veterans for Equal Rights

AVER is a non-profit, chapter-based association of active, reserve and veteran service members dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Amigas Latinas

Support, education and advocacy group for Latina lesbian, bisexual and questioning women. contact: 773-661-0940 or 

Asians and Friends Chicago

Supporting the gay Asian community in Chicago since 1984.

Center on Halsted

Center on Halsted is a focal point in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Chicago, serving the community’s diverse social, recreational, cultural, and social service needs.

Drug Rehab is a website dedicated to providing information and support to people fighting substance abuse and addiction.  Check out the following two links for information on resources specifically dedicated to LGBT Students and for students in general for success in college when dealing with addiction issues.

Equality Illinois

Equality Illinois is established to secure and protect full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Illinois.

Equip for Equality

The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois. It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association was founded in 1981 to help ensure equality in healthcare for the LGTB community. We offer an online directory of non-judgmental and culturally competent doctors, therapist, nurses, dentists and other providers that you can trust. 

Find our online provider directory at:


GLSEN engages the Chicago education community in creating safer schools by working with area high school Gay-Straight Alliances, funding a youth scholarship program, advocating for legal and policy change, and holding regular events for students, educators and others interested in LGBTQ issues.

Go Grad

Go Grad provides a variety of LGBTQ-specific scholarships in popular career fields such as the arts, physical or social sciences, advocacy and education. Tips and resources for funding your Master's degree and scholarship application checklists are also available to help you succeed academically.

Howard Brown Health Center

Howard Brown Health Center exists to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.  Howard Brown Health Center provides primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

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

Learn How to Become

Resources and expert advice for LGBT students on a social level including tips for navigating campus and ways to find support (Resource Page).  Additionally, they have developed a financial aid resource guide dedicated to helping LGBT students navigate the costs of higher education (Financial Aid Guide).


Legal Rights Resources

Anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBT students:

Countries not safe to work or travel in for LGBT students:

Discrimination against the LGBT community in workplaces:

Lesbian Community Care Project (LCCP) of Howard Brown Health Center

The Lesbian Community Care Project (LCCP) of Howard Brown Health Center promotes the health and wellness of the lesbian, bisexual, queer, and transgender community through healthcare services, public education, research, and programming.

National HIV Treatment Hotline – Project Inform

The Hotline has served tens of thousands of callers since 1985 and is staffed mostly with HIV-positive individuals who help callers sort through issues that most people living with HIV face at some time in their lives. Our operators know what it’s like to get an HIV diagnosis and how to live well with HIV.

Orgullo en Acción

Orgullo en Acción is a group of Latino/a LGBTQQ community members united in working for social and political change. Their goals are to promote education, provide leadership development, and to increase Latino/a LGBTQQ awareness within communities.


PFLAG is Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. It has seven chapters in Northern Illinois, and holds monthly support meetings.


Affordable has put together a listing of potential scholarship opportunities available to LGBT students.  


TPAN empowers people living with HIV through peer-led programming, support services, information dissemination, and advocacy. They also provide services to the broader community to increase HIV knowledge and sensitivity, and to reduce the risk of infection.

Heartland Health Outreach - Vital Bridges

Vital Bridges helps people throughout metropolitan Chicago impacted by HIV and AIDS to improve their health and build self-sufficiency by providing food, nutrition, housing, case management and prevention services.


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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