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American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, dedicated to protecting freedom, liberty, equality and justice for all within the United States. With a membership of more than 23,000 across Illinois - a total of more than 550,000 across the nation - the ACLU accomplishes its goals through litigation, lobbying and education programs.

Equality Illinois

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

Illinois Department of Human Rights

The Department of Human Rights administers the Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (with regard to employment), familial status (with regard to real estate transactions), age, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service, unfavorable military discharge, and sexual orientation.

Illinois Gender Advocates

Illinois Gender Advocates exist to bring equality and prosperity to the transgender people and our allies in Illinois through public education, networking, and government petition.

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance

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.

Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago

The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago is a nonprofit membership organization of judges, attorneys, law students, and affiliated law workers.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

PFLAG (Parents, families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) celebrates diversity and envisions a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

Stonewall Association of Illinois

The Stonewall Association of Illinois is an umbrella organization composed of men and women of all ages whose mission is to encourage a sense of community which promotes unity, self acceptance, support, the sharing of ideas and interests, and the building of a supportive network of friends though social activities.

Rainbow Families of Illinois

Rainbow Families of Illinois is a non-profit, community-based organization that includes lesbian and gay parents and their children and those considering parenthood. The mission of Rainbow Families is to build and maintain a strong and caring community, recognizing the broad diversity and varied interests among our families.

National Resources

Listed below are some of the leading national organizations providing resources, networking, crisis aid, and information on legal issues for the LGBTQA community.