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Center for Awareness, Response & Education (CARE)

633 Emerson St. Evanston, IL 60208 — Searle Hall, 3rd Floor

847-491-2054 | | @care.northwestern

The mission of CARE is to create a culture of healthy sexuality at Northwestern University where sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking are not tolerated. CARE is a confidential space for students impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking, including friends or partners of survivors.

College Feminists

@nufeminists |

NU College Feminists is the premier feminist and pro-choice organization on the Evanston Northwestern campus. We frequently partner with the Women's Center and have events ranging from cookie decorating to attending protests together. We believe that everyone should be able to make their own decisions regarding abortion and birth control and we seek to educate students and the community at large about their rights to such decisions. We also work to counteract negative images of women and work against gender stereotyping. We believe in a progressive, informed, and open-minded community. We hope to accomplish these goals by rallying, supporting, and educating one another in the Northwestern Community and also by creating a network with other college campuses nationwide.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

633 Emerson St. Evanston, IL 60208 — Searle Hall, 2nd Floor

847-491-2151 | @northwesterncaps

Northwestern University Health Service (Searle Hall): (847) 491-8100

CAPS provides counseling to individuals and groups. Housed within the Division of Student Affairs and with offices on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses, CAPS serves as the primary mental health service at Northwestern University. CAPS provides a set of core services, including clinical services, educational workshops, and consultation with faculty, staff, and parents. CAPS' mission is to assist all students in developing healthy minds and balanced lives, allowing them to overcome obstacles and achieve their academic and personal goals.

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC)

1927 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 — Foster Walker Complex, House 5 (campus map)

847-491-1205 | | @gsrc_nu

The GSRC works toward personal and collective queer liberation and advancement by cofacilitating community events, educational initiatives, and institutional advocacy in partnership with Northwestern’s queer students, community organizations, and partner offices.

Masculinity, Allyship, Reflection, Solidarity (MARS)

CARE Office (Searle Hall) | @marsnorthwestern

MARS is an all-masculine identifying peer education group affiliated with CARE that provides education around healthy masculinity in predominantly masculine spaces at Northwestern. MARS is dedicated to combating rape culture and “restrictive masculinity” while also promoting “healthy masculinity” on campus through self-work and peer-led discussions. MARS exists as a space to openly and genuinely learn about yourself and how to help others form healthy self-images through exploration of masculinity.

Multicultural Center

Multicultural Student Affairs | @msaatnu

The mission of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is to provide quality services and programs that support and enhance the collegiate experience, particularly for under-served students. We seek to foster a learning environment that enriches the cultural, educational, professional, and social lives of students, providing opportunities for holistic development. Through advising, advocacy, and outreach, MSA is dedicated to an inclusive and diverse community and helps students excel individually and collectively.

Rainbow Alliance

GSRC Office | Listserv | @nu_rainbowalliance 

Rainbow Alliance is Northwestern’s undergraduate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, and ally group whose main goal is to provide a safe space for students of all genders and sexualities by supporting an active and social community.

Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE)

CARE Office (Searle Hall) | | @nushape | Request a Presentation

SHAPE is a student-run peer education group affiliated with CARE that provides education, organizes events, and generates campus dialogue about sexual health and sexual assault. SHAPE's mission is to increase students’ comfort regarding sexuality, encourage them to learn and adopt healthy sexual behaviors, and help them recognize and address unhealthy, dangerous behaviors and attitudes regarding sex and sexuality. SHAPE fulfills this mission by providing peer-led presentations and workshops to students, organizing outreach events, collaborating with other student organizations, and serving as a resource for students seeking accurate information about sexual health and sexual violence.

Women's Center

2000 Sheridan Rd. Evanston, IL 60208

847-491-7360 | | @nu_womenscenter

The Northwestern University Women's Center is dedicated to fostering a campus climate that promotes equity and enriches the personal, professional and academic lives of all members of the University community, particularly women students, staff and faculty. 

Off-Campus and Community Resources (Chicago)

About Face Youth Theatre

1922 W Irving Park Rd. Chicago, IL 60613 — Office and Rehearsal Space

773-784-8565 | | @aboutfacechi

About Face Youth Theatre provides an innovative and rigorous arts-based series of programs that increase the safety, empowerment and leadership capacity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning youth and their allies (LGBTQA) in order to catalyze youth-led civic dialogue and action within schools and communities.

AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC)

200 West Monroe Street, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60606-5075

312-922-2322 | @aidsfoundationchicago

Since 1985, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago has led the fight against HIV/AIDS in metropolitan Chicago. AFC grants funding for local HIV/AIDS care and prevention programs, advocates for sound AIDS policy and increased public support for AIDS services, and through our Service Providers Council, develops and implements strategies for coordinating AIDS care and prevention services.

Center on Halsted

3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613

773-472-6469 | @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. Center on Halsted's current services include support groups for youth and seniors; psychotherapy services; an info line for LGBT individuals and a hotline for HIV and STD concerns; prevention, treatment, and advocacy related to domestic violence; and a range of life-enrichment programs.

Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC)

1116 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60651 | 773-489-9081

24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 773-278-4566

CAWC is committed to ending domestic violence. Using a self-help, empowerment approach, we provide a shelter for women and children, and counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. We work for social change through education, service collaboration, and institutional advocacy.

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame

773-281-5095 | Contact

The Chicago LGBT 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 our 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 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.

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

Website | Information | @reelingfilmfest

The mission of Reeling is to recognize the important artistic contributions that lesbian and gay filmmakers have made to our culture; to educate the general population and sensitize them to lesbian and gay issues; to investigate the history of gays and lesbians in film, including the stereotyping that has been a major part of this history; and to counteract this stereotyping with valid, meaningful and diverse portrayals of gays and lesbians.

Chicago Foundation for Women

140 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60603 — Marquette Building, Suite #400

312-577-2801 | @chifdn4women

Chicago Foundation for Women supports the achievement of social justice through grantmaking and advocacy. 

Chicago Women’s Health Center

1025 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

773-935-6126 | @chicagowomenshealthcenter 

Chicago Women's Health Center is a collective of women that includes health workers, counselors, outreach health educators, and doctors who work together to provide health education and affordable, respectful, and accessible gynecological and mental health care to women, trans people, and young people in the Chicago area. In 1975, a group of women healthcare providers and activists formed the health center for women in the community. We are the longest-operating women's health collective in the United States.

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (The Alliance)

The Alliance promotes safety, support, and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth in Illinois schools and communities through advocacy, education, youth organizing, and research. The Alliance was formed when Creating Safe Schools for Illinois (CSSI-formerly GLSEN Chicago) and the Coalition for Education on Sexual Orientation (CESO) joined forces in 2007. (From The Alliance Page of PHIMC).

Equality Illinois

773-477-7173 | 888-434-7888 (toll free)

Equality Illinois builds a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and full acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.  We advance pro-equality public policy, build LGBTQ+ civic power across the state, advocate to get LGBTQ+ people into positions of public leadership, and strengthen the ecosystem of LGBTQ+ led organizations serving our community.

Howard Brown Health Center

773-388-1600 | @howardbrownhealth

Howard Brown Health Center is the premier healthcare organization in the Midwest specializing in the unique medical and psychosocial needs for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

OUT at CHM (Chicago History Museum)

The Chicago History Museum is a platform for community voices that preserve the past and mold the future. To us, Chicago is more than just a city—it is a living historical entity, as dynamic as ever, always inviting exploration.

One of the main directives of the OUT at CHM committee is to tell the stories of people who live a range of sexual identities and gender expressions within the larger urban context of Chicago and to discuss how and why the physical body matters to LGBT history; the evolution of the queer family; the interaction of people in social spaces with political consequences; and the queer body politic, a movement full of promise and struggle.

This popular and provocative series delves into the storied history of Chicago’s LGBTQ communities. (Taken from: Our Story – OUT at CHM).

PRIDE Institute

Opened in 1986 as a direct response to the HIV/AIDs pandemic, Pride Institute has been a leader in helping LGBTQ+ folx recover from substance use disorder, sexual health issues, and mental health conditions. Our staff is trained to be knowledgeable about the unique challenges you face as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. We’ll provide you with a safe space while you find the tools you need to overcome addiction no matter how you identify within the LGBTQ+ community. Pride Institute offers both inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment.

Gay Liberation Network

GLN: Chicago-Area LGBTQA Liberation Network (Facebook)

The Gay Liberation Network is a grassroots organization comprised of LGBTQA activists that fight for social change in the form of immediate action, protests, vigils, etc. The Gay Liberation Network does not believe in single-issued politics and as such, is actively involved in the anti-war movement, movement for immigrant rights and against racism, movement to end the death penalty, etc.

Off-Campus and Community Resources (National)

The Feminist Majority Foundation

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to advancing women's equality, economic development, and empowerment. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists—regardless of gender—are the majority, but this majority must be empowered.

Human Rights Campaign

As America's largest LGBTQ+ organization, the Human Rights Campaign provides a national voice on LGBTQ+ issues. The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ+ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law. We empower our 3 million members and supporters to mobilize against attacks on the most marginalized people in our community.

Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal works at every level of government to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

The National Consortium of LGBT Resources in Higher Education

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals is a member-based organization working towards the liberation of LGBTQ people in higher education. We support individuals who work on campuses to educate and support people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as advocate for more inclusive policies and practices through an intersectional and racial justice framework. (Taken from the Consortium's Mission Page).

CenterLink: The Community of LGBTQ Centers

CenterLink is an international nonprofit organization and member-based association of LGBTQ centers and other LGBTQ organizations serving their local and regional communities. Our mission is to strengthen, support, and connect LGBTQ community centers. We currently have over 325 member LGBTQ centers worldwide providing essential services, promoting growth, wellness, and connectivity in their communities.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)

Founded in 1973, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force was the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement's leading voice for freedom, justice, and equality. The NGLTF works to build the grassroots political strength of our community by training state and local activists and leaders and organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation.

NOW Foundation

The National Organization for Women Foundation (“NOW Foundation”) is a 501(c) (3) organization devoted to achieving full equality for women through education and litigation. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

National Women's Studies Association

NWSA is committed to illuminating the ways in which women’s studies are vital to education; demonstrating the contributions of feminist scholarship that is comparative, global, intersectional and interdisciplinary to understandings of the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences; and promoting synergistic relationships between scholarship, teaching and civic engagement in understandings of culture and society.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & 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. PFLAG ​is the nation's largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.

National AIDS Memorial

The AIDS Memorial Quilt began in 1987 as AIDS and gay rights activists made placards bearing the names of those who died and taped them to a public building resembling a quilt. In October 1987, 2000 panels of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt were displayed for the first time on the Capital Mall in Washington D.C.

Rainbow Families

Rainbow Families supports, educates, and connects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) families, parents, and prospective parents by offering a wide variety of education programs, support groups, opportunities to connect and more.  Rainbow Families is a volunteer led non-profit organization supported by members, community sponsors, private and public grants and foundations. (Taken from Rainbow Families: Our Mission).

Peer Health Exchange

415-891-3815 | @peerhealthexchange

Peer Health Exchange provides young people with the support, resources, education opportunities and digital products needed to make positive healthy decisions the youth choose. To fulfill our mission, we know we must understand the effects of systemic oppression on young people and actively combat this inequality in our work.  To do so, we commit to seeking out and learning from diverse perspectives and identities. We also actively support our staff, young people we work with, board, and community partners to provide culturally responsive learning experiences to the young people with whom we work.