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LGBTQ+ Resources

 Within our community, we are fortunate to have various organizations, support groups, and other resources that offer a place to connect. The following are resources for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ and their families. The great thing about resources in our community is that they are accommodating – we have centers that provide education, health services, therapy services, and more whether online, over the phone, or in person. Elliott Counseling Group provides therapy services with counselors with expertise in supporting those within the LGBTQ+ community and their families.

PRIDEFEST 2018

The 9th annual CU Pride and Parade will happen this year September 14-16. Located in Downtown Champaign:

1 E. Main St. Champaign, IL 61820

Stop by and say hi! Elliott Counseling Group will have a vendor booth at the festival from 2-5pm.

Friday, September 14:

Cheers for Queers, TBD

Queer Dance Party 9pm-2am

Saturday, September 15:

Festival and Vendor area 2pm-7pm

Queer & Trans Clothing Exchange at the Orpheum Children's Museum 2-5pm

Talks and Panels at Big Grove 2-5pm

  • 2 pm talks/panels includes: Biblical Self-Defense Workshop, Getting to Zero, & Advocacy and Policy: How to Create Change

  • 3:30 pm talk/panels includes: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Meridian (trauma-informed communities), and Bisexual & Pansexual Meet & Greet

Parade through downtown Champaign 5pm

Official Evening Party 8pm-2am

Teen Event at the Orpheum Children's Museum at 7pm

Sunday, September 16:

Drag Brunch Noon-3pm

Volunteer Appreciation 5-7pm

Pride After Party 5-10pm

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is to foster an environment that is open, safe, and inclusive for people of all sexualities and gender identities. The Center is a resource not only for the LGBT community but for the entire University of Illinois community. The LGBT Resource Center seeks to help in the efforts to address homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexist attitudes and beliefs on the campus, and to work to make the environment safe and affirming for all students, faculty, staff, and LGBT students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois in particular.

Link to their website.

Room 323 (3rd Floor) of the Illini Union
1401 W. Green Street
(217) 244-8863
lgbtrc@illinois.edu

Link to their Facebook page.

GalUP

A women’s group that meets to discuss unique challenges faced by women in the LGBTQ+ community. GalUP is inclusive of all female-bodies women, transgender women, or female-presenting non-binary individuals.

Contact

(217) 922-0095
info@unitingpride.org

Date & Time

The last Wednesday of every month
6:00pm-7:30pm

Location

Champaign Public Library
200 W. Green St.
Champaign, IL 61820

Talk it UP

A peer-run LGBTQ support and social group for middle and high school youth. LGBTQ youth can expect an atmosphere of acceptance and support while meeting other LGBTQ youth. The group is co-facilitated by two adults experienced in working with youth; however, the youth participants lead the group! 

Contact: youth@unitingpride.org

Date & Time: Mondays from 6pm to 8pm

Location:
"Rainbow Room" Located in
the Lower Level of the
University YMCA
1001 S. Wright St.
Champaign, IL 61820

For more information, click here.

Parkland PRIDE

A student group that encourages collaboration, fellowship, and awareness regarding the spectrum of sexual and gender identities and embraces membership from students of all affinities.

Link to their Facebook page.

Greater Community AIDS Project (GCAP)

Educational programs on HIV/AIDS prevention and support services for people living with AIDS.

Link to their website.

Call (217) 351-2437 or email info@gcapnow.com for assistance.

The UP (Uniting Pride) Center of Champaign County

A multi-service agency, for youth and adults, with a purpose to support and promote human care, education, and community-building activities directed at furthering the well-being and development of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and ally community of Champaign County.

Link to their website.

"Rainbow Room" Located in
the Lower Level of the
University YMCA
1001 S. Wright St.
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 992-0095

The UP Center Library

UParent

A support, social, and educational group for parents of LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming children. This is a welcoming space for any parent or guardian who wants to learn more about how to support and understand their children. Parents and guardians of children of any age are welcome.

Contact: Staci Poe

Email: staci@unitingpride.org

Date & Time:
1st Thursday of every month
6:00pm-7:30pm

Location:
Urbana Free Library

Conference Room
210 W Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801


For more information, click here.

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance

The mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) 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.

Link to their website.

Champaign Urbana Public Health District

LGBT-friendly sexual health services. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District offers free, anonymous HIV testing and counseling, prevention services for HIV/STD’s, safer sex information and materials. Men who have sex with men and identify as such may qualify for the 20-minute rapid HIV test. Call for an appointment. Free condoms, lubricant and other safer sex items are available as well as a LGBT-friendly lending library.

Link to their website.

201 W Kenyon Rd, Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 352-7961

Elliott Counseling Group

Here at Elliott Counseling Group, we have been serving individuals, couples and families in the community since 2002, addressing the entire range of emotional and mental health issues. In addition to providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy, we provide many additional services. We currently employ a select group of the best and most well-regarded therapists in the community, bringing diversity in personal characteristics and culture, in style and orientation, and in experience and areas of specialization. Listed below are therapists that specialize in the issues faced by individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ and their families.

Molly McLay, LCSW
Lorin Stelly, LCPC
Nicole Epperson, LCPC
Olga Naroditskaya, LSW
Kevin Shepherd, LCSW

Center on Halsted LGBTQ Violence Resource Line
(773) 871-CARE (2273)

State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline
1-800-AID-AIDS (243.2437)
1-800-782-0423 (TTY)
8 am to 10 pm every day
773-661-0910 (HIV Testing & Prevention Program)

The Trevor Helpline: Helpline for LGBTQ Youth
1-866-4UTREVOR (1-866-488-7386)

Trans Lifeline: Helpline specifically for trans youth & staffed by trans individuals
1-877-565-8860

Amasong: C-U’s Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus

Amasong is an award-winning amateur chorus with an enthusiastic local following. They perform folkloric, women-oriented, and classical music. Amasong provides an opportunity for lesbians and feminist women to gather together in the pursuit of choral excellence. They accept self-identified women at varying levels of experience and ability.

Link to their website.

Email office@amasong.org for more information.

To audition email director@amasong.org  and tell them a bit about yourself.

Auditions are held in August and January.