Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

LGBTQIA Resources

The Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (SDMA)
Damen Student Center, Suite #116
6511 N. Sheridan Rd.
Phone: 773.508.3909
Contact: diversity@luc.edu

SDMA not only offers all of the programs and initiatives listed on this website, but we also serve as a hub for students to support them at the institution.

Loyola Non-Emergency Sexual Assault Advocacy Line
Phone: 773.494.3810

Advocates are available to respond to student survivors of sexual assault via a hotline number to provide empathetic support and options after a sexual assault. Loyola advocates can provide support over the phone or in person.

Available support includes:

  • Referrals to counseling and other supportive services on campus and in the community
  • Education about medical options and procedures, including evidence collection
  • Information about and referrals to legal advocacy
  • Assistance in reporting an assault to Campus Safety, if you choose
  • Support and advocacy in navigating Loyola’s conduct system, if you choose
  • Assistance for significant others and friends of victims of sexual assault

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Jessica Landis

Phone: 773.508.8840

Wellness Center
Granada Center, 6439 N Sheridan Rd, 3rd floor
Phone: 773.508.2188

The Wellness Center offers free, confidential short term counseling as well as referrals to off-campus providers. Free to low cost medical services are also available, including non-emergency exams for physical injuries, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy.

Chicagoland LGBTQIA Resources


Affinity is a not-for-profit grassroots organization that has been serving Chicago's black lesbian and bisexual women's community for 14 years. Building upon the dedication of the founding  members, Affinity has expanded into an institution that serves the entire Chicagoland and surrounding community. Historical elements of our work evolved out of Affinity's need to provide visibility, empowerment, and leadership for black lesbians.

ALMA (Association of Latino Men for Action)

The Association of Latino Men for Action (ALMA) is an educational, social, advocacy, and support group for gay, bisexual, or questioning men. For over a decade, ALMA has nurtured a group identity based on the experiences of gay Latino men and has become an important voice on social and political issues both locally and nationally.

Amigas Latinas


Amigas Latinas is a support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, bisexual and questioning women of Latina heritage that provide a safe environment and offers opportunities to gather, celebrate and explore their identities and potential as women who love women.

Asians and Friends Chicago

Founded in 1984 to bring together gay people interested in developing a greater understanding of Asian cultures and in developing friendships through social, cultural and educational activities, Asians & Friends Chicago continues to offer opportunities to meet people and make friends in Chicago and beyond.

Invisible to Invincible

Invisible to Invincible (i2i): Asian & Pacific Islander Pride of  Chicago is a community-based organization that celebrates and affirms Asian/Pacific Islanders who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning or Queer in the Chicago area.

Broadway Youth Center

The Broadway Youth Center is a program of Howard Brown and our community partners, offering comprehensive services to all youth, 24 and under. The Broadway Youth Center is located at 3179 N. Broadway, near the intersection of Broadway and Belmont, and is open Monday–Thursday from 1-8 p.m., Friday from 1–9 p.m., and Saturday from 1–3 p.m. All services are first-come, first served. Please note, the BYC does not open for services on the First Friday of each month until 5 p.m. and is closed on Holidays.

Center on Halsted

As the most comprehensive LGBT community center in the Midwest, the Center on Halsted serves as a catalyst for the LGBT community that links and provides community resources and enriches life experiences. Center on Halsted has become an exciting and highly visible symbol for the LGBT community of Chicago, serving diverse social, recreational, cultural, and social service needs of youth and adults in a safe, inviting and nurturing environment. It has office and meeting space for community organizations, drop-in space for youth and for older adults, gallery space, cultural programming and recreational space including basketball and volleyball courts along with parking, ground level retail and a rooftop memorial garden.  The Center offers support networks and programming to meet the cultural, emotional, social, educational and recreational needs of the LGBT community and friends. Current services include support groups for youth and seniors, mental health services, an info line for LGBT individuals and a hotline for HIV and STD concerns, prevention, treatment, and advocacy related to domestic violence, community technology center providing internet access and technology training and a range of life-enrichment programs. The Center on Halsted also houses a number of organizations serving Chicago’s LGBT community. Currently, numerous cultural, recreational and advocacy organizations that serve the LGBT community are Resident Community Partners at the Center, which acts as an incubator providing operational support and room for collaboration to the diverse community of nonprofit organizations that may otherwise find it difficult to interact.

Soy Quien Soy Trans* Empowerment Collective

SoyQuien Soy is a grassroots collective of trans* individuals from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. They meet bi-monthly in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Allies are welcome.

Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

The Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce seeks to develop, educate, support, and promote diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender businesses as well as our supportive businesses.

Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA)

The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) is the largest not-for-profit gay and lesbian sports organization in the Midwest. We offer recreational and competitive level play in a variety of athletic leagues throughout the year. The league is open to all persons who wish to play, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.

Equality Illinois

The Mission of Equality Illinois is to secure, protect and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois. Equality Illinois envisions a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Gender Just

Gender JUST (Gender Justice United for Societal Transformation) is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational grassroots organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allied (LGBTQA) young people, LGBTQA people of color, and  LGBTQA grassroots folks developing leadership and building power through organizing.  The goals of Gender JUST are to hold LGBTQA communities accountable around race, class, gender, age, religion, disability, size, and all factors necessary for a multi-dimensional and powerful movement & to move the LGBTQA struggles forward by organizing through a racial, economic, and gender justice  framework.  Gender JUST organizes around the call for a world where all races, classes, sexual orientations, and gender identities are free to express their gender and sexuality, without institutional barriers, economic or legal consequences, or fear of repercussion.

As the struggle for racial justice, economic justice, and gender justice are intricately connected, Gender JUST believes that you cannot fight against sexual and gender oppression without fighting against racism, poverty, and all oppression. Because of this, it is especially important for Gender JUST to fight against racism, classism, sexism, ageism, ableism, and sizeism within LGBTQIA communities.

Gerber/Hart Library

Gerber/Hart Library was founded in 1981 to be a depository for the records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) individuals and organizations, and for other resources bearing upon their lives and experiences in American society. Gerber/Hart Library has since grown into being the Midwest's largest LGBT circulating library with over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections.

Howard Brown Health Center

Founded in 1974, Howard Brown is now one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations. With an annual budget of over $15 million, the agency serves more than 28,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around seven major programmatic divisions: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives. Howard Brown is a multi-site operation based in Chicago and includes a main health and research center in the Uptown neighborhood, Triad Health practice at Illinois Masonic Hospital, the Broadway Youth Center, and three Brown Elephant resale shops in Chicago and Oak Park.

Lambda Legal

LambdaLegal is the first national lesbian and gay organization with an office in the Midwest. The Midwest Regional Office (MRO) opened in Chicago in June 1993. Since then, Lambda Legal’s MRO has made a special commitment to litigation and education throughout its ten state region.


Resources and Expert Advice for LGBTQ College Students


The first is a comprehensive guide created for LGBTQ students, allies, and other community members. It offers tips for knowing if a college is LGBTQ friendly and highlights the schools going above and beyond to welcome these students. It also explains the Campus Pride Index and includes an interview with Gary Howell, a staff member at Argosy University who works with AU Tampa’s Campus Pride group.

TransLife Chicago


Chicago House’s newest program, the TransLife Center (TLC) officially launched in 2013.  The TLC provides comprehensive programming and support to transgender individuals.   

Resources for Transgender College Students

https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/transgender-student-support/This guide includes scholarships specific to the trans community, describes how to find a transgender-friendly college and provides a directory for additional resources to help with academic and extracurricular success.

College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students


This guide focuses on scholarships and financial aid available to LGBTQ college students. It's not only a list of funding opportunities -- there are tips on, for example, how to navigate applying to financial aid before coming out to family or if family is not supportive.

Call for Participants for Research Project on the Partners of Trans People

Are you a partner of a trans* or gender variant person? Have you been in the relationship for at least 6 months? Has your partner come out or transitioned in some way during your relationship, including coming out as trans to you or to others, starting to live in their preferred gender part-time or full-time, starting hormones, or having a gender-related surgery during your relationship? If you answered ‘yes’ to the questions above, I am interested in interviewing you about your experiences. I am particularly interested in interviewing people of color and/or people in an interracial relationship. The interview will involve questions about your experiences being in a relationship with someone who is transgender or gender variant and is expected to last from 1 to 3 hours. Please contact me, Carey Jean Sojka, at csojka@albany.edu or 541.552.6750 for more information. I am a doctoral candidate at the University at Albany, SUNY, and the partner of a publicly out trans guy.

This project has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University at Albany. Questions concerning your rights as a participant in this research may be addressed to University at Albany Office of Regulatory & Research Compliance at 866.857.5459 or hsconcerns@albany.edu.