LGBTQ+ Resrouces & Scholarships
The Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (SDMA)
Damen Student Center, Suite #116
6511 N. Sheridan Rd.
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
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 Information
Under Title IX, a federal civil rights law, and the University’s own Comprehensive Policy, Loyola prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity or expression. The University must also follow certain procedures when responding to reports of discrimination and/or sexual misconduct. More information about your rights as a student under Title IX and other civil rights laws can be found at the Office for Equity & Compliance (“OEC”) website: www.luc.edu/equity
To report discrimination or sexual misconduct, please use this online reporting form (powered by Maxient™). Alternatively, contact information for Loyola’s Title IX Coordinator is as follows:
Executive Director for Equity & Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
Office for Equity & Compliance
Granada Center 4th Floor, 6439 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626
office (773) 508-7766, firstname.lastname@example.org
direct (773) 508-3733, email@example.com
Granada Center, 6439 N Sheridan Rd, 3rd floor
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.
Coordinated Assistance & Resource Education (CARE)
Office of the Dean of Students, Damen Student Center Suite 300 firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 773.508.8840
CARE is short for “Coordinated Assistance and Resource Education,” and is a term that signifies one of our core missions.CARE Services can be conducted through formal and informal means. CARE can be offered to students who seek out assistance for themselves or are referred to the DOS for support through a difficult situation or period.
All CARE outreach will be conducted with privacy and sensitivity. At times, information may need to be shared with campus partners outside the Office of the Dean of Students to serve a student’s legitimate interest. However, such sharing of information will be done in consultation with the student and with extreme discretion.
If you are interested in referring a student for services or seeking services for yourself, please use the CARE referral form
Chicagoland LGBTQ+ Resources
Affinity is a not-for-profit grassroots organization that has been serving Chicago's black lesbian and bisexual women's community. 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) http://almachicago.org
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.
Asians & Friends Chicago https://afchicago.org
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.
Broadway Youth Center https://howardbrown.org/service/broadway-youth-center/
The Broadway Youth Center (BYC) of Howard Brown Health is a haven for LGBTQ youth and young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Here they seek refuge and community as well as medical, social and mental health care services, and so much more. All of our services are for youth, ages 12 to 24. BYC sees anyone, regardless of ability to pay. To reach BYC, please call 773.388.1600 ext 9. Located at 4009 N. Broadway, BYC also offers confidential HIV testing and STI screenings for chlamydia/gonorrhea (urine test) with results in one week. Syphilis testing is provided during Health Services Clinic hours (listed below). Need your test results or want to find out if they’re in? Contact one of our health educators at 773.299.7621. No appointments necessary, walk-ins only.
Health Services Clinic Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Noon – 8 pm, last appointment is taken at 7 pm.
Center On Halsted http://centeronhalsted.org
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. 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. .
Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) http://www.chicagomsa.org
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 http://equalityillinois.org
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.
Gerber/Hart Library http://gerberhart.org
Gerber/Hart Library was founded in 1981 to be a depository for the records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender 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 http://howardbrown.org
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.
Invisible to Invincible (i2i) https://www.invisible2invincible.org/
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.
Lambda Legal http://www.lambdalegal.org/mro
Lambda Legal 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.
LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois http://lgbtcc.com
The Illinois 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.
Scholarships & Other Resources/Advice
Individuals within the LGBTQ community are already faced with enough obstacles in their daily lives that they don't need the added stress of figuring out how to pay for a higher education. Through the means of finding 30 scholarships dedicated to supporting the community, we're hoping to alleviate some of that stress. Many scholarships go unapplied each year, which means lots of money goes unused. So make sure you check out these scholarships while you're planning your educational future.
Learning How to Become - Advice for LGBTQ College Students https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/lgbtq-student-resources
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 https://www.chicagohouse.org/translife-care
The Chicago House TransLife Care (TLC) program exists to provide free healthcare and social services to vulnerable individuals who identify themselves as trans, non-binary, or gender expansive. Their programs offer support for housing, legal, medical, sexual health, and employment. We offer three resource drop-in centers on the north, south and west sides of Chicago and provide access to on-site healthcare providers, sexual health screeners, legal counsel, case managers, employment and much more. These drop-in centers give individuals an immediate response to their current needs.
The TLC is designed to provide the most essential support to the trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive communities.
Point Foundation https://pointfoundation.org/
Point Foundation (Point) empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.
Point seeks to build community and springboard a new generation of LGBTQ leaders toward success. Point does this through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training, and is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit.
Point’s work is vital because nearly one-third of LGBTQ students drop out of high school to escape the violence, harassment, and isolation they face there. As a result, many LGBTQ students say they are not planning to pursue opportunities for higher education.
College Guide For LGBTQ Students https://testprepinsight.com/resources/lgbtq-college-guide/
This guide covers all aspects of college life for LGBTQ students, including common challenges, tips for integrating into campus life, and perhaps most importantly, guidance from experts on navigating college relationships.
Other 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.