Family & Legal Resources

Family Resources

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

PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans* persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

Rainbow Families 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. They are committed to protecting the right of LGBTQIA+ people to raise children with love and integrity in a culture of justice, respect and belonging.

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)

COLAGE is an organization offering support and advocacy for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* parents.

Family Acceptance Project

Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention, education, and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* (LGBTQIA+) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness, and HIV—in the context of their families. A research-based, culturally grounded approach is used to help ethnically, socially, and religiously diverse families to support their LGBTQIA+ children.

Legal Resources

Equality Illinois

Equality Illinois' mission is to secure, protect and defend the basic civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the state of Illinois.

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois

TJLP is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination. They serve as a resource for name and gender marker change for Chicago/Cook County residents.

ACLU of Illinois

The ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project works to fight all forms of discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender persons, and individuals affected by AIDS.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans* people, and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)

NGLTF was the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement’s leading voice for freedom, justice, and equality.