For the youth looking to become more self-aware:
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60613
Center on Halsted offers a safe and comfortable setting for the youth in the LGBT community. Services are offered to youth ages 13-24 for both people who may be questioning their sexuality or have already come to terms with it, and the people who support them. Take part in programs such as after-school programming, Breakfast Club for Young Adults, Youth Leadership Council and so much more. The counselors, staff, interns and volunteers at Center on Halsted are dedicated to empowering youth and committed to helping them reach their full potential.
For persons seeking counseling:
IntraSpectrum Counseling, Ltd.
180 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1040
Chicago, IL 60601
The staff at IntraSpectrum Counseling is specialized in working with the LGBT community. Their aim is to provide a calm, therapeutic environment for all clients. No one wants to feel like they are sitting in an interrogation room when seeking mental or emotional support and guidance. These professionals offer counseling services for individuals, couples, groups and families to show that they not only help the person trying to accept and embrace themselves, but also wish to help the people in their lives. Visit alone or take part in one of the group sessions offered. Check out the website for more information.
For the student in college:
Office of LGBTQ Student Life
5710 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
A good example of support for the LGBT student is the Office of LGBTQ Student Life provided by the University of Chicago. Support efforts began in 1969 with the founding of Chicago’s first gay liberation organization. Over the years, changes and additions have been made to the program, including a name change, however the efforts and support are just as strong if not stronger. Visit its website or office in person to partake in all of the informational opportunities offered. And if you are not a student at the University of Chicago, be sure to check out any resources your school may provide.
For the person dealing with things a little more traumatic:
Live Oak Chicago
1300 W Belmont Ave, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60657
The counselors at Live Oak Chicago are specialized in helping people cope with things that may need more than just talking. They offer workshops and skill groups for trauma survivors. These workshops are designed for self-exploring and learning how to deal with the physical self, along with finding the ability to open up to others. Live Oak Chicago also offers other programs such as the Creative Process Workshop, so not only will you be working on yourself as a person, but also helping to explore and enhance other skill sets.
For the person looking for something active to do:
P.O. Box 13470
Chicago, IL 60613
A member of the Federation of Gay Games, Team Chicago is an online resource that offers an extensive list of LGBT teams, groups and events throughout Chicago. If you’re looking to work out, play a sport or just learn a few new talents or skills, Team Chicago has the information you need. Originally focusing its efforts on sports through the Rainbow Project, it has expanded efforts to include an array of cultural events happening throughout the LGBT community. Use this resource as a way to get active and connect with other people in the LGBT community.
Jessica Cage is a freelance writer from Chicago. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.