LGBTQIA Students

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Columbia Pride

Activism, Community, Individuality

Columbia Pride is a student lead group that creates an inclusive community with a LGBTQIA+ focus where all members are welcomed, respected, and affirmed in a safe space. CG invites all of those in our space to express their full authentic selves. The overarching goal is to promote the exploration of intersectionality through accessible education, activism, and support. Common Ground is a space for celebration and a space for change.

Want to get involved?

Weekly meeting:

Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Multicultural Affairs
618 S Michigan Ave, 4th Floor

 

Queer &

Queer & provides a space for students, staff, and faculty to learn about the racial and cultural intersections within queer communities. 

Our weekly meetings are on Friday from 2:00pm - 4:00pm in the MCA office located at 618 S. Michigan Ave. 4th floor.

Executive Director

Joyce Guo

 

Creative Director

Jay Goebel

 

Financial Director

Jude Valentin

 

Primary SOC Representative

Jude Valentin

 

Secondary SOC Representative

Joyce Guo

 

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Help Resources

The Trevor Project
The sole national organization with a 24-hour hotline focused on suicide prevention among LGBTQIA youth.
866-4U-TREVOR

Counseling Services
731 S Plymouth Ct, Ste 112
312-369-8700
counselingservices@colum.edu

Trans LifeLine
Trans LifeLIne is a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people, ready to respond to whatever support need members of our community might have.
877-565-8860

Call the Student Health and Support Intervention Team when you observe or speak to a student who is experiencing emotional distress and is in need of immediate attention, for example:

  • a student talking about not being around or giving possessions away
  • a student expressing self-destructive or homicidal ideation, either verbally or in writing
  • or a student expressing feelings of hopelessness

312-369-8595 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
312-369-1111 (after 5 p.m.)

HIV Resources

Chicago H.E.L.P.

If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with HIV or a STD, you probably have many questions about how this can affect your life. Chicago H.E.L.P. offers telephone education, support and resources about STDs. Remember, you can call anytime, and you are NOT alone! Learn more from a trained professional and talk with people who have been through this before jumping to conclusions. This agency is here to HELP!

312.810.8132 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

For general questions or referrals to local testing sites, call the Illinois AIDS/HIV and STD hotline at 1.800.AID.AIDS. This is a free and anonymous HIV & STD hotline providing callers with the most up-to-date, medically-accurate information on AIDS/HIV and sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), emotional support, and state-wide referrals for healthcare and social services related to AIDS/HIV and STDs.

National HIV/STD Testing Resources

Community Resources

Community Based Organizations

Affinity1424-28 E. 53rd Street, Suite 306 Chicago, IL 60615
773.324.0377
http://affinity95.org/
Community based organization in the south side of Chicago that provides space for peer led support groups, community forums and public policy initiatives for queer and transgender people of color.  HIV walk-in testing on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 2-6pm.
HIV Testing
Community Support Group
Community Events
Policy and Advocacy

Broadway Youth Center
4025 N. Sheridan Road
773.935.3151
http://www.howardbrown.org
BYC offers workshops and presentations with the goal of HIV/STI prevention for young people. These workshops include topics of sexual/reproductive health, safer sex, healthy relationships, self-esteem, transgender 101, how to be an ally and more.

HIV/STI Testing
Health Services Clinic
Counseling
Community Support Group
Community Events
Employment/Career
Crisis/Suicide Prevention

GenderQueer Chicago
http://genderqueerchicago.blogspot.com/
genderqueerchicago@gmail.com
GenderQueer Chicago is a grassroots, peer-led group that works to create safe spaces for all of us to talk about, think about, explore, and express gender.
Community Events
Community Support Group

Man Cave-at the Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted St
773.472.6469
http://www.centeronhalsted.org/
A peer discussion and meeting group for masculine-identified Trans* or questioning Trans masculine individuals. This group is designed to be a safe space for the masculine identified community. While we love people who are learning, this group is not open to for study or individuals seeking information for professional capacities.
Meeting details: First and Third Fridays of each month, beginning at 6:30pm

Community Support Group

T-Time Transgender & Intersex Support GroupHoward Brown Health Center
4025 N Sheridan Road
http://www.howardbrown.org
T-Time is an open group for transgender, gender variant, two-spirit, gender non-conforming, intersex, and gender questioning individuals.
Meet 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Myles Brady at MylesB@howardbrown.org.
Community Support Group

ALMA (Association of Latino Men for Action)
3656 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-234-5591
Email: info@almachicago.org
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.
Community Events

Asians and Friends Chicago
http://afchicago.org/blog/
webmaster@afchicago.org.
The purpose of Asians & Friends Chicago (AFC) is to bring together gay people who are interested in developing a greater understanding of the culture of Asians and Asian-Americans and in developing friendships through social, cultural and educational activities.
Community Events

Chicago i2i
http://www.chicagoi2i.org/
Founded in 2005, Invisible to Invincible ("i2i") is a community-based organization that celebrates and affirms Asians & Pacific Islanders who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Queer in the Chicago area.
Community Events
Policy and Advocacy

Center on Halsted
3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 472-6469
http://www.centeronhalsted.org/
Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood.
State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline 1.800.AID.AIDS (243.2437)
Free HIV Testing by appointment 7 days a week 773.661.0910 Free HIV testing on a walk-in basis Wednesdays from 4:00–8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
HIV testing
Mental Health/Counseling
Community Support Group
Policy and Advocacy
Community Events
Employment/Career

TransLife Line
(877) 565-8860
http://www.translifeline.org/
Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.
Crisis/Suicide Prevention

The Trevor Project
(866) 488-7386
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Crisis/Suicide Prevention
Community Resources/Education

Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA)
3023 North Clark Street, #806
Chicago, Illinois 60657-5205
info@chicagomsa.com
www.chicagomsa.com

The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association 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. CMSA offers teams sports in: Badminton, billiards, bowling, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball.
Community Events

TransLife Center
1925 North Clybourn Avenue #401,
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-5200
http://www.chicagohouse.org/
Chicago House and Social Service agency serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, legal services and other supportive programs.
HIV testing
Health/Clinic Services
Mental Health/Counseling
Hormone Therapy
Community Support Group
Policy and Advocacy
Legal - Name Change Support
Employment/Career
Community Resources/Education

VIDA/SIDA
2640 W Division St, Chicago, Illinois
(773) 278-6737
http://vidasida.tumblr.com/
The mission of Vida/SIDA, a project of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center is to educate, advocate and empower Chicago’s Latin@ community by promoting culturally responsive health care/resources that enable health affirming behaviors and attitudes.
HIV testing
Health/Clinic Services
Mental Health/Counseling
Community Support Group
Community Events

Policy & Advocacy
Transformative Justice Law Project
Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois
4707 N. Broadway, Suite 307
Chicago, IL 60640
773.272.1822
http://tjlp.org/
TJLP is a group of radical activists, social workers, and organizers who provide support, advocacy, and free, holistic advocacy and criminal legal services to poor and street-based transgender people in Illinois.
Policy and Advocacy
Legal - Name Change Support
Community Resources/Education

Civil Rights Agenda
2129 North Western Avenue
Chicago Illinois 60647
773 235 8852
http://jointcra.org/
info@jointcra.org
The Civil Rights Agenda is an Illinois statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization and political organizations established to continue the fight for equal rights and guarantee equal protection and treatment for all.
Policy and Advocacy

Equality Illinois
17 N. State St.
Suite 1020
Chicago, IL 60602
773-477-7173
http://www.equalityillinois.us/
Equality Illinois builds a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy and protection of the rights of the LGBT community.
Policy and Advocacy
Community Events
Legal - Name Change Support
Employment/Career
Crisis/Suicide Prevention

Illinois Safe School Alliance
70 E Lake Street
Suite 900
Chicago IL
(312) 368-9070
www.illinoissafeschools.org
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.

Policy and Advocacy
Community Events
Community Resources/Education
Health and Wellness


HBHC – Howard Brown Health Center
4025 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60613
773.388.1600
www.howardbrown.org/
Howard Brown Health Center exists to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.
HIV/STI testing
Health/Clinic Services
Mental Health/Counseling
Hormone Therapy
Community Support Groups
Community Events
Community Resources/Education

SAGE Community Health Collective
2514 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: 312-582-4458
sagecommunityhealth@gmail.com
www.sagecommunityhealth.org
The mission of Sage Community Health Collective is to create a non-hierarchical worker owned collective committed to community wellness; to challenge systemic health disparities and the traditional patient/practitioner dynamic; to provide affordable, accessible, trauma-informed and harm-reductionist healing services including acupuncture, herbs, bodywork, and nutritional counseling and to facilitate the pursuit of community and individual wellness via workshops and skillshares in partnership with community members, activists, and freedom fighters
Health/Clinic Services
Community Support Groups
Community Events

AIDS Foundation Chicago
200 W Jackson Blvd.Suite 2100 Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-922-2322
info@aidschicago.org
http://www.aidschicago.org/

The mission of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS and improve the lives of people affected by the epidemic. Founded in 1985 by community activists and physicians, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is a local and national leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Policy and Advocacy
Community Resources/Education

Community Events
Dyke March Chicago
https://chicagodykemarch.wordpress.com/
Chicago Dyke March Collective is a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience.
Community Events

PrideFest
http://chicagopride.gopride.com/
Chicago Pride Weekend consists of a two-day festival and our world-famous parade.
The two-day festival takes place along Chicago's famed Halsted strip on Saturday, June 20, 2015 and Sunday, June 21, 2015.
Community Events

United Latino Pride
http://www.unitedlatinopride.org/
United Latin@ Pride is organized as a community of Latin@ LGBTQQIA individuals supporting and connecting initiatives that work to create awareness and celebrate the plurality of our identities.
Community Events

Arts & Media

About Face Theatre
Address: 5252 North Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 784-8565
http://aboutfacetheatre.com/
Working within and beyond the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, About Face Theatre is committed to innovation, artistic excellence and community transformation.
Arts, Media or Literature
Community Events

E3 Radio
http://www.e3radio.org/
E3 Radio produces authentically-edgy radio streams to educate, empower, and entertain. By blending talk and independent music we are the new age NPR.
Arts, Media or Literature
Community Events

Reeling Film Fest
http://chicagofilmmakers.org
773 293 1447
Reeling is the second longest-running LGBT film festival in the US, and showcases the best independent LGBT films from around the world.
From award-winning international feature films to social documentaries to experimental shorts, Reeling has always presented a range of genres that demonstrate the rich diversity of work being produced. Not only has Reeling become one of the most important cultural events for Chicagoans, it also attracts LGBT people from throughout the Midwest who consider the festival to be the highlight of their cinematic year.
Arts, Media or Literature
Community Events


Pride Films and Plays
http://pridefilmsandplays.com
Pride Films and Plays (PFP Films) was founded in 2010 to change lives by improving the quality of LGBT theater and film for this generation and those to come. Utilizing stories with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters or themes, we create powerful theatrics and films that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences.
Community Events
Arts, Media or Literature

Lakeside Pride Musical Ensembles
http://www.lakesidepride.org/
Our annual appearances and performances help the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community connect to diverse audiences everywhere through music. Each year, our ensembles reach more than one million people.
Community Events
Arts, Media or Literature

Windy City Gay Chorus
Windy City Performing Arts, Inc.
3023 N. Clark Street, #329
Chicago IL 60657
773 404 9242
www.windycitysings.org
Windy City Gay Chorus endeavours to be an exceptional men’s chorus with a reputation for performing outstanding music of a  variety of styles. We seek to support, empower, represent and challenge the gay and lesbian community as a whole through our excellence in music, our commitment to equality and justice for all people and through the portrayal of our lives.
Community Events
Arts, Media or Literature

Chances Dances - Artists’ Micro Grants
http://www.chancesdances.org/
Chances dances is a queer dance party and collective dedicated to building safer spaces in Chicago since 2005. Chances is our original dance party, bringing together the varied LGBTIQ communities of Chicago through performance, outreach, and WERQ. All Chances parties recognize the power of consent, welcome all gender expressions, and feature gender neutral bathrooms.
Artists’s grants are also available through Chances Dances.
Community Events
Arts, Media or Literature

Chicago Artist Resource
http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/
An extensive list of resources including artist residencies and grants by artists for artists.
Arts, Media or Literature

The Gay Agenda
http://www.theagendalive.com
Chicago based online talk show in which a panel of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists critique mainstream notions of gay identity and the LGBT movement, and discuss what it means to be a part of the queer community.
Arts, Media or Literature

WCT
http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/
Windy City Media Group serves the diverse communication needs of the LGBTQ community. It produces Windy City Times, Chicago's only weekly LGBT newspaper, as well as Nightspots, a biweekly club guide, Windy City Queercast radio plus video content online.
Arts, Media or Literature
Youth Empowerment Performance Project
http://www.wesayyepp.com/
The mission of YEPP is to seek a safe environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer youth experiencing homelessness to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and to celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance piece.
Community Events
Arts, Media or Literature

Queer Film Society
1709 N. Albany Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
http://queerfilmsociety.org/
The Queer Film Society (QFS) is a consortium of LGBT film critics, historians, artists, and scholars dedicated to the exploration and celebration of queer images in world cinema.
Community Events
Arts, Media or Literature

3rd Language
3rdlanguageinfo@gmail.com
http://www.3rdlanguage.com/
A Chicago-based collective of artists and thinkers interested in exploring and embracing difference, otherness and transgression. Third Language curates, prints and distributes a quarterly publication around a central theme that explores queerness, queer thought and queer work. Third Language also hosts workshops designed specifically for queer artists of color.
Community Events
Arts, Media or Literature

Homolatte
www.homolatte.com
HOMOLATTE is a twice-a-month, all-ages, queer music and spoken word series in Chicago. It happens on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm at BIG CHICKS / TWEET 5024 N SHERIDAN 773-728-5511 Free parking in back (through alley). Free admission / pass the hat for the artists.
Community Events
Arts, Media or Literature

Quare Square Collective
www.quare2collective.org
Quare Square began in May 2013 as a monthly open mic for queer women of color and allies on the heels of its predecessor, POWWOW, Inc's departure from hosting a weekly open mic for black lesbians. Held on Chicago's predominantly black southside at one of the city's oldest gay bars, it has quickly become a support network for queer artists of color who often feel isolated from the larger queer community and events on the city's north side. Chicago remains one of the most racially-segregated U.S. cities and nowhere is this more evident than in its LGBTQ community.
Community Events
Arts, Media or Literature

Community Resources in the Case of Violence or Crisis: 
Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Search for nearby rape crisis centers - Columbia College Zip code: 60605)
http://www.icasa.org/crisisCenters.aspx?PageID=501

LGBTQ Specific Resources in Chicago for Sexual Assault and Violence:
Center on Halsted LGBTQ Violence Resource Line: 773.871.CARE (2273) M-F Regular Business Hrs or at violence-resource@centeronhalsted.org

Howard Brown Violence Recovery Project:
http://howardbrown.org/hb_services.asp?id=31

Chicagoland LGBT Services Directory: (This is a great resource of a lot of services in Chicago)
http://chicagolgbtservices.org/placecategory/legal/

Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago
http://bqachicago.org/
It is BQAC’s mission to educate, empower, and provide resources for bisexual and queer persons. We aim to do this by directly educating the bisexual and queer communities along with the general public, creating awareness of bisexual and queer issues, amassing and disseminating resources and information, and through charitable acts to the bisexual and queer community.

Student Code of Conduct and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure (Title IX)

Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure (Title IX)
If you are seeking help in the case of sexual misconduct please refer to these resources for help, support, and information on reporting. 

Student Code of Conduct
If you are seeking help in the case of harassment, discrimination, physical assault, or any other disruptive behavior among the Columbia College Community, please refer to these resources for information on reporting and your student rights and responsibilities. 

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