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Community and National Resources

QC LGBTQ+ Events

For local LGBTQ+ events visit https://visitquadcities.com/events/events-calendar and sort by category!

The Project of the QC

Addresses social determinants of health in conjunction with medical & mental health services. Here to improve the health equity of the communities served. Operates in Integrated Care Teams (mental health, social work, medical services, and benefits coordination). Offers mental health provider certified by International Transgender Certification Association

https://www.tpqc.org/

University of Iowa LGBTQ Clinic

UI Health Care's LGBTQ Clinic serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning community. 
Every member of our clinic staff has had LGBTQ-specific cultural humility training. Patients with disabilities and non-English speakers are welcome. Our clinic provides full-service health care to meet the LGBTQ health care needs

https://uihc.org/lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer-and-questioning-lgbtq-clinic

SAGE

SAGE stands proudly with the LGBTQ+ pioneers across the country who’ve been fighting for decades for their right to live with dignity and respect. We are excited to work with the current administration and key staff in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco, plus our nationwide network of affiliates, to advocate for LGBTQ+ older people at the federal, state, and local levels.

https://www.sageusa.org/

Lavender Legal Center

Lavender provides direct representation, advocacy, and referrals, with a priority for serving those with low income and our LGTBQ youth. We strive to provide a safe space for everyone in the LGBTQ community to access legal representation and related advocacy. Lavender is here to make sure that to the extent possible, the legal system does not serve as a barrier to those in the LGBTQ community.

https://www.lavenderlegalcenter.org/

The LGBTQ Wealth Gap

LGBTQ people and communities suffer from a wealth gap: they have less earnings and wealth than their non-LGBTQ peers because of discrimination in earnings, a lack of quality information, public policies that do not address their needs, and discrimination in the marketplace for goods and services.

https://lgbtq-economics.org/issues/

GLAAD

GLAAD is an American non-governmental media monitoring organization, founded as a protest against defamatory coverage of gay and lesbian people. Its agenda has since extended to LGBT and the entertainment industry and its portrayal of these groups.

https://www.glaad.org/

bisexual.org

Created in 1996 as bisexual.org, this website began with the simple goal of letting bi people know that they are not alone. When we first launched, there were virtually no online resources for the bi community and the few resources that were available were hard to find, highly sexualized, or catered to niche audiences. Since those early years we have grown into a huge global community. 

https://bi.org/en

Men Having Babies

Men Having Babies, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that was spun off in July 2012 from a program that ran at the NYC LGBT Center since 2005. It started as a peer support network for biological gay fathers and fathers-to-be, offering monthly workshops and an annual seminar.

https://www.menhavingbabies.org/

Gender Justice

TRANS & LGBQ LIBERATION
Everyone, no matter who they love or how they identify, deserves to feel safe and supported in their community. We strive for a world where every person can live freely and safely as their true selves, no matter the beliefs of the people around them.

https://www.genderjustice.us/our-work/?category=trans-lgbq-liberation/

Humankind Clothing

We make swimwear and apparel for every body, helping you feel comfortable and confident from land to sea.

https://www.humankindclothing.com/

FreeWill

National LGBTQ Task Force - Our will to mobilize grassroots power has created a path to a more equitable world where queer people can thrive as their full, authentic selves.
 
https://www.freewill.com/lgbtqtaskforce?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=eblast&utm_campaign=202308_lgbtqtaskforce_mawm_soft_way 

LGBTQ Relationship Center of Iowa

The LGBTQ Relationship Center of Iowa provides:

  • Peer consultation for mental health providers

  •  Supervision for therapists in training interested in specializing in work with the LGBTQ community

  •  Psychotherapy services for individuals, couples/polyamorous partnerships, families, and groups (in-person, telehealth, and walk-and-talk outdoor therapy)

  •  Consultations with area businesses, organizations, and schools

  • Community presentations and education


https://lgbtqrelationshipcenterofiowa.com/resources/category/iowa-resources.html

Addiction Center

LGBTQ-specific treatment centers are sensitive to the needs of the LGBTQ community and address any underlying elements that may have caused an addiction. 

https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/lgbtq/

The LGBTQ+ Guide to Online Safety

We at vpnMentor conducted a survey in which we asked LGBTQ+ people worldwide about their experiences online as they relate to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The results – referenced throughout this article – illuminated the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.

https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/lgbtq-guide-online-safety/

interACT and NCTE have put this kit together for organizations and communities to better uplift and educate the importance of intersex issues and trans-intersex solidarity.  Within the kit you will find a comprehensive document covering messaging for some of the most pressing issues that face intersex and trans communities, as well as bite-size one-pagers. In the future, there will be more content, including graphics.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1H2jFkzv_-_2tQICyZzLdSXra7O-ca-nP?emci=d0a55ba4-29d5-ee11-85f9-002248223794&emdi=8a74b1a1-7ed5-ee11-85f9-002248223794&ceid=9998606

Heidari Law Group

This article will dive into everything you need to know about coming out at work. Whether you are considering coming out, have already done so, or want to support LGBTQ+ colleagues, you must understand your rights. We aim to equip you with the knowledge to navigate the workplace confidently and proudly. 

https://www.heidarilawgroup.com/blog/coming-out-at-work/

Northern Illinois Recovery Center

At NIR, our LGBTQ addiction treatment programs in Illinois are a breath of fresh air for anybody struggling with substance abuse within the community. Personal lifestyles and sexual orientation are irrelevant here. All that matters is getting the treatment you’ve been longing for. Your needs and your recovery come first at all of our recovery centers. Here is all the information you need on addiction and LGBTQ drug rehab programs in the Northern Illinois region.

https://www.northernillinoisrecovery.com/programs/lgbtq/

Clock, INC

Clock, Inc’s purpose is to provide a non-judgmental, safe, and reliable community center for LGBT+ individuals to reduce any feelings of discrimination or isolation. Offers inclusive mental health care.

https://www.clockinc.org/

Planned Parenthood

At Planned Parenthood our mission is to ensure all people have access to the care and resources they need to make informed decisions about their bodies, their lives, and their futures. Founded in 1916, Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, educator, and passionate advocate here in the U.S. as well as a strong partner to health and rights organizations around the world.
 
https://www.plannedparenthood.org/ 

PFLAG

PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.

https://pflag.org/

Q Chat Space

Find and give support, have fun, connect around shared interests and get good information. Chat with like-minded peers in live chats designed for you & by you, facilitated by folks who care.

https://www.qchatspace.org/

The Trevor Project

An American nonprofit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. Through a toll-free telephone number, it operates The Trevor Lifeline, a confidential service that offers trained counselors.
1.866.488.7386

https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

MoneyGeek

Publishes content to assist communities with personal finance
https://www.moneygeek.com/financial-planning/lgbtq/

Financing & Support for Gender Confirmation Surgery
https://www.moneygeek.com/financial-planning/paying-for-gender-confirmation-surgery/

Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal is a nonprofit, national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
 
https://www.lambdalegal.org/

One Iowa

One Iowa advances, empowers, and improves the lives of LGBTQ Iowans statewide.

https://oneiowa.org/

GSA Network

Our overall strategy for fighting for educational justice is to work with grassroots, youth-led groups and GSAs, empowering them to educate their schools and communities, advocate for just policies that protect LGBTQ youth from harassment and violence, and organize in coalition with other youth groups across identity lines to address broader issues of oppression.

https://gsanetwork.org/

The Real MAINstream

The only blatantly LGBTQ-affirming, intersectional, progressive publication serving Illinois and Iowa. We bring journalism, compassion and intersectionality to those who feel marginalized from the “mainstream.” TRM offers news, culture and opinion from a progressive perspective focused on truth, fairness, compassion and building better future relationships. 

https://therealmainstream.com/

Legacy Project

The award-winning Legacy Project is a Chicago-based cultural and educational non-profit dedicated to researching and promoting the contributions Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people have made to world history and culture.  

https://legacyprojectchicago.org/

Not Only Women Get Pregnant: Intersectional Language & Reproductive Rights

The future of reproductive rights affects every individual. As our understanding of gender expands, so must our language. Join Gender Justice Digital Strategist, and Gender Non-Conforming Human, Myrtle Lemon-Todd as they guide you through the vast landscape of intersectional language and reproductive rights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvu-yAOwO4E

Retire Guide

Growing older presents challenges for millions of Americans, but members of the LGBTQ+ community are particularly hard-hit. According to the UCLA Williams Institute, LGBTQ+ older adults face many additional barriers to receiving health care. We created this guide to connect the elders of the LGBTQ+ community to the resources and information necessary to help them find the care that they need.

https://www.retireguide.com/guides/lgbtq-elder-health-care/

Alcohol Help

Members of the LGBTQ community endure unique social and relational experiences that can be stressful and impactful. As a result, some have utilized harmful coping mechanism to find relief. Click below to read more and find substance use help.

https://www.alcoholhelp.com/alcohol/victims-alcoholism/lgbtq-community/

The National HIV Curriculum

 HIV/AIDS Education and Training Center Program led by the University of Washington.

https://www.hiv.uw.edu/

Purdue Global

44 Resources for LGBTQ+ College Students
This guide includes informational resources for LGBTQ+ students regarding academics, health, community, scholarships, and support services. The article is broken down into these categories, listing multiple other resources for LGBTQ+ college students. 

https://www.purdueglobal.edu/blog/student-life/resources-lgbtq-college-students/

healthcare.gov

Out2Enroll is a national initiative launched in September 2013 to connect our communities—LGBT people and our families, friends, and allies—with the health insurance coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act. 

https://www.healthreformbeyondthebasics.org/out2enroll-trans-insurance-guides/

Everywhere Is Queer

A public resource (and ever-growing searchable map!) created for the LGBTQIA2S+ and ally community to find welcoming, queer-owned spaces to shop, connect, eat, learn, and grow all over the world… even in your own neighborhood! Your community is waiting for you just around the corner.

https://www.everywhereisqueer.com/

National Runaway Safeline

For 50 years, the National Runaway Safeline has been responding to youth and families in crisis, serving as the national communications system for runaway and homeless youth. We continually transform technology, training and services to meet the current needs of vulnerable youth and ultimately achieve an end to youth homelessness.

https://www.1800runaway.org/about-us

Cerebral Palsy Guide


Resources for LGBTQ parents of children with special needs. As an LGBTQ parent raising a child with special needs, you may face unique challenges. However, by accessing the various forms of help that are available, LGBTQ families can become empowered to understand their child's needs, handle potential discrimination, and navigate their options. Learn more about medical, financial, and emotional support resources for LGBTQ parents of children with disabilities.

https://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com/community/lgbtq/

MCC

It is their mission to proclaim God's inclusive love and to provide informal, lively worship.

http://mccqc.com/

Outreach Quad Cities Transgender Support

A social, educational, and support group for any and all, cross dressers, transsexuals, and other individuals who identify themselves under the transgender umbrella.

https://www.facebook.com/Outreach-Quad-Cities-Transgender-Support-400139963397994/

U.S. Trans Survey

The 2022 USTS will provide an updated and expanded view of the experiences of transgender people across a wide range of areas, such as education, employment, family life, health, housing, and interactions with police and prisons.
 
https://www.ustranssurvey.org/

TheRecoveryVillage.com

Members of the LGBTQ community suffer from feelings of anxiety over discrimination and rejection among their peers and family members. High levels of stress can lead to substance abuse and mental health issues. In fact, research shows that members of the LGBTQ community suffer from higher rates of mental illness and substance abuse than other groups. Seeking help?

https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/mental-health/news/finding-support-lgbt-community/ 

Human Rights Campiagn

HRC envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ+ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law. We empower our 3 million members and supporters to mobilize against attacks on the most marginalized people in our community.

https://www.hrc.org/

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

 Committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.

https://transgenderlegal.org/?emci=599b8350-62d8-ec11-b656-281878b8c32f&emdi=8336df90-66d8-ec11-b656-281878b8c32f&ceid=10311849 

National Center for Transgender Equality

Advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.

https://transequality.org/

Safe Schools Coalition

Located in Washington State, this is a public-private partnership, in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, queer and questioning youth, working to help schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

http://safeschoolscoalition.org/

Trans Microgrants

Microgrants provide trans and nonbinary people with low-barrier funds and support to correct names and/or gender markers on identifying legal documents, and supply necessities for our trans siblings behind bars.

https://translifeline.org/microgrants/

Life Connections - Rhonda's House

Rhonda’s House (Iowa’s Only Peer-run Respite Center) provides a safe and welcoming environment for individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis and who voluntarily choose temporary respite services to restore well-being and the ability to manage their lives. Rhonda’s House is an alternative to the more restrictive care of a locked psychiatric hospital facility. 

https://lifeconnectionsrecovery.org/services/rhondas-house/

RehabSpot.com

This free web guide is a resource for people who are looking to take the next step and learn more about recovery. Their objective is to ensure health and wellness within the community.

https://www.rehabspot.com/alcohol/who-alcoholism-affects/lgbtq-community/

EqualityMaps

The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) tracks over 50 different LGBTQ-related laws and policies.  This map shows the overall policy tallies (as distinct from sexual orientation or gender identity tallies) for each state, the District of Columbia, and the five populated U.S. territories. A state’s policy tally scores the laws and policies within each state that shape LGBTQ people's lives, experiences, and equality. 

https://www.mapresearch.org/equality-maps

StayHonest.org

We've created a comprehensive guide on how to assist and support the LGBTQ Community and Youth facing substance abuse. Our mission is to provide consumers with data-driven and research-supported information on CBD, cannabis, and how they affect our society. Our guides are trusted by top institutions such as the The University of Iowa.

https://stayhonest.org/guide/

LawFirm.com

U.S. military veterans and people who identify as LGBTQ+ are more likely to have addiction issues compared to the general public. As a result, LGBTQ+ veterans are especially at risk of developing a substance abuse problem. Fortunately, there are many resources available that can help these Americans who have done so much for our country get the medical care they need and deserve. Click the link below to learn more.

https://www.lawfirm.com/dangerous-drugs/addiction/lgbtq-veterans/

MemoryCare.com

This guide provides invaluable insights into LGBTQIA+-friendly senior housing options nationwide. It equips older adults and their families with essential information about different levels of senior care and their offerings. Additionally, the guide includes lists of senior communities that embrace LGBTQIA+ individuals at various care levels.

https://www.memorycare.com/guide-to-lgbtqia-senior-housing/ 

Grace Therapy and Wellness Center - Chicago

Therapy is both an art and a science. Our therapists are trained in effective, evidence-based therapies carried out in a compassionate, personalized way with a foundation of liberation psychology. We always prioritize the relationship with our clients, in combination with skillful interventions that strive to meet your goals. Our practice is culturally humble, anti-racist, LGBTQIA+, sex worker, kink, and polyamory affirming.

https://www.gracetherapyandwellnesscenter.org/

TooTimid

National Runaway Safeline

For 50 years, the National Runaway Safeline has been responding to youth and families in crisis, serving as the national communications system for runaway and homeless youth. We continually transform technology, training and services to meet the current needs of vulnerable youth and ultimately achieve an end to youth homelessness.

https://www.1800runaway.org/about-us

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