LGBTQ+ Community Resources

GLADD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)

GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community, promoting understanding, increasing acceptance, and advancing equality.

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)

GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

It Gets Better

The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you are trying to affirm  and assert your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can be a challenging and isolating process – but, the good news is, no one has to do it alone.

LAMBDA Legal

Lambda Legal’s expert staff works for equality in five offices around the country—New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles—maintaining a national network of volunteer cooperating attorneys in addition to a legal help desk to respond directly to queries regarding discrimination related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. 

Crisis Hotlines

Suicide Prevention

  • The Trevor Lifeline: (866) 488-7386, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-Suicide ((800) 784-2433)

Domestic and Sexual Assault

  • Apna Ghar (Asian-American): (773) 334-4663
  • Between Friends: (800) 603-HELP (4357)
  • Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: (888) 293-2080
  • Life Span: (847) 532-9540
  • Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault: (888) 802-8890
  • SHALVA (Jewish): (773) 583-HOPE (4673)
  • Wings: (847) 221-5680
  • YWCA Evanston/North Shore: (877) 718-1868

HIV and AIDS

  • Illinois AIDS Hotline: (800) 243-2437 TTY/TDD: (800) 782-0423 

 

Contact Information

Faculty Advisor to Pride Alliance

Or'Shaundra Benson-Meirick, PhD. (“her”, “she”)
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Email: bensono@cod.edu
Phone: (630) 942-3572