Safe Space Program

The purpose of a Safe Space program at Chicago-Kent is to provide a “Safe Space” where people who have questions about gender and sexuality, whether in their own lives, in the lives of family and friends, or in the wider culture can go to discuss those issues. Faculty and staff who choose to participate in the Safe Space program participate in a two-hour workshop where they are provided with resources to assist those who approach them with LGBT related concerns. Those who attend the workshop are identified by a “Safe Space” sticker hung on the door to their office or inside their office. In addition, those who participate are listed on this website. Participants in the Safe Space program are considered “allies” and do not necessarily self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, but they are prepared to listen and respond to those with questions about related issues.

Center on Halsted

3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613

Phone: 773.472.6469
Fax: 773.472.6643
TTY: 773.472.1277

Center on Halsted is a focal point for resources for the Chicago and Midwest LGBT communities. It  offers support networks and programming to meet the cultural, emotional, social, educational and recreational needs of the LGBT community and friends. Current services include support groups for youth and seniors, mental health services, an info line for LGBT individuals and a hotline for HIV and STD concerns, prevention, treatment, and advocacy related to domestic violence, community technology center providing internet access and technology training and a range of life-enrichment programs.

The organization houses a number of organizations serving Chicago’s LGBT community. Currently, numerous cultural, recreational and advocacy organizations that serve the LGBT community are Resident Community Partners at the Center, which acts as an incubator providing operational support and room for collaboration to the diverse community of nonprofit organizations.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education

11 East Adams, Suite 1008
Chicago, IL  60603-6303
Phone: (312) 663-4413
Fax: (312) 663-4307

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

Help Desk Hours and Instructions

Help Desk Number: (312) 663-4413

The Midwest Regional Office accepts Help Desk calls at any time during business hours (M-F 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.). Call 312-663-4413, ask for the Help Desk, and a Help Desk staff person will assist you.

If Help Desk staff is busy helping other callers, your call will automatically be routed to the Legal Help Desk voicemail. You are welcome to leave the following information: name, state, contact info, best time to reach you, and a brief message outlining your legal inquiry. A Help Desk staff person will return your call within one to two business days.

The Human Rights Campaign

Founded in 1980, the Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of over 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

The organization advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.