Friends of the Office & LGBTQIA+ Organizations

Advocacy and Community Groups

Brothers & Sisters Together is a social group that tends to dine out weekly for LGBTQA+ and friends of all ages.

  • Coalition of Rainbow Alliances (CORAL):

    Established in 2000, CORAL is a non-profit volunteer group that facilitates networking for the Central Illinois lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender community, their families, friends, & the organizations that support them.

  • Equality Illinois:

    Provides legal resources about LGBTQ rights in Illinois.

  • Lincoln Land Community College Alliance – Gay Straight Alliance (GSA):

    The purpose of the LLCC Alliance is to provide a safe forum for the discussion of issues related to gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender individuals, and allies. The broad goals of this student organization include furthering education and promoting acceptance within the campus and community. Membership in the LLCC Alliance is open to all Lincoln Land Community College students who  identify and support the goals of purposes of the organization. Membership is not limited to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender individuals, but welcome to all who are supportive.

  • PFLAG-Springfield IL:

    The local chapter of Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays.  PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization.  PFLAG has over 350 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states. They provide a safe and confidential place for LGBTQIA+ persons, their families, their friends, and allies to share and support one another.  They are committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQIA+ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy. They meet on the third Monday of every month virtually via Zoom or at the Abraham Lincoln UU Congregation, 745 Woodside Road, Springfield IL 62711 Email: uurevmartin@gmail.com Phone:  217-585-9550 (ALUUC)

  • Prairie Pride Coalition:

    The Prairie Pride Coalition is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to equality for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people (the GLBT community), specifically in McLean County, Illinois. Formerly the Advocacy Council for Human Rights (ACHR), the Prairie Pride Coalition (PPC) is dedicated to equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people – the LGBT community – in Bloomington/Normal and McLean County, IL.
  • The Phoenix Center:

    The mission of the Phoenix Center is to serve as Springfield’s LGBTQIA+ Community Center and provide the highest quality of HIV/AIDS prevention and education to the community as a whole.

  • LGBTQ+ Women of Springfield:

    LGBTQ+ Women of Springfield is a social group for women who identify somewhere in the Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Queer spectrum and reside within a one-hour radius of Springfield, Illinois. The group has been formed to promote social interaction among women in our community in a safe and welcoming environment.

Places of Worship

These local congregations have requested to be listed in this directory and/or advertise an open and welcoming community for LGBTQIA+ people.

Resources for HIV Testing, Counseling, and Addiction Recovery

The Springfield AIDS Resource Association, SARA Center, provides prevention, education, comprehensive care and support, housing and advocacy services for individuals, families and the community in Central Illinois. The mission of the SARA Center is to provide individualized based on compassion, empowerment and respect for the diversity of those living with and those affected by HIV/AIDS and related illnesses.

Have an organization or group to add to this list or need to update your group? Write gss@uis.edu or call 217-206-8316.