Community Service and Social Groups

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Coalition of Rainbow Alliances
CORAL is a non-profit, volunteer group that facilitates networking and community for the Central Illinois lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, all other sexual and gender minorities, their families, friends, and the organizations that support them. 

Meetings: second Sunday of the month at 5:00 PM

Location: Zoom and First Church of the Brethren
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AIDS Walk Springfield
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Brothers and Sisters Together
Brothers and Sisters Together is a dinner group that meets at various restaurants around central Illinois on Fridays throughout the entire year.

Meetings: Fridays at 7:00 PM

Location: Varies from week to week

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Gay and Lesbian Association of Decatur (GLAD)
The mission of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Decatur is to: Facilitate social interaction, Provide community service, Educate our citizenry, Combat social injustice, Serve as an advocate for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Genderqueer, Questioning, Intersexed, Asexual, & Alliance (LGBTQIA+) population.

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PFLAG - Decatur
PFLAG is an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies

Phone (helpline): 217.875.5119

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PFLAG - Springfield
PFLAG is an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies

Meetings: Every third Monday
Location: 745 Woodside Road, Springfield, IL
Phone: 217.481.0136 or 217.801.2698

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Professionals in the Springfield Metro
Professionals in the Springfield Metro (PRISM) is an organization of equality affirming individuals and businesses dedicated to establishing and elevating the Springfield, IL LGBT+ professional community through effective networking, service, and professional development events.

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Women 4 Womxn
Women 4 Womxn 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.

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Faith Communities

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Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation
The Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation is a religious community of individuals coming together for spiritual growth and fellowship.

Services: Sundays at 10:30 AM


Address: 745 Woodside Road, Springfield, IL
Phone: 217.585.9550

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First Church of the Brethren
In a culture driven by consumerism, we try to live simply. In a world constantly at war, we strive to live peacefully. At a time of deep political, social, and economic division, we worship together.

Adult Bible Study: Sundays at 9:30 AM
Worship Services: Sundays at 10:30 AM

Address: 2115 Yale Boulevard, Springfield, IL
Phone: 217.523.5212

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First Presbyterian Church
We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church USA, founded in 1828, and church home to Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Our own sacred narratives, along with the great Biblical stories, become woven into the fabric of our faith. At First Presbyterian Church, we welcome each story — understanding that unity is found not in conformity, but in Christ.

Worship Services: Sundays at 10:30 AM
Bible Study: Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Midweek Services: Wednesdays at 5:30 PM

Address: 321 South 7th Street, Springfield, IL
Phone: 217.528.4311, Pastor Susan (ext. 202), Chaplain Tim (ext. 209)

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Heartland Metropolitan Community Church
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Worship Services: Sundays at 10:30 AM

Address: TBD
Phone: 217.726.8411

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News Sites

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Illinois Eagle
The Illinois Eagle is a community e-newspaper covering the LGBTQ communities of Illinois, plus news of fandom and politics. The mission of the Eagle is to serve as a forum and voice for these communities at the local level and to inform the community of events and issues across the state.

Advertising is accepted and the Eagle is always looking for reporters across Illinois. It is also open to columnists from all areas of the state. If you would like to advertise in or write for the Illinois Eagle, please email publisher Tom Wray at editor@illinoiseagle.com.

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Philanthropy

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Acorn Equality Fund
Established in 1999, Acorn Equality Fund in Peoria, Illinois, is a grassroots nonprofit organization that provides financial support for the advancement of education, health, and civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons and their allies. We raise funds in order to give out grants and scholarships to promote higher education. Together we can build a bright, united future.

Address: PO Box 6286, Peoria, IL 61601

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Pridefests

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Decatur Pride
Decatur Pride is an annual celebration of LGBTQIA+ art, culture, history, education, and advocacy.

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Springfield Pridefest
Springfield Pridefest is a day of embracing diversity and celebrating the Central IL LGBTQ community. It is an event with something for everyone – a kids area, a large stage with live entertainment, lots of great vendors selling goods and giving out  information, great food & drinks, tons of fun, and time spent with family & friends. Springfield PrideFest is organized by the Phoenix Center. This street fair is held the 3rd Saturday of May.

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Service Providers and Testing

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Fifth Street Renaissance/SARA Center
Fifth Street Renaissance provides transitional housing, HIV testing and support, life skills programs, and community outreach to individuals around central Illinois. The Springfield AIDS Resource Association, SARA Center, mission was centered around prevention, education, comprehensive care and support, housing and advocacy services for individuals, families and the community in Central Illinois.

 

HIV/Hep C/STI Testing: 9AM-3PM, Mondays-Fridays, and by appointment
Location: 1315 North 5 Street, Springfield, IL 62702

Phone: 217.544.5040

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Phoenix Center
The mission of the Phoenix Center is to support Central Illinois’ LGBT Community with programming for promoting equality, health & well being, and social and educational growth. 


Testing/Harm Reduction/Housing: 8:30-4:30 PM Mondays-Thursdays,
                                                           8:30-3:00 PM Fridays, and by appointment
Location: 109 E. Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL

Phone: 217.528.5253
Fax: 217.528.5260

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Statewide Groups

Equality Illinois
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. Equality Illinois envisions a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Address: PO Box 1313 Chicago, IL 60690

Phone: 773.477.7173

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LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois
The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois is an organization that seeks to promote economic opportunities for the LGBT community by being an advocate and resource for all member businesses that encourage equality.

 

Address: 3179 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657

Phone: 773.303.0167

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University Groups

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LLCC - Gay-Straight Alliance
The goal of the GSA is to assist and provide support for individual who have coming out or sex related health issues and the education of Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Trans (GLBT) and others about sexual and sexuality related issues; stand in support of justice for people of all sexual orientations; promote awareness of the GLBT population on campus and to provide a safe zone for the GLBT and supporters to share ideas, issues and concerns.

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Phone: 217.786.2394

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UIS Gender and Sexuality Student Services
The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Student Services is to provide education, advocacy, support, mentoring, and a safe space for sexual and gender minority students at UIS including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, genderqueer, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexuals (LGBTQIA+). We also work with heterosexual and cisgender students to become more informed and supportive allies. All students are welcome! 

 

Location: Student Life Building 22, UIS Campus

Phone: 217.206.8316

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