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Since July 2019, Lighthouse Foundation has launched the nation’s first Black Queer Equity Index, paid over $300,000 dollars to Black Queer workers, and built community with 2,500 Chicagoans.

Lighthouse Foundation of Chicagoland is a Black Queer-led, multiracial social justice organization that advances justice for Black LGBTQ+ people across Chicagoland through empowerment, education, and entertainment. 

Our Work
Community Organizing

Since 2019 we’ve built a coalition of 16 organizations committed to racial justice, removed a racist security firm from the largest LGBTQ center in the Midwest, and launched a Black Queer Equity Index.

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Our Black Queer Caucus (BQC) helps our community flourish by offering biweekly events by and for our community that promote mutual understanding, foster positive self worth, and reclaim faith practices as a means of liberation.

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The Arts

Through Black Queer Pride and Voices of Light, we celebrate the Black Queer community’s talent, resilience, and joy by featuring vocal artists, poets, cooks, drag performers, and more.

Workforce Development

We work with businesses and nonprofits to create more empowering, sustainable, and equitable opportunities for Black Queer workers.

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Upcoming Events
  • Workforce Development Conference
    Mar 25, 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
    Join Black LGBTQ+ employees and board members of nonprofits across IL for keynotes by thought leaders, headshot services, resume development, and networking.
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