Events every month. 16 partner organizations. $16,000 in mutual aid raised and distributed.

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

The Black Queer Caucus (BQC) encourages Black Queer flourishing through programming and issue identification, and CARE organizes externally by holding LGBTQ+ institutions accountable to serve the LGBTQ+ community equitably.

The Arts

We recognize and celebrate the arts as a tool of self-care, healing, and justice. We infuse the arts throughout our community, organizing, and community health work. Our semiannual signature artistic event is Black Queer Pride.

Community Wellness

Our innovative strategies address mental health on an individual, interpersonal, and structural level. Through monthly programming focused on arts, trauma, and healing justice, as well as one-on-one support and referrals, we bring mental health resources to the community.

The Black Queer Equity Index

Being Black and LGBTQ+ in the United States each has its own risk factors for adverse health, economic, and social outcomes. Lighthouse Foundation aims to collaboratively create a collective impact model with industry-wide standards for LGBTQ+ institutions that seek to pursue racial equity.

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Upcoming Events
  • Fall Fest
    Sat, Oct 30
    Chicago
    Oct 30, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT
    Chicago, 2335 N Orchard St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
    Join us for an afternoon where we celebrate the season and experience a presentation about ballroom culture and resilience from Chicago’s House of Balenciaga, a national leader in the ballroom scene.
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  • BQEI Update
    Thu, Dec 09
    Zoom Event
    Dec 09, 6:00 PM CST
    Zoom Event
    Join Lighthouse Foundation for the reveal of our racial equity indicators, signs that organizations are doing right by Black Queer employees and Board members. We will also review our year-long work on the BQEI throughout 2021 and discuss the future of the project.
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