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
  • Journey to Us
    Wed, May 25
    May 25, 5:00 PM
    Hear Black LGBTQ+ people share their journeys to family and get resources on next steps to adoption and foster care from Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois.
  • Recharge: A Self-Care Retreat
    Sun, May 29
    River North
    May 29, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    River North, Chicago, IL, USA
    RELAX, REFRESH, and RECHARGE at the Lighthouse Foundation’s upcoming self care retreat! Join us for a free pop-up event featuring experts sharing skin care tips, culinary demonstration with lunch, and guided group meditation. We all need a pick-me-up. Let Lighthouse take care of you.
Life Groups

Make new friends and build community in one of Lighthouse Foundation’s life groups, which meet throughout the month.

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