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Join us on March 25 for free headshots, resume workshops, Black LGBTQ+-led panels, and more.
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. 

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2023 Workforce Development Conference
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The Workforce Development Conference (WDC) will convene Black LGBTQ+ nonprofit staff and unemployed people from across Illinois for a keynote by an award-winning speaker, panel discussions with industry professionals, workshops geared towards subcommunities such as trans people and seniors, mock interviews, and more. 

Our Work
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The Arts

The arts are an integral medium of self-care, healing, and justice, and so we infuse them throughout our work. Our signature art program is Voices of Light (VOL), a collective of musical performers that celebrate the Black LGBTQ+ talent, resilience, and joy.

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We understand spirituality broadly, as fostering emotional well-being and encouraging healthy communal practices. Our Black Queer Caucus meets monthly to design community programming. 

Racial Justice Organizing

Our flagship racial justice organizing program is the Black Queer Equity Index (BQEI), a participatory action project to improve how nonprofits treat Black LGBTQ+ board members and staff. 

Workforce Development

BQEI respondents emphasized the need for culturally responsive tools to foster Black LGBTQ+ mobility within the IL nonprofit sector, which employs over 600,000 people.

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