We know that mental health and emotional wellness can be a significant challenge for the Black Queer community. Through monthly programming focused on arts, trauma, healing justice, and one-on-one support, we provide emotional, mental, and other wellness-centered resources to our community.
UPCOMING WELLNESS EVENTS
- Sat, Oct 08Meeting House Tavern
- Sat, Oct 29St. Pauls UCC Gym
- Sat, Nov 05St. Pauls UCCNov 05, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PMSt. Pauls UCC, 2335 N Orchard St, Chicago, IL 60614, USACategory IS: Prom Opulence! Lighthouse Foundation invites you to reclaim your prom! Join us for our inaugural Fall Ball where we will reimage the prom experience from a Black Queer lens. Grab a date, friends and/or your uniqueness and step on the scene!
- Thu, Nov 17Lady Gregory'sNov 17, 6:30 PM – Nov 18, 8:00 PMLady Gregory's , 5260 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640, USAJoin Lighthouse Foundation for another installment of LF Reading Circle. Please note that LF Reading Circle is open to BIPOC LGBTQ+ individuals. If you are not BIPOC and LGBTQ+, we encourage you to check out our other upcoming events that are open to everyone!
16 Directories for Therapists of Color
It's important know where to find therapists of color who understand microaggressions in the workplace, misogynoir, xenophobia, and other cultural concerns on a professional and personal level. Check out these directories to find a POC therapist near you.
Howard Brown Health
Howard Brown is an LGBTQ+-serving healthcare organization based in Chicago. They provide affordable services, including COVID-19 vaccines, HIV/STI screenings, and more.
Self-Care in Isolation
Feeling isolated? Whether you're in quarantine or just going through a period of loneliness, there are steps you can take towards handling daily life. View a document filled with activities you can practice to promote wellness while in isolation, courtesy of Black Queer therapist, Shara Dyson.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – For youth and adults:
(800) 273-TALK (8255)
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Incest National Network:
National Eating Disorders Center Helpline:
(877) 968-8491, or Text TEEN2TEEN to 839863
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
Just need someone to talk to & not in crisis? Check out Warmlines instead.
Outside of monthly programming, we want to make sure that we're providing plenty of free and/or easily accessible resources to Black Queer folks in need of mental, physical, and emotional wellness.
PREVIOUS WELLNESS WORK HIGHLIGHTS
Our monthly programming has and will continue to feature events that promote wellness, whether that'd be through free group therapy sessions, insightful discussions, or fun events meant to bring us together as a community. Below are some highlights from some memorable events that we've hosted recently.
Black Queer Trivia Night
March 18, 2021
During this fun event, we quizzed each other on Black Queer Trivia, including questions covering pop culture, politics, history, and more. Open to Black LGBTQ+ folks only, the winner received a $100 prize. Things may have gotten playfully competitive, but we learned a lot and had plenty of laughs.
BLK WOMXN SPEAKS
February 27, 2021
BLK WOMXN SPEAKS is a reoccurring poetry event for cis, trans, and gender-nonconforming Black Queer womxn that showcases their power and talent. During this event, Black Queer poets read their work and share their experiences, traumas, and triumphs.
Mind Over Matters
February 13, 2021
Mental health can be stigmatized, expensive, and uncomfortable for Black Queer folk, so we created Mind Over Matters: Black Queer Men Mental Health Conversations. During this free virtual Zoom event, we discussed mental health with the guidance of two professional Black Queer therapists.
January 10, 2021
Real Talk is a reoccurring event series we have in which we discuss topics and issues facing our Black Queer community. In our most recent Real Talk, which took place during Black Queer Pride, we talked about the intersection of sexuality and religion, and how both positive and negative experiences have shaped who we are.