WELLNESS

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
  • Lighthouse Foundation Revival Fundraiser
    Sat, Oct 08
    Meeting House Tavern
    Oct 08, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Meeting House Tavern, 5025 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
    Join us for live music, community, food from Taylor Taco’s, and performances by Iyanna Frantz—all to support the Black Queer Equity Index.
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  • Fall Fest: Halloween Costume Contest, Pumpkin Decorating, and More! (1)
    Oct 29, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    St. Pauls UCC Gym, 2335 N Orchard St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
    Join Lighthouse Foundation of Chicagoland for our second annual Fall Fest! We will have pumpkin decorating, games, a costume contest, and lots of yummy treats! You don't want to miss this fun event!
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  • Fall Ball
    Sat, Nov 05
    St. Pauls UCC
    Nov 05, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    St. Pauls UCC, 2335 N Orchard St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
    Category 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!
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  • LF Reading Circle: Clap When You Land
    Thu, Nov 17
    Lady Gregory's
    Nov 17, 6:30 PM – Nov 18, 8:00 PM
    Lady Gregory's , 5260 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
    Join 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!
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RESOURCES 

MENTAL

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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. 

PHYSICAL

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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. 

EMOTIONAL

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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. 

HOTLINES

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – For youth and adults:

(800) 273-TALK (8255)


National Domestic Violence Hotline:

(800) 799-7233


Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Incest National Network:

(800) 656-HOPE

National Eating Disorders Center Helpline:

(800) 931-2237 


YouthLine

(877) 968-8491, or Text TEEN2TEEN to 839863


SAMHSA’s National Helpline

(800) 662-4357

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Real Talk 

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.