Community Organizations

Prairie Pride Coalition logo

The Prairie Pride Coalition


The mission of the PPC is" "we pledge ourselves to the awakening of compassion and understanding among all peoples. We strive to foster mutual respect regardless of sexual orientation, creed, race, gender, gender identity, or physical ability through outreach and education." 


McLean County AIDS Taks Force logoMcLean County AIDS Task Force


Our mission statement:

  • Providing peer counseling about HIV/AIDS, including community resources, risk reduction, HIV antibody testing, and clinical trials
  • Providing individuals and service organizations with a central clearinghouse for current information on the medical, social, and ethical aspects of HIV/AIDS
  • Assisting volunteers and organizations in identifying the needs of people impacted by HIV/AIDS, and in developing and coordinating non-duplicative resources
  • Offering or facilitating direct services in response to unmet needs, and acting as an advocate for people impacted by HIV/AIDS
  • Contributing to development of enlightened, rational, and humane HIV/AIDS-related policies in public and private

Central Illinois Safe Schools Alliance


The goal of the east-Central Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (eCISSA) is eliminate all bullying of LGBTQ students and to create a school environment where youth feel nurtured and safe to be themselves, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We work with our parent organization,the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (ISSA), to provide school staff and administration the information and tools necessary to create a safe atmosphere to promote youth education.


Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Bloomington/Normal Chapter

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As members of PFLAG we have learned that lesbians, bisexuals, gay and transgender people come from families from all corners of the earth, from every culture, and from every religious and ethnic group. Sexual orientation is neither chosen nor taught; it is not "just a stage" of development.

As members of PFLAG, we have learned to affirm our loved ones' sexual orientation; we recognize their expression of love as natural and moral.

We view rejection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender persons by their families as tragedy. We respect the right of each person to be who he or she authentically is.

Finally, we believe that by speaking out and breaking the silence surrounding homosexuality, we replace prejudice and stereotypes with truth. PFLAG has opened new windows of understanding for us and we seek to share that understanding with others.


Pride at ISU logoPride at Illinois State University


ISU Pride is Illinois State University's only student organization on campus that caters to LGBT students as well as allies.


Acorn Equality Fund logoAcorn Equality Fund

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Acorn Equality Fund provides opportunities for scholarships and grants to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) persons, organizations and allies in Illinois' downstate counties. Our scholarships are designed to provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students, allies or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents. The 2014 scholarships range from $1000 to $5,000 with up to $40,000 being disbursed.  To be eligible, the applicant must retain permanent residence in the AEF service area (all Illinois counties except: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will) and attend any accredited post-secondary educational facility.


PRIDE Employee Resource Group at State Farm State Farm PRIDE logo

A Resource Guide to Developing a Mentoring Relationship (.pdf)

Employees involved in PRIDE ERG at State Farm are offering a career mentorship to IWU students in the LGBTQ community involved in IWU Pride Alliance. Topics may include LGBT workplace concerns, time management, interview skills, resume building etc. Contact Avery Amerson ( if you are interested or have any questions.


Workplace Rights for Transgender Students


The Learn How to Become orginazation has created an extensive guide on their website, with linformation about discrimination laws indifferent areas of the US, how to access legal support, and how to go about finding and holding a job as a transgender individual when often it seems the indutry is against you.