Central Illinois Resources
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."
Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
The mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) is to promote safety,
support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning
(LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth
organizing and research.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Bloomington/Normal Chapter
Mission: PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society;
education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination
and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and
acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Acorn Equality Fund
Established in 1999, Acorn Equality Fund in Peoria, Illinois, is a grassroots nonprofit
organization that provides financial support for the advancement of education, health,
and civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons and their allies.
We raise funds in order to give out grants and scholarships to promote higher education.
Together we can build a bright, united future.
Local Faith Communities
The following congregations in Bloomington/Normal welcome LGBTQIA members:
The Office of the Chaplain and the Evelyn Chapel welcome conversations about the spiritual life and contributions
of LGBTQIA persons among all walks of faith. Our space is sacred and safe, and you
are welcome here. To that end, IWU Pride Alliance holds its weekly meetings in the
Evelyn fellowship space. The University Chaplain's office is a Safe Zone.
A United Methodist congregation seeking to provide a spiritual home for a new generation
of Christ followers in Bloomington Normal IL.
New Covenant Community
A progressive Christian congregation in Normal, IL for those who value spiritual searching
over religious certainty. Our purpose is to continue in our time what Jesus began
in his – working for the healing of our world as an inclusive, compassionate, joyful
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington-Normal
If you are looking for a religious home that welcomes all people please join us! We
offer a community that celebrates the diversity of all people, a place where your
gifts and your concerns are equally embraced, a place where love and service are the
Online Faith Communities
Believe Out Loud
Believe Out Loud is an online community dedicated to supporting Christian Queer Youth
and fighting for justice for the LGBTQIA community. Check out the
Believe Out Loud Welcoming Church Map
to see a map of all churches in the U.S. that are LGBTQIA friendly.
Q Christian Fellowship
Q Christian Fellowship cultivates radical belonging among LGBTQ+ people and allies
through a commitment to growth, community, and relational justice.
Muslims for Progressive Values
The YouTube channel "Muslims for Progressive Values" has a series of lectures dismantling
religious based homophobia, along with providing tips on self empowerment and mental
JQ Youth is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Jewish Queer Community,
addressing the unique needs of Queer Jewish Youth and advocating for LGBTQIA rights.