Lake Forest College is committed to advocating and celebrating students on the basis of their diverse gender identities and expressions and educating the campus community on sociocultural issues surrounding LGBTQ+ students. This page provides resources and information for students who identify as members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community.

Our Lavender Lunch Signature Event celebrates LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff and showcases both campus and local resources.

Campus Groups and Departments


The Rainbow Network (TRN) is a brave space designed to empower, guide and support our LGBTQ+ community on campus. Members of TRN will share stories, engage in discussion and gain a better sense of self while enhancing their professional, social and leadership success. This empowerment Group is limited only to students who identify as LGBTQ+.


PRIDE’s mission is to provide support for and foster community among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students, to educate the Lake Forest College community at large in regard to GLBTQ+ issues, and to empower allies. This student organization is open to all who are interested.

Pride is dedicated to enhancing the atmosphere of diversity on the campus of Lake Forest College by reaffirming the dignity and worth of all members of the Lake Forest College community regardless of real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identification. For more information about PRIDE, click here.


Is a space for trans people and by trans people. Weekly meetings will provide community, support, and snacks. Reach out to OIR for more details on location and time.


Studying at the intersection of disciplines like psychology, sociology, politics, and history, students in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies acquire and apply the tools of scholarship in gender and sexuality across their coursework. For more information about this area of study, click here.

Local Resources

ALMA (Association of Latino Men for Action)


Empowering Latino gay, bisexual, and questioning men by providing support, advocacy, and leadership opportunities, through innovative cultural programming.

Asians and Friends Chicago


Founded in 1985, the purpose of Asians & Friends Chicago (AFC) is to bring together gay people who are interested in developing a greater understanding of the culture of Asians and Asian-Americans and in developing friendships through social, cultural and educational activities. 

Cafe Pride


Cafe Pride is a ministry of Lake View Presbyterian Church.  Cafe Pride is Chicago’s coffeehouse for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender youths, and their friends, 17 to 21 years old. Cafe Pride is a ministry of gay and straight people with the conviction that growing up requires a lot of mental and emotional work.  

Center on Halsted


Center on Halsted is a focal point for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Chicago, serving the community’s diverse social, recreational, cultural, and social service needs.

Chicagoland LGBTQ Services Directory


This website provides a comprehensive search engine for numerous services available to the LGBTQAI+ community.

Website: is a web-based information provider that focuses on substance abuse and its various causes and co-occurring disorders  within the LGBTQ+ community. Their mission is to provide awareness-level information to people who may be struggling, and to connect them with the proper resources for recovery. This website provides more information about some causes, challenges and resources available. 

Howard Brown Center


Website (Broadway Youth Center):

The mission of Howard Brown is to promote the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons through the provision of health care and wellness programs, including clinical, educational, social service and research activities. Howard Brown designed these programs to serve gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in a confidential, supportive, and nurturing environment. Howard Brown Health Center is committed to working cooperatively with other community-based organizations serving and contributing to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.



PFLAG is Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. It has seven chapters in Northern Illinois, and holds monthly support meetings.

VALEO at Lakeshore Hospital


Valeo at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital provides comprehensive psychiatric and addiction-related treatment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) individuals.

Campus Support
  • Student involvement: Trans Social Hour, Pride, The Rainbow Network 
  • Health & Wellness: Provides mental well-being, support with gender-affirming care 
  • Student Emergency Fund: can provide assistance with pricier gender affirming items such as binders. 
  • Student Pantry: has period supplies and will have other gender-affirming items such as: 
  • Hygiene supplies (tampons, etc.)  
  • Food!  
  • More items coming soon, come talk to us if you have suggestions or need something more immediately.  
  • Career Closet: located at Roberts Hall 100, South Campus; hours: Fridays 1 to 3 p.m. 
  • Has casual clothing items as well as business-oriented clothing 
  • Open to all students 
Resources for Transgender Students

General Resources:  

Trans-Specific Resources: 

  • The Trevor Project ('s 24/7/365 Lifeline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or TrevorChat (, their online instant messaging option, or TrevorText (, a text-based support option. If you are looking for peer support, you can visit TrevorSpace ( from anywhere in the world. 
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) ( 
  • Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 ( 
  • Do you live outside the United States? If so, check out The Trevor Project's list of international resources here: 

Voice Training:  

  • Northwestern University: 
  • University Of Chicago: 


  • Trans Voice Lessons: 
  • Seattle Voice Lab: 
  • Nicole Gress (Undead Voice Lab): 


  • Trans Vocal Training: 
  • Sophie Edwards: 

Voice changing/training apps and software: 

  • The Gender Dysphoria Bible: 
  • Strands For Trans: 
  • Point Of Pride: 
National Trans Organizations

 Transgender Programs at LGBTQ+ Organizations 

Online Resources for Trans Allyship