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Coaching, training, groups, and research to support LGBTQIA people in Chicago and beyond.

our Mission

To use an individualized, strengths-based approach to build skills and resilience in ways that strengthen and support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community in Chicago and the surrounding areas.

our COMMUNITY

As a research-focused organization, we work directly with LGBTQIA individuals and their loved ones, providing goal-focused coaching services and groups. We also offer training to help professionals who are interested in building their competence in working with people who are LGBTQIA.

A community driven by its core values.

Self-determination: We believe that all people deserve respect, and the freedom to make their own choices and focus on what is most valuable to them. Each person has the right to define their gender, sexuality, and other identities in whatever ways they choose.

Non-hierarchical work: Rather than a more traditional model of "experts" providing services to clients, our focus is on creating collaborative relationships with emphasis on shared experiences and strengths, on working together to accomplish meaningful goals.

Workability: We strive to do what makes practical sense. If a strategy stops working, or doesn't work in a particular context, we seek out new options to determine what works best in a given situation, and continue to evaluate progress over time.

Empowering the LGBTQIA community: We seek out direct involvement and feedback from LGBTQIA individuals in our organization's activities and leadership so the services we provide are by us, for us. In addition, no one will be turned away because of an inability to pay.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

Meet the Crew

 
 

It's all up to you.

We would love for you to get involved in supporting the LGBTQIA community through volunteering or donating, or even just getting in touch with us. We welcome you to ask us more questions, discuss our programming, set up an appointment, or to offer suggestions for what we can do to better meet your needs.

You can reach us at UpswingAdvocates@gmail.com or call us at (872) 888-7987.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Your ongoing generous support allows us to do the work that we do.

From conducting research that affirms and benefits the trans community, to providing access to coaching services on a sliding scale, your support helped us to build infrastructure and begin to meet unique community needs in 2016. You can read about our first year as an organization in our 2016 Annual Report. With your continued support, we look forward to expanding access to these resources in 2017, and to begin to incorporate group supports for the LGBTQIA community and training for helping professionals on providing TGQI affirming care.

2016 ANNUAL REPORT