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support groups

In-Person Support

Transcend Naperville Drop-In

Geared toward trans and non-binary youth
Meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

1828 Old Naperville Rd, Naperville, IL 60563, USA

Joliet/Lockport Youth Drop-In

Every Tuesday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

309 N Eastern Ave, Joliet, IL 60432, USA

Gender Explorers

Gender Explorers is a adult (over 18 years of age) peer-run support group for transgender / gender variant individuals.
Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 - 8:30PM.

3401 W Jefferson St, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

PFLAG Bolingbrook

Meets the 2nd Sunday of the month at 2pm. Follow on Facebook for more information.

305 E Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, USA

Downers Grove Youth Drop-In

Every Thursday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

1032 Maple Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA

Center On Halsted - Youth Programs

Youth Programming at Center on Halsted is Tuesday-Saturday, usually in the afternoons and evenings. On Wednesdays we have Grab N Go from 12p-3, and Dinner2Go 5pm-7pm. We also offer social groups, such as Teen Hang on Zoom on Fridays, and Weekend Edition on Saturdays! Lastly, we also offer individual Case Management and Adult Ally Services.
Registration Required

3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA


Meets the 3rd Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm

515 S Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187, USA

Naperville Youth Drop-in

Every Tuesday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

25 E Benton Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA

Chicago Gender Society

Provides a safe place for people to explore their gender identity through monthly meetings, socials and events.
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8 pm, in-person and via zoom.

650 E Algonquin Rd Suite 104, Schaumburg, IL 60173, USA

PFLAG Homer Glen/Lockport

Meets Last Tuesday of the month, 6:30 – 8 PM

14719 W 163rd St, Homer Glen, IL 60491, USA


Virtual Support

Trevor Project - Youth Crises Support

Crises intervention and suicide prevention phone service - 24/7/365: 866-488-7386

Chat on computer - 24/7 online confidential instant messaging

TrevorText - text START to 678-678

Gender Spectrum Online Discussions for Adults & Youth

Gender Spectrum hosts free online groups for pre-teens, teens, parents, caregivers, and other family members and adults. These groups provide you with the opportunity to connect with others, share experiences, and feel the comfort of a supportive community. Registration Required.

Parent support group, Thrive

Group takes place on Zoom, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Parents of transgender youth have found this community particularly helpful because they provide safe, confidential space for parents to discuss personal topics in an open manner with each other. Currently the group is only open to adult full time caregivers* of LGBTQ youth

Trans Teens Online Talk Group

The Trans Teens  Online Talk Group is a weekly moderated group for trans and gender expansive youth 19 and younger, to talk in a safe space and to be able to fully express themselves without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable or unwelcome.
Meets Thursdays and Fridays from 6-9 pm CST

Trans LifeLine

Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers.

Intersex Support Groups

AID-DSD provides forum groups for adults, an established email circle and Facebook page for families and parents, and a forum for youth to chat with others who are experiencing similar journeys. Must request and be approved.

Suicide Prevention LifeLine

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
800-273-8255. Click the link for chat support instead.

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