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ELGbtq+ aims to create a safe, welcoming environment where all LGBTQIA+ folks and allies in the Elgin area can come together, celebrate and learn from each other, and create unity within the community.

Our mission is to create family-friendly, accessible events everyone can attend, while prioritizing queer voices in and around the Elgin, IL area.

We were very excited to make history by bringing the first LGBTQ+ Pride Parade and Festival to Elgin, Illinois in June of 2023, which saw over 4,000 attendees. 

ELGbtq+ is a registered 501(c)(3).



In addition to planning Elgin's Pride Parade and festival held the first Saturday in June, ELGbtq+ hosts year-round, accessible, family-friendly events: 

  • Chat and Caff: Meet at a local coffee shop and make friends! Typically the first Saturday of each month. 

  • Game night: Meet at an Elgin game store and play board games and card games! Typically the fourth Thursday of each month. 

  • Book club: Discuss a wide selection of queer literature. Generally monthly on Sundays. 

  • Rainbow Writers: An affirming space to work on and share your writing. Schedule varies. 

  • Queer Mountaineers: Local hikes and walks. Typically held in spring and summer. 

Check out the calendar for details about all these events. Hope to see you there!


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ELGbtq+ is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are considered tax deductible to the full extent of the law, and we greatly appreciate your support!

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