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Illinois: 50 States of Gay-Friendly America January 27th, 2013
Illinois: 50 States of Gay-Friendly America

Our new series, 50 States of Gay-Friendly America, features real-life venues, supportive organizations, and fun things to do if you're gay/bi/trans/questioning in each and every state.  It's a snapshot of culture where you are.  Check out the whole series here. Illinois is home to the amazing city of Chicago, a progressive, global city.  It's a great place to be if you're GLBTQ.  In the suburbs and out of the metro area, you might have to look a lot harder for support, but the state laws are friendly and there are three gay state legislators - and you're at least close to Chicago or maybe to Iowa, one of the first midwestern states to legalize gay marriage. If you are looking at colleges, you have a lot of good choices in Illinois.  Near Chicago's Loop, there is Columbia College, Roosevelt University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.  In Central Illinois, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is a school with a large GLBTQ community.  The Catholic institutions, Loyola and DePaul, in Chicago, are more liberal and inclusive than most, and they're both located in Chicago's prime playground on the north side.  Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, although not as large as ...