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Here at the LGBTQ+ Cen­ter at Ken­neth Young, we offer youth pro­gram­ming, advo­ca­cy oppor­tu­ni­ties, pro­fes­sion­al train­ings, and com­mu­ni­ty events through­out the year. 


Young adults can find oppor­tu­ni­ties for social gath­er­ings, net­work­ing, job and career sup­port by email­ing the Cen­ter and get­ting involved with our North Sub­ur­ban Com­mu­ni­ty Net­work for queer professionals.

To learn more about pro­gram­ming, inquire about train­ings, or rent our space con­tact us, please con­tact us at:


Young Adult Night

Young Adult Community Night invites all LGBTQ+ young adults ages 18-24 based in the Northwest suburbs. What can you expect when joining Community Night? Expect a group of welcoming queer people dedicated to building community and learning together. Each time we gather, there is a unique activity inspired by the needs and interests of our attending community members. Community Night is held biweekly on Friday evenings. For more information, please email

LGBTQ+ Cen­ter Programs

Rainbow Room Youth Advocates for Change (RR YAC)

By queers, for queers! By teens, for teens! The Rainbow Room Youth Advocates for Change is a year-round group dedicated to LGBTQ+ advo­ca­cy, lead­er­ship, and com­mu­ni­ty orga­niz­ing. The Rainbow Room YAC is open to LGBTQ+-identified and LGBTQ+-allied high school stu­dents in the Northwest sub­urbs. The Rainbow Room YAC meets twice monthly. We would love to welcome you! To be a part of the Rain­bow Room YAC, email

Youth Community Night

Community Night centers LGBTQ+ teens in the Northwest suburbs. As a queer teen, you can expect your interests and opinions to be welcomed, as all of our Community Nights center the needs of our attending community members! Each session is an opportunity to learn, have fun, and build community with those around you in a safe space. Community Night is held biweekly on Thursday evenings. For more information, please email

LGBTQ+ SMART Recovery Virtual Meeting

Open to LGBTQ+ 17+. Meetings are held through zoom.

Click Here to Learn More . 

Click Here to Join

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Other LGBTQ+ Services

North Sub­ur­ban Pride Network

Are you an adult who lives or works in the north­west sub­urbs? The NSPN gath­ers quar­ter­ly to share needs and share solu­tions to sup­port LGBTQ+ youth. This group col­lab­o­rates with the RR YAC to ensure all efforts are youth-led. 

Reg­is­tra­tion required by email­ing lgbtqcenter@​kennethyoung.​org

FY 24 Meeting Dates: ** All meetings are Hybrid, from 3pm-4pm

August 22, 2023

November 04, 2023

February 20, 2024

April 25, 2024

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Q Closet

The Q-Closet Principals:

  • The Q Closet aims to provide a shopping experience that is accessible, affirming, and accommodating for all LGBTQ+ people.

  • All items in the Q Closet are free of charge to LGBTQ+ visitors.

  • The closet is organized by queer folks with queer folks in mind.

  • The Q Closet shopping experience is limited to two visitors at a time to accommodate space and privacy needs.

  • Q Center staff will rearrange the shopping experience for any visitor who requires accessibility accommodations.

  • A private space to change/try on clothing will always be available.

  • All donations are vetted by LGBTQ+ Q Center staff.

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