Thrive with Pride Cafes

Need to talk to someone right now? Call SAGE’s National LGBT Elder Hotline 24/7 at

(877) 360-5428 (Click here for more information)

Need to connect with LGBT+ Resources near you?

Call Age Options at (800)699-9043

(Monday-Friday 8:45am – 4:45pm)


Thrive with Pride Cafes

(note: Cafes are not currently meeting in person during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for this month’s online cafe!)

Learn More (An Overview of the Project)

Funded by generous grants from Community Memorial Foundation and the LGBTQ Community Fund at the Chicago Community Trust, AgeOptions is building a network of Thrive with Pride Cafes that will provide social support and vital information to the LGBT older adults and caregivers of suburban Cook County.  AgeOptions will host a monthly online plenary, offered live through Zoom and recorded for our archives; our partner sites will host informal gatherings online. AgeOptions provide programming tailored to the needs of the LGBT+ older adults population, including presentations on government benefits, planning for retirement, power of attorney and other legal helps, navigating Medicare, and preventing Medicare fraud; and will also present programming to help caregivers and those living with a chronic condition. If you’d like to request or suggest a cafe theme, email us!

If you are interested in hosting a cafe at your organization, or learning more about sponsoring a cafe, please contact AgeOptions at (800) 699 9043.

National and Illinois Resources for Clients and Providers

Need someone to talk to right now? Call the National LGBT Elder Hotline 24/7: (877)-360-5428 (Click here for more information.)

AgeOptions’ Guide to LGBT+ Aging (Clicking here opens a PDF)

National Resource Center for LGBT Aging

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders)

Illinois-Specific Resources

TransLine: Transgender Medical Consultation Service

TPAN: Test Positive Aware Network (Local to Chicago)

Older Adults at Center on Halsted (Chicago)

Proud To Thrive at the Center for Elder and Disability Law (Legal resources for LGBT+ Older Adults)

Wellness House hosts an online support group for members of the LGBT+ community living with or caring for someone with a cancer diagnosis. Click here to visit their virtual program hub. Groups meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm and the third Wednesday 10am.

Find a Cafe Near You

PLEASE NOTE: During the Covid-10 Outbreak, Cafes are NOT meeting in person. Contact each partner, or AgeOptions, to learn about how to join the group.

Cafe partners include:

SAGE West Suburban (Bellwood)

Holy Covenant Metropolitan Community Church (Brookfield)

First Congregational Church of La Grange


… to learn more and be matched with a Cafe that meets your needs, please call (800) 699 9043 and ask for information on Thrive with Pride.

Read about AgeOptions' Commitment to Inclusion.

AgeOptions believes that “The diversity of our organization and communities is a rich asset that strengthens our mission and guides our decisions and direction.” (See our mission, vision and values here.) We believe in the full inclusion of LGBT individuals and their caregivers in our community – and that becoming more welcoming to the LGBT population will help us become more welcoming to all. We uphold the values of commitment, integrity and connectedness in all of our interactions.

We hope to become culturally competent so that we are meeting the unique and pressing needs of this community as we innovate, partner, and advocate to improve systems and services in order to strengthen communities so people thrive as they age. Accordingly, AgeOptions is working to become SAGE Care platinum certified by the end of 2020. Click here to learn more about SAGE Care and the SAGE Care credential.

Funds for this website were provided in part by grants from Community Memorial Foundation and the LGBTQ Community Fund of the Chicago Community Trust. 

AgeOptions is proud to announce a new partnership with The Chicago Community Trust’s LGBT Community Fund. Click here to read about our funding award and plans for future expansion in the Daily Herald.

Important Information During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Following guidance from the Illinois Department on Aging, AgeOptions has temporarily suspended all in-person gatherings until further notice. These include Thrive with Pride Cafes. We hope to move soon to provide some virtual meeting options and video/tele-conferencing options for sharing resources and information. Click here to read a message from AgeOptions’ CEO and President, Diane Slezak.

In the meantime, stay informed – the National LGBT Cancer Network has a great page with information specific to the LGBT+ community. Click here for their guide, including tops on finding an affirming provider if you need one.

Make sure you have a plan in place. Click here for a helpful resource from SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) with information on how to make yourself as safe as possible. AgeOptions’s own Disaster Preparedness page has some great information and resources local to the Illinois/Chicagoland area (click here).

And do not hesitate to reach out for help – or for virtual companionship in these difficult times. AgeOptions remains open for business, though our Oak Park offices are closed to the public at this time. You may reach our staff by phone or email. During office hours, call AgeOptions toll-free at (800)699-9043 to connect with resources near you.

These national hotlines are open 24/7:

SAGE is also offering SAGE Connect, matching older LGBT+ adults with younger volunteers for check-ins, companionship and phone help. Click here to visit SAGE and sign up! If you know someone who may want to register but does not have internet access, you can also register by phone at (929)484-4160.

These Chicago-area organizations are offering direct aid:

  • For those living with AIDS/HIV, or those on PrEP, AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Center on Halsted are offering financial assistance and links to medical and social services. Click here to be taken to AFC’s HIV Resource Hub.
  • Senior Rainbow Assistance Project is offering up to $250 to older adults for basic necessities like food and utilities. Click her to learn more, donate, or apply.
Covid 19 tips and to -do sheet
Our original Thrive with Pride site, from before the pandemic, is below, with lots of great resources and links to our partner sites. Keep scrolling!

Did you know?

The 2020 Census is here!

…With three ways to fill it out:

– online (go to

– by phone (call (844) 330-2020)

– by mail (fill out and return the paper mailing sent to you in late April)

This year, for the first time, you will be able to tell the Census that you are living with a same-sex partner (married or unmarried). If you are unpartnered, or do not live with your partner, it is still important that you fill out the Census. EVERY living person in the United States – regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, or any other distinction, should be counted. Stand up and be counted! Click here for more information about how the Census helps your Illinois community.

If you have questions or need assistance filling out the Census, call us to connect with a local partner: (800) 699 9043