LGBT Ally Network

What is an ally?

Being an ally on gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender issues is the process of working to develop individual attitudes, institutions, and culture in which gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people feel they matter. In doing so, allies also work to end homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism.

The University of Illinois has several Ally networks. Allies are invited to join any and all that seem appropriate. And if there isn't a group that fits you, please talk to email about starting one.


Ally Networks & Groups

Faculty, Staff, Student Ally Network

The LGBT Resource Center and the Queers & Allies Committee of the Counseling Center (formerly SODA) offer LGBT Ally Trainings and Transgender Ally Trainings throughout the year. Below is a list of this academic year's training dates. These trainings are open to faculty, staff, and students. Because of limited space, registration is required. Please email if you have any questions. Location Clark Hall, Room 134B (unless otherwise noted)


Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Basic LGBT Ally Training
9 am – 12 pm

Monday, July 10, 2017
Trans Ally Training (Location: Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana IL 61801)
1 pm – 4 pm

Friday, September 29, 2017 (Location: SDRP/Ikenberry Commons Room 2003) 
Basic Ally Training
9 am - 12 pm

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (Location: SDRP/Ikenberry Commons Room 2003)
Advanced Ally Training
1 pm-4 pm

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (Location: Turner Student Services Building, Room 44 on garden level)
Trans Ally Training
1 pm - 4pm


Thursday, January 25, 2018 CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED TO 2/1/2018
Basic Ally Training

Thursday, February 1, 2018 RESCHEDULED (originally 1/25/18)
Basic Ally Training
9 am – 12 pm @ Clark Hall, Room 134 B

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Advanced Ally Training
1 pm – 4 pm @ Illini Union, Room 406

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Trans Ally Training
9 am – 12 pm @ Clark Hall, Room 136B

La Casa Cultural Latina Allies

Latino/a students and staff who provide safe space and support for LGBT students. For information, contact Alejandro Gomez, Clinical Counselor at the Counseling Center, at

Asian American LGBT Allies

An affinity group of the Asian American Cultural Center for people who

  1. affirm the experiences and rights of LGBT people;
  2. seek to learn more about the intersection of LGBT and Asian American identities; and
  3. choose to challenge homophobic values to provide effective support.

For more information, contact Asian American Cultural Center Assistant Director, Kenny Importante at