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Evanston is committed to the equal rights and equal treatment of all residents, workers and visitors.

2014 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) Scorecard

2014 MEI Report

The City of Evanston earned the maximum for almost all criteria in six categories. Evanston and the City of Chicago are the only two Illinois cities to receive a score of 100.


Evanston Police Department Liaison

The Evanston Police Department appointed Commander Melissa Sacluti as Police Liaison for Evanston’s LGBTQ community. Commander Sacluti serves as a connection for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community as part of the City’s continued commitment to serve the diverse needs of all residents.

In addition to her current duties, Commander Sacluti is responsible for fostering positive relations between the LGBTQ community and the Evanston Police Department, and ensuring that police department policies remain sensitive to residents' needs.

To contact Commander Sacluti, email or call 847-866-5000.

City of Evanston LGBTQ Liaison

Erika Storlie serves as the LGBTQ Liaison for the City of Evanston. The liaison acts as a key connector to the community by providing information, referral services, guidance, coordination, and technical assistance to residents.

Feel free to contact the LGBTQ Liaison if you:

  • Are an LGBTQ resident of Evanston
  • Have an LGBTQ child in Evanston
  • Want to get involved in Local Government
  • Have a concern about LGBTQ health, safety or rights in Evanston

To contact Erika Storlie, email or call 847-448-4311.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Testing

Howard Brown Health provides free community HIV and STI screening in Evanston

Services include HIV prevention counseling, rapid HIV screening (finger prick), and confidential syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia screenings.  Screenings are offered at the Evanston Public Library in the Small Community Meeting Room (first floor),  1703 Orrington Ave from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month.  No appointment is needed. 

The 2019 dates for this program are listed below.

January 14          July 8

February 11        August 12

March 11             September 9

April 8                  October 14

May 13                 November 11

June 10                December 9

 Visit for more testing sites and information.

LGBTQ Resources

NU Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
1999 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL
847-467-0556 | Website

The Gender and Sexual Resource Center works to provide a safe space and act as hub for organizations, resources, services, and programs of interest to the LGBTQ and Ally community at Northwestern. Our aim is to increase visibility and awareness of issues surrounding gender identity/expression and sexual orientation by uniting existing community entities and developing our own educational and outreach-oriented programming.

Howard Brown Health
4025 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL
773-388-1600 | Website

Howard Brown Health Center exists to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.

Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Office
105 W. Adams, 26th Floor 
Chicago, IL312-663-4413 | Website

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL
773-472-6469 | Website

Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood.

LGBT National Help Center 

Providing free and confidential telephone and internet peer-counseling, information and local resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning callers throughout the united States.

PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois


PFLAG promotes the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten the ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.  PFLAG provides an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity to create a society that respects human diversity.

Angles Pride Youth Program

1779 Maple Street, Northfield, IL
847-441-6191 |
Our Pride Youth Program is open to all youth in grades 9-12 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). It is also open to youth who are questioning their sexual orientation. Pride provides a safe and confidential space for LGBT youth to build community and support each other. The program meets at three locations each week: Evanston, Northfield, and Palatine. Erschel De Leon, the program director, facilitates the group, and dedicated adult volunteers provide additional support, input, and guidance.