Pride Action Tank | Projects

Pride Action Tank’s projects focus on our six overlapping core issue areas: housing, health, safety, financial security, youth and aging.

Pride Action Tank brings together and supports the work of subject matter experts as well as people directly impacted by challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community to envision and realize practical and longer-term policy solutions.

Co-Creating Futures: A BIPOC LGBTQ+ Policy & Practices Summit

Day 1: Saturday, July 31 from 11:00 – 3:30 p.m. CDT

What does a future designed by and for our marginalized communities look like? And how do we create it? This summit is a call to all Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) LGBTQ+ Illinoisans to join us in answering these questions and mapping out a future that centers our communities and our voices.

Day 2: Wednesday, August 25 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. CDT

Day 2 of this summit is open to everyone, and will convene participants from Day 1, community members and other key stakeholders to help define the themes dreamed up at Day 1, create space to provide feedback on these themes, and gather new insights to inform plans for Day 3 of the summit.

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LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Housing


Tiny Homes Summit


Community Restroom Access Project

Public restrooms can be a source of stress and anxiety for ‪‎trans‬gender and ‪gender nonconforming‬ people. 

 CRAP is a group of concerned Chicagoans working with Pride Action Tank for new solutions to provide accessible bathrooms for all.

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YAS: Youth Advocate Solutions

Providing Hope and Healing: LGBTQ+ Youth Initiating Change Within Systems is day two of a two day summit. 

 Service providers, researchers and others, save the date for day two of the summit, April 18, 2019 (6 CEUs will be offered).

Housing Instability in Higher Education

On April 6, 2017, Pride Action Tank hosted a convening on housing instability on college campuses. The event was one in a series of activities PAT has organized around youth homelessness, beginning with the 2014 Youth Summit on LGBTQ+  youth experiencing housing instability.


Summit on Our Possibilities OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities took place on May 23 – 25, 2017. The summit was organized by a small, diverse planning committee that includes LGBTQ+ older adults.

Sick Time Ordinance

Pride Action Tank has partnered with Women Employed to address issues related to financial security in the LGBTQ+ community.

Ava raises awareness of youth homelessness .Young activist Ava Santos-Volpe, age 12, is a girl on a mission. While working on a class leadership project two years ago, Ava asked a youth homelessness advocate to visit her school to discuss Chicago’s youth housing crisis. After learning more, Ava decided she needed to help.

Programs and Community Conversations 

Kim L. Hunt, PAT Staff and guests spoke with activists and experts taking action for queer communities in Chicago and cover topics including restroom access, housing, aging, health care access, HIV prevention, employment, and much more.