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Upswing Advocates

Upswing Advocates is a research-focused training and coaching organization that uses a collaborative, individualized approach to build skills and resilience in ways that strengthen and support the LGBTQIA community in Chicago and surrounding areas. Our work centers the experience and expertise of the individual, and is rooted in affirmation via access to resources and support. Our goal is not only to empower people, but to engage in work to dismantle systemic barriers to affirming care. Upswing Advocates works to remove any barriers to services by providing all programs and group support using sliding scale fees, by providing spaces that are accessible, and by using multiple spaces and remote options so that programming is convenient for people across the city.


Upswing Advocates conducts research that prioritizes consent, respect, and inclusion, with a focus on topics that will make a real-world difference for people in the LGBTQIA community. In addition to research and direct strength-based services, Upswing Advocates offers trainings that provide support and ongoing skill development for helping professionals working with individuals who are LGBTQIA.

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