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Welcome to the Phoenix Center

We are Central Illinois’ LGBTQ Center offering various groups, public health services, training, social & educational events and transitional housing. There is a lot of information on this site so please take time to look around. If there is something that you are looking for but cannot find, please call us at 217-528-5253. Thanks for visiting our site!

— Jonna J Cooley PhD, Executive Director 

OUT East

Our new site at 704 S. Dirksen Parkway is now OPEN! Services provided include HIV/HCV/STD testing, condom distribution, harm reduction supplies, Narcan (including training), referrals for other services including housing and LGBTQ+ services. We will soon be offering a harm reduction group and a recovery group at this location. Stop by and check us out!
Mon-Thu 2-8 p.m.
Fri 4:30-8p
Sat 11a-3p

Drag Brunch

Pride Drag Brunch will be held June 30, 2024 at OUT East at 704 Dirksen Parkway. A ticket includes seating in the Drag Show tent, brunch catered by Conn’s Catering, drag show from 11a-1p starring Mahogany Knight, Sharon Sharealike, Summer Breeze, DeVonne Knight and Kaelani Knight. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including Mimosas and Bloody Marys will be available from Clique. Coffee and water provided. Get your tickets now as it will sell out quick! $50 per person.

Donate To Make A Difference!

Many people ask “What is the best way to donate? Cash donations help us help us provide services and purchase items needed that are not covered by grants….or you can donate items from our wish list! Click HERE to see the WISH LIST!


Want to know more about what is going on at The Phoenix Center, what groups are meeting, what events are coming up, how to meet LGBT people..? Sign up here to keep up to date via email!


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We are in need of personal hygiene products, men’s and women’s underwear and socks, t-shirts and sweatshirts, and liquid or powder laundry soap. Thank you!

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We can ship you condoms & lube, in-home HIV test kit and NARCAN! Just click on what you want below and complete the form. CONDOMS HIV TEST KIT NARCAN  

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Our Work

Check out this video of the amazing work being done by Phoenix Center staff!

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