The Phoenix Center opened in 2001 as a safe space for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth to meet. Since those early days we have expanded to provide other programs and services. Current services include:

      • LGBTQA Youth Group
      • Free HIV, Hepatitis C Testing, Condoms
      • Billy’s House Transitional Housing Program
      • Community Education & Outreach
      • SHaRI Project (Springfield Harm Reduction Program)
      • Counseling & Support Groups
      • Springfield PrideFest

If you are in need of a particular service that we do not offer, please feel to call us – maybe we can provide a referral or help you in some way!

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Phoenix Center Board & Staff

NOVEMBER 20, 2014 – 6:00 p.m.

Phoenix Center Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. This event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the Remembering our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in early 1999. These events led to the establishment of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

On November 20th the Phoenix Center will hold a Transgender Day of Remembrance event at 6:30 in the Center’s conference room. This event will include various guest speakers and a reading of the names of those who have died in the past year due to anti-transgender violence with the message that interpersonal violence of any kind will not be tolerated in Sangamon County.

“All who have died due to anti-transgender violence are to be remembered and all transgender individuals in our community are to be supported.”

Jonna j cooley, phd ~ Phoenix Center Executive Director