About Us

Since 2005, the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus (CBGMC) has addressed the unique set of negative health outcomes affecting our community, with specific attention to the HIV epidemic. We have identified local policy and programmatic solutions through building a body of knowledge around the underlying causes of risk and acquisition.

We bridge the existing gaps between traditional health care providers and non-traditional providers (i.e., club/party, faith, business) that serve Black gay and bisexual men. Our partners are invaluable assets in measuring and making more visible the HIV burden among Black gay and bisexual men in Chicagoland.

We work to strengthen the places we call home.

Purpose & Goals

CBGMC works to improve the general livelihood of Black gay/bisexual men, with specific attention to sexual health concerns, such as HIV/STI testing and treatment. Our goals are:

  • To decrease new HIV infections and improve overall health outcomes, through creative and collaborative programming that promotes HIV testing, routine mental and physical health screenings, and risk reduction practices
  • To recruit and cultivate new leaders in HIV prevention and care in Chicago who are sensitive to our community
  • To improve health care utilization among HIV infected adults and adolescents

Mission, Vision & Values

To mobilize and empower Black gay men and their allies to prevent new HIV infections by addressing the well-being of Black men who have sex with men.


In 2005, a five-city study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 46 percent of the Black gay and bisexual men surveyed were HIV positive. Though this data did not include men from Chicago, community leaders with the support of the Chicago Department of Public Health mobilized into action. Together they planned the first Love Fest.

On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2006, the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus (CBGMC) was formally launched. The National Association of States and Territories’ AIDS Directors (NASTAD) “Call to Action” report was used to create the initial framework for our programming.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus (CBGMC), so as to support the organization’s mission and goals.


Ronald Wadley,  Chair
Lora Branch, Vice Chair and Secretary
Sidney Thomas, Treasurer


David Dodd
Marcus Wilson

CBGMC recognizes the dedication and leadership of those individuals who volunteered their time, passion, and expertise as champions of CBGMC’s mission and goals by making a difference in Chicago’s Black gay community.
Ariq Cabbler
Karl Grant
Keith Green
Craig Johnson
Kevin Tindell


Erik Glenn, Program Manager
Jason Griggs, Program Associate
Charles Leonard, Program Associate

In the Press

The Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus takes pride in the work and relationships we have in the community.

Please browse below for a sense of the recognition that we have found in the press.


Surveillance Shows Improvements in HIV Prevention Awareness in Chicago (Huffington Post)
November 30, 2012

Trice: A more holistic approach to health care for LGBT community
Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus helps people find more culturally sensitive and competent health care (Chicago Tribune)

September 19, 2012

AIDS: Black Gay Men’s Caucus responds to rise in AIDS cases in young men (Windy City Times)
August 8, 2011

Caucus hosts ‘Conversations’ (Windy City Times)
January 12, 2011





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