About Us

Since 2005, the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus 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.

Mission: 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.

Staff

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Program Manager
erikg@chiblackgaycaucus.org
312-629-2988, ext. 12

With nearly a decade in the HIV/AIDS field, Erik has dedicated his career to the cause –supporting his friends, family, and community members affected by the epidemic. He facilitates and plans social programs, events, and forums for the Caucus. Education: Masters in Social Service Administration from University of Chicago

Seek me out for:
— Collaborations and upcoming events
— Volunteer opportunities
— Emergency needs

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Program Associate
jasong@chiblackgaycaucus.org
312-629-2988, ext. 12

Through grassroots outreach, Jason disseminates the newest and most relevant health messages to Black gay and bisexual communities. One of his many strong suites includes facilitation of group level interventions and initiating conversations about the needs of the men in our community. Education: Masters in Public Health from Argosy University

Seek me out for:
— RSVPs and on-site “living” arrangements
— Info about the Caucus

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Care Coordinator
charlesl@chiblackgaycaucus.org
312-629-2988, ext. 12

For 8 years, Charles has improved Black gay men’s quality of life through HIV awareness and access to care. His community, artistic, and academic work centers on illuminating unique challenges and resilience within our communities. Education: Masters in Fine Arts in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts and ABD in Northwestern’s Performance Studies Dept.

Seek me out for:
— HIV testing and risk reduction counseling appointments
— Referrals to community resources and health care

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Principal Evaluator
keithg@chiblackgaycaucus.org
312-629-2988, ext. 12

As a spoken word artist, HIV/AIDS activist, community journalist and researcher, Keith has been involved in the fight to curb the HIV/AIDS epidemics among Black men for more than a decade. He is currently a 3rd year doctoral student and Ford Foundation Scholar at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Education: Masters in Social Work with a concentration in mental health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seek me out for:
— Statistics around community health

Board of Directors

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

OFFICERS

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

DIRECTORS

David Dodd
Marcus Wilson

PAST CHAIRS

Craig Johnson
Keith Green
Ariq Cabbler
Karl Grant
Kevin Tindell


In the Press

The 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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