In 2005, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus (CBGMC) was established by the collective efforts of Black gay community organizers and officials within the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to address the overrepresentation of Black gay men in the HIV epidemic.

In 2005, CBGMC was established by a group of Black gay leaders whose demographics spanned socioeconomic status, age, gender, and HIV status. They represented a cross-section of the community which included faith leaders, performers, and party promoters. They came together through their common frustration that the public health industry had failed to reduce HIV rates among Black gay men.

Their initial goal was to address the underrepresentation of Black gay men in city-wide public health decisions by amplifying our voices, insights, and priorities.

At that time, 46% of Black gay men were diagnosed with HIV in the United States. Centers for Disease Control data showed that African Americans were often diagnosed at advanced stages of their illness, leading us to die from AIDS-related complications sooner than any other domestic racial group.

In 2015, CBGMC adopted new strategic priorities, recommitting ourselves to the system change necessary to guarantee Black gay men unfettered access to quality healthcare. Staff facilitate and implement these priorities, led by our executive director.

In 2016, we updated our mission to embrace a more holistic view of HIV: To advance health equity among Black gay, bisexual, and same gender loving men by developing community-centered leadership and innovative programs. As a “by us, for us” organization, we believe that preventing new HIV infection and ensuring effective healthcare for those living with HIV can only succeed through community-informed models of work.

Past Board Chairs

  • Ronald Wadley
  • Craig Johnson
  • Keith Green
  • Ariq Cabbler
  • Karl Grant
  • Kevin Tindell

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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.

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