Our Work

Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus mobilizes and empowers Black gay men and their allies to decrease new HIV infections and improve the overall health outcomes of our community. We specialize in creative and collaborative programming that promotes HIV testing, routine mental and physical health screenings, and risk reduction practices.

We design programs and pursue partnerships that reach a wide cross-section of our communities and reflect the social/economic diversity of Black gay and bisexual men.

In our work, we use many different names to describe ourselves and our community, such as gay, bisexual, same gender loving (SGL), down low (DL), and/or queer. Our partners also use the term MSM (men who have sex with men) to describe our community.

Programs

Love Fest

Our annual “edu-tainment” summer festival, in Jackson Park, provides hundreds of Black gay/bisexual men with HIV/STI screening and outreach, education and referrals to partner organizations. Performers are invited to entertain throughout the day. Recreation and physical health activities are also set up.

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Conversations with the Caucus Forum

Our quarterly community dialogues center on Black gay/bisexual experiences with topics like sexual health, brotherhood, safety, and aging. Audience members are able to share their thoughts, connection to local service providers, and prepared to strong advocating for their own health.

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Conversation: Retreat-Style

Our bi-monthly discussions about sexuality and healthy living as a black gay/bi male in today’s society. These all expense paid weekend retreats bring together men across Chicago to build new relationships.

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Conversations & Cookout

Our monthly reunions keep retreat participants connected via monthly get-togethers that continue explore topics brought up during the retreat.

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“Sex Talks”

Our experienced peer counselors offer men in our community personalized chat sessions to address any and all sexual health questions. During this time we can offer cultural sensitive risk reduction counseling, HIV testing, and links to HIV care programs in the area.

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South Side Stories Project

Together, with community partners, we’re bringing together the leaders of tomorrow to tell their own stories. This project uses digital storytelling to combine narratives, images, and music to create short digital videos that raise the voices of young people on the South Side of Chicago.

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Advocacy

We work to educate our elected officials on the issues of that affect our community and urge this to action.

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Publications

Our work makes sure that the larger community is up to date on resources, happenings, and person stories that reflect the reality of Black gay/bisexual life in Chicago. Find useful information right here at your fingertips, like with our newsletters and HIS Lifestyle Guide!

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Collaborations and Partnerships

We collaborate with advocates, providers and other allies to raise awareness among our community and address social issues that impacting their daily lives. Past events include:

  • Paragon Ball with University of Chicago
  • Screening and Q&A of The Skinny with several community partners
  • Civil Unions – Remixed panel with Affinity, Lambda Legal and the Chicago Urban League
  • “Stop Transmitting Silence” (with several community partners)
  • A Mirror to the Heart: Breaking the Stigma around HIV/AIDS (with Haymarket Center)
  • PrEP: Prevention Revolution or Magical Thinking? (with several community partners)
  • United in HIV (with Cyon Flare and Rae-Lewis Thornton)

 

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