At a Glance: November 2018

How We Give

Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus was thankful for partnerships this month. While planning for 2019, we attended a number of citywide trainings and community events.

Take a look at our November activities:

Chicago Bisexual Community Forum
Chicago Bisexual Health Task Force is a new group dedicated to improving the lives of bisexual individuals. The taskforce held a forum for community leaders and institutions to brainstorm and share ideas with one another.

Getting to Zero Steering Committee In-Person Meeting
As co- chair of the Health Care Access committee, our executive director worked alongside the others to create the first full draft of the Getting to Zero plan together.

Open Enrollment Digital Roundtable at AFC
AIDS Foundation of Chicago hosted a digital roundtable all about Open Enrollment for the Black SGL community. Our Program Assistant Brandon Maurice Wright was one of the panelists on the table.

Americorps Training
As Americorp gains a new cohort of interns, The Caucus provides a cultural responsiveness training for them as they go through the program. Our executive director Erik Glenn leads the cohort through various exercises and discussions.

Party Boi Discussion (Black Alphabet Film Festival)
Michael Rice’s Party Boi film held a panel discussion after its premiere at this year’s Black Alphabet Film Festival. Our executive director Erik Glenn was one of the many panelists that discussed imagery the film and the impact of crystal meth on Black sgl men.

Paragon Ball
The University of Chicago and the House of Paragon teamed up for their 8th Paragon Ball this year galvanizing the House/ Ball community. The Caucus has been a proud sponsor of the Paragon Ball for those 8 years of community connectedness.

Close Up: BarbeQueen

You Betta Werk

During AIDS Run & Walk 2018, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus unveiled BarbeQueen, a new take on the classic backyard barbeque, to support our programs. Amongst many events, BarbeQueen was hosted by our board member Lora Branch and Simone Koehlinger was a huge success!

Together with a team of Caucus volunteers, they assigned each guest a historic queen- from Diana Ross ro Rupaul- and asked to show their BarbeQueen spirit.

Guest enjoyed performances by four of Chicago’s top Drag artists: Ruff N Stuff, Dakota LadyGotti Monroe, Cleo Pockalipps, and Iyanna Frantz.

Our Barbequeens donated nearly $5,000.

We thank our all of our queens and supporters for coming Barbequeen and helping us reach our AIDS Run & Walk goal.

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Close Up: 3rd Annual State of LGBTQ Health Symposium

Our Executive Director, Erik Glenn spoke at Northwestern’s Annual State of LGBTQ Health Symposium. The symposium highlighted the different functions of intersectionality and LGBTQA race issues in our communities.

Along with his co-panelists, Kristiana Rae Colón and Aymar Jean Christian, he explored the dynamics between race, system level forces, and basic needs that can’t wait. We also learned about the steps that we must continue to uphold in our work and how we can support one another.

Close Up: No Ashes A Night with Darnell Moore

Ashes and Survival

To kick off Chicago Black Pride, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus welcomed our good friend author and activist, Darnell Moore back to Chicago to talk about his new book No Ashes In The Fire. We lined up cluster of events called out to our community in different ways due to their different interest. This event that brought forth all of the audiences questions and thoughts in a interview and Q&A toward the end.

Darnell and our Executive Director Erik Glenn took a moment to deeply dive into topics like managing family dynamics and realizing your sexual identity.

We hope to bring more events like this for our community to talk about our journeys with each other and understand our similarities and differences.

Close Up: Pride Parade 2018

Say it loud, BLACK, GAY, AND I’M PROUD!

This year we reached new heights as forty-seven same gender loving Black Men and allies marched in solidarity during Chicago’s Pride Parade. The Caucus was the largest by us for us Black organization in the Pride Parade. Check out our recap video to hear us chant our mantra: “Say it loud, Black, Gay and I’m Proud.”

The Saturday before the parade we held a prep rally, where we handed out our agency tank tops and made signs to carry.

Join us next year when we’ll march with even more love and unity.