Close Up: Chicago LGBTQA Black History Recognitions

History In The Making

February is the month when we honor our community members for their accomplishments and hard work. Together, Chicago Department of Public Health and Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus produced an event to thank our current Black LGBTQA heroes. We also acknowledged Caucus participants with our annual From The Heart Award.

Our honorees were community leaders in Chicagoland that inspire change and work daily to create visibility to our social and holistic needs:

  • Otis Richardson: Activist, entrepreneur, and proprietor of “Lavender Pop Greeting Cards”
  • Jamie Frazier: Activist and pastor of Lighthouse Church of Chicago
  • E Nina Jay: Activist, poet, and spoken word artist
  • LaSaia Wade: Activist, community organizer and founder of Brave Space Alliance
  • Bernard Jenkins: LGBTQA ally and pastor of West Point Baptist Church
  • Kentrele Mizrahi: LGBTQA youth activist and Legendary Father of Ballroom the House of Mizrahi

Special Memorial Recognition

  • Jackie Anderson: LGBTQA activist

From the Heart Awards

  • James Deloach: Activist, caucus volunteer, and Chicago Public School teacher
  • Sydney Thomas: Activist and strategist