Trendsetters To Watch

Reposted from RIZEUPmagazine
March 11, 2017

“Since it’s inception, the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus has been setting trends. It also has a rich history of leadership development with National Youth Pride Services, electing several of it’s young adults to chair youth committees over the years, as well as, co- sponsoring many socially forward events with NYPS back in the day.

That was then, this is now. 2017 looks to be another amazing chapter for this group.”

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Black History Month is every month

Reposted from Windy City Times
March 8, 2017
By Ramon Gardenhire

“But for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) family, our focus on Black history and improving the future of Black and brown people doesn’t just happen in February—it happens every day of the year. We stand alongside the communities most burdened by HIV: young gay and bisexual Black men, transgender women of color and Black cisgender women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, in 2015, African-Americans accounted for 45 percent of all HIV diagnoses, though they make up only 12 percent of the U.S. population.

How do we aim to reverse these alarming trends and support the Black community? By uplifting Black liberation through my team’s policy and advocacy work. By defending the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid from destruction. By uniting with organizations that support Black communities in Chicago, like the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus. By making Black lives a priority not just during February but every single day.”

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Kevin’s Room notes 15 years

Reposted from Windy City Times
By Gretchen Rachel Hammond
February 22, 2017

“National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Feb. 7 saw a celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the release of the film Kevin’s Room. The event was held at the Baton Show Lounge in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Hosted by the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus alongside event sponsors the Chicago Department of Public Health, the evening was as much a joyous look back on the making of the groundbreaking work as it was a sobering look at the exploration of the challenges still faced by the Black gay and queer community around which the narrative of the profound, funny and deeply moving drama is based.”

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Organizers gear up to build coalitions

Reposted from The Chicago Reporter
November 15, 2016
By Melissa Sanchez

“Days after Donald Trump’s unexpected presidential victory, local grassroots advocates for racial and social justice began to look past his win to the next step: how to advance a progressive agenda under a president who is hostile to their issues.

‘We have this figure now [in Trump] who helps us see how our causes align and how the fight for social and economic justice isn’t always so dissimilar between our communities. We can work on all of this together and at the same time,’ said Erik Glenn, executive director of the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus.”

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Chicago LGBTQ Mourn Progress

Reposted from DNAinfo
November 10, 2016
By Ariel Cheung

“Despite the numbness and disbelief, crestfallen members of the LGBTQ community found solace in one another following Tuesday’s election of Donald Trump as president.

‘We’re all tapping into the same energy,’ said Erik Glenn, an organizer with the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus. ‘We need time to process and mourn this idea that we were moving in this direction of justice and morality.'”

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