Close Up: LoveFest 2018

For the second year in a row, the Caucus celebrated Black Pride with our annual health festival, LoveFest. Hosted at The Promontory, a Hyde Park hot spot, nearly 600 Black same gender loving men connected with each other and agencies dedicated to our health.

We would love to thank all the organizations and people that helped put on LoveFest 2018: Chicago Department of Public Health, Equality Illinois, FZ Entertainment, Rails Entertainment, Janseen, Project VIDA, University of Chicago. Thanks to our performers: Otis Mack, Dj SupaMan, Lighthouse Church of Chicago Praise Team.

LoveFest is one of the biggest events that truly celebrate our community. Make sure you sign up for our email list to get all the details about LoveFest 2019!

 

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.

Close Up: Volunteer Orientation

All In This Together

Our program assistant Brandon, a recent volunteer himself, was charged with growing our volunteer program. Seizing this opportunity, we conducted our first volunteer orientation May 12th.

During this orientation we facilitated team building exercises for our volunteers to get a sense of what teamwork looks like inside the Caucus. We also put them through mini workshops led by two of our longest serving volunteers, Michael Lofton and Harold Gatewood. Harold talked about his experience with making new friends and what socializing as a Caucus volunteer was like. Michael expanded on what speaking and advocating for the Caucus during community events.

As the Volunteer Program continues to grow, more orientations and opportunities will be available for everyone to be apart of. If you’d like to get involved sign-up on our website today.

Sign-up Form Coming Soon!

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