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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Pride At Montrose Shut Down

Reposted from DNAinfo
June 26, 2016
By Ariel Cheung

“Chicago Police effectively canceled Pride at Montrose on Sunday, forcing organizers to turn off music and shut down stage performances due to a barricade they said was too short — but organizers and participants believe the shutdown was racially motivated.

Activists expressed outrage Sunday night, dismayed that what could have been the ‘best’ Pride at Montrose in two decades of the event would not be realized.

‘We were peaceful, we were beautiful. But it didn’t matter,’ organizer Erik Glenn wrote on the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus Facebook page. ‘The CPD knew they wanted to shut us down before the event even started. Black people everywhere know we are judged as violent before we even begin.'”

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Pride at Montrose at Cricket Hill

Reposted from Fox 32 Chicago News
June 24, 2016

“Cities all over the country are celebrating Pride Month with a wide range of celebrations including right here in Chicago.

And while the Pride Parade is set to step off on Sunday, there will be a separate event for the black LGBTQ community.

Here with a preview of Pride at Montrose is Erik Glen, executive director of the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, and Imani Rupert-Gordon, executive director of Affinity Community Services.”

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