CCT LGBT Fund Grant

CHICAGO BLACK GAY MEN’S CAUCUS RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE CHICAGO COMMUNITY TRUST

(CHICAGO – September 30, 2015) Today, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus (The Caucus) is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of the inaugural recipients of the LGBT Community Fund’s (The LGBT fund) IMPACT grant, by the Chicago Community Trust (The Trust).

“We are excited to be one of the first organizations to receive this prestigious grant,” said Erik Glenn, executive director of The Caucus. “This grant will support our strategic planning initiatives so that we are able to connect greater numbers of Black gay, bisexual, and same gender loving men to accessible health services.

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Love Fest 2014

Annual HIV Event “LoveFest” Cancelled

Government Funding Issues Play a Major Role in Decision

(Chicago, IL – August 11, 2014) Due to unforeseen government funding issues, the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus (CBGMC) is disheartened to announce that it will not host its annual HIV testing event, LoveFest, scheduled for Sunday, August 24th.

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NBHAAD 2014

As the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus commemorates National Black HIV/AIDS Day on February 7, 2014, we are taking a moment to highlight recent statistics and resources as they relate to Black gay / bisexual / same-gender-loving men.

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HIV/AIDS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS

  • There are an estimated 1.1 million persons living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the United States.
  • The African American community has the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States.
  • Compared with other races and ethnicities, African Americans account for a higher proportion of new HIV infections, those living with HIV, and those diagnosed with AIDS (CD4 count below 200).

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New HIV/STI Data Released

In January 2014, CBGMC partnered with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on its release of a new HIV/STI Surveillance Report, at a community roundtable at the University of Chicago Center for Care and Discovery. The report was based on data collected during 2013. More than 80 people, including individuals representing community-based organizations, social service and AIDS service agencies, medical providers and city residents, attended the formal presentation of the findings and shared feedback and ideas for next steps.

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Marriage Equality in Illinois

Members of the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus (CBGMC) urge all House members of the Illinois General Assembly to pass The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act!

As taxpayers and voters who reside in and have social networks in majority African American communities in northeast Illinois, we extend a special appeal to our elected officials in the state General Assembly’s Black Caucus on behalf of CBGMC members and allies, as well as our mutual constituents.

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