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Historically, Queer Prom has been a starting platform for new and emerging drag performers (Kings and Queens). Some of Chicago’s most celebrated kings and queens have done their first lip-sync on the National Museum of Mexican Art stage. Queer Prom is an event for LGBTQ youth throughout the Chicagoland area. Queer Prom is run grass roots – it’s very community driven! The event connects youth with local resources while having a fun time watching drag performances and building community.
When: May 20th, 2016
Where: Museum of Mexican Art – 1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Time: 7:00PM – 11:00 PM
RSVP –> http://bit.ly/1RKouaX
ALMA Chicago’s Youth Advisory Board host second annual “On The Table”
The Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) joined thousands of Chicagoland residents on Tuesday, May 10, to discuss how they can help unite the place they call home. In today’s society, this act of coming together has never been as crucial as it is presently. On the Table, organized by The Chicago Community Trust, connects people and communities of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. They believe that “[t]alking–and listening–to our neighbors is an important first step toward creating a more unified Chicagoland region. What you do matters. And when we come together as a community to learn from and with each other, we have the power to impact both neighborhoods and lives.”
Our last year’s ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change Scholarship recipient, Roberto Mendez, facilitated a great conversation, at Nightcap Cafe in Pilsen, about gentrification and how it affects our Latino and LGBTQ+ communities. The youth from YAB and invited guest discussed the different components of gentrification varying from economic, political, and communal contributions to the issue. Also addressed were the perceived positive and negative aspects on gentrification. Some possible ideas for creating awareness and change that were discussed by the group were systemic changes through government process and educating both people who move into communities, on cultural humility, and residents who may not be aware of how to prevent displacement or take advantage of the changing community’s resources.
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Last month I taped an interview with Ligia Granados from Univision Chicago. We talked about the importance of LGBTQ movement and visibility in the Latino community. The segment will air this Wednesday, March 2, at 10PM C.
El mes pasado grabé una entrevista con Ligia Granados de Univision Chicago. Hablamos sobre la importancia del movimiento LGBTQ y visibilidad en la comunidad latina. El segmento saldrá al aire este miercoles, 2 de marzo a las 10 pm C.
Chicago: QUEER BROWN VOICES, featuring Letitia Gomez, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, and Mona Noriega
January 21, 2016 at Women & Children First Bookstore in Chicago, IL.
Histories ofLGBT activism in the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s often reduce the role that Latinas/os played, resulting in misinformation, or ignore them entirely, erasing them from history. Queer Brown Voices is the first book published to counter this trend by documenting the efforts of some of these LGBT Latinx activists through authentic testimonies of their own lived experiences. For this event, three of the anthology’s co-editors, Letitia Gomez, Mona Noriega, and Salvador Vidal–Ortiz, will be joining us to discuss their work.Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Letitia Gomez volunteered with the 1977 farm worker march from Austin to Washington, while a student at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, she moved to Houston, where she began organizing with the Gay Chicano Caucus. In San Antonio, while working on her Master’s in Urban Studies at Trinity University, Leti helped plan a first Latina Lesbian retreat and participated in organizing the Gay and Lesbian Tejano Network before moving to DC to begin an internship with the federal government. She arrived just in time for the 1987 National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights. In the 1990’s, she was a president of ENLACE, a support organization for lesbian and gay Latina/os in the D.C. metro area, and one of the founding co-chairs of LLEGÓ, the first national Latina/o LGBT organization. She participated in organizing the 1991 National Lesbian Conference, held in Atlanta, and served on DC’s Civilian Complaint Review Board and Latino Civil Rights Taskforce. She served on advisory boards for the Lesbian Services Program of DC’s Whitman-Walker Clinic, the Rainbow History Project, and the D.C. Latino/a LGBT History Project. She served on the boards of D.C. Council on Women and AIDs, National Lesbian and Gay Health Foundation, AIDs Action, the Whitman Walker Clinic, Many Voices, and La Trenza Leadership. She also served as a member and later secretary of the D.C. Democratic State Committee.
Mona Noriega, since 20111 has served as the Chairman and Commissioner of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. The Commission works to address prejudice and discrimination, supports victims of hate crimes, and enforces the City of Chicago’s anti-discrimination laws. In 1993, Noriega helped open the Midwest office of Lambda Legal Defense, which advances the civil rights of LGBT individuals, and then returned to serve as Midwest Regional Director in 2001. In 1995 Mona co-founded Amigas Latinas, an organization committed to the empowerment and education of Latina lesbian, bisexual and questioning women. In 1999 Noriega was founding co-chair and senior bid consultant to bring the Gay Games to Chicago. Most recently Noriega organized the 2014 Hate Crime Summit hosted at UIC, recognized by Latinos Progresando 2015 Award, Center on Halsted’s 2014 Human First Award, Out For Work’s 2013 OUTstanding Individual, and was recognized by State’s Attorney Alvarez with the 2012 Community Service Award. Currently Noriega is a member of the LGBTQ Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Hate Crimes Coalition, serves on the board of Mujeres Latinas en Acción, and annually serves as an Honorary Co-Chair of Chicago Build the Peace Committee.
Salvador Vidal–Ortiz (Ph.D.), is associate professor of sociology at American University, where he also teaches for the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies program. His scholarship focuses on social issues of impact to LGBT people in the U.S. and abroad, with a recent Fulbright to conduct research among LGBT Colombians who have been internally displaced. He conducts qualitative research within and beyond his discipline, with research areas that include Race and Ethnicity, Migration, Transgender Studies, Gender and Sexuality in Santería (an Afro-Cuban religious-cultural practice), Queer Theory, Autoethnography/Personal Narratives, Body/Embodiment, Policy, and Cultural Studies on HIV/AIDS. As a scholar-activist for 25 years, he has contributed to NGOs including the National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization (LLEGÓ), The Funding Exchange, and the Puerto Rico AIDS Foundation. Dr. Salvador Vidal–Ortiz teaches for sociology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at American University in Washington, DC. As a scholar-activist for 25 years, he has contributed to NGOs including the National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization (LLEGÓ), The Funding Exchange, and the Puerto Rico AIDS Foundation.
IMPACT is proud to co-sponsor a community conversation with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, and the National LGBTQ Task Force around barriers to HIV Prevention and Care.
The conversation will take place Thursday, December 10th from 6pm to 8pm. It is a “Change Chat”, a facilitated discussion series created to engage advocates and community members in informal conversations on issues of importance to the Chicagoland LGBTQ community. Please pass this information along to your networks!
The event will discuss barriers to HIV prevention and care for the LGBTQ community, from geospatial barriers to testing and care to disparities in the continuum of care, to the lack of culturally-competent health care providers or training. Stigma, discrimination, disclosure, shaming, racial and gender inequity, stable housing, lack of medically-accurate information, misinformation, state and federal funding, access to affordable health insurance, lack of culturally-competent health care providers… Our communities face very real challenges to gaining much needed information and interventions that can help prevent HIV infection as well as access to care for those who become HIV+. This chat is a chance for dialogue exploring why these barriers exist and how we can work together to change these realities and improve prevention and care for all.
This event is sponsored by the Creating Change Conference, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program and the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. It will be held at the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Chamber offices at 3179 N Clark St.
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/
Feel free to reach out if you have questions about this event, or would like to support in any specific way!
Astraea Foundation honors three Chicagoans
2014-05-17 Windy City Times
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s 2014 Fueling the Frontline Awards, a first-of-its-kind event, was held in Chicago May 16 at the Mayne Stage Theatre in Rogers Park. Three Chicagoans were presented the award: Julio Rodriguez, Tracy Baim and the late Vernita Gray.
J. Bob Alotta, executive director of Astraea, also MC’d the event, and spoke with passion about the fund’s more than three decades of work nationally and internationally. She also promoted their “Fueling the Frontlines,” a three-year, $20 million campaign for global LGBTQI rights. The campaign will continue Astraea’s long tradition of funding cutting-edge LGBTQI-focused organizations through supporting activism, education and philanthropy.
Read full article, view photos and watch videos from the event here.
A New York-based alternative-to-detention project emerges to provide services to LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrant detainees