Chicago: QUEER BROWN VOICES, featuring Letitia Gomez, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, and Mona Noriega
January 21, 2016 at Women & Children First Bookstore in Chicago, IL.
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