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Band together, Illinois: AIDS Run & Walk Chicago unites thousands in the HIV community on Saturday, Oct. 1

July 29, 2016

This  year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago , emphasizing  the importance of unity and partnership in responding to health crises , will be held  on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 1 ,  at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Inspired by the kaleidoscopic effect of  last year’s  athletes donning  COLORbands  (elastic...
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What four days in DC and Chicago taught me about the LGBTQ community

July 28, 2016

by Jacina Sims What a weekend! Over the course of four days, I graduated with my Master of Public Health degree, traveled to DC among young leaders in the Black LGBTQ movement, and mourned as I heard about the horrible massacre in Orlando. As a Master of Public Health practicum intern at AFC, I have witnessed and been a part of many powerful moments. I enjoyed my time working...
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DNC includes landmark statement on HIV/AIDS in 2016 platform

July 26, 2016

By Ramon Gardenhire, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy As the co-chair of AIDS United’s non-partisan Public Policy, Elections Sub-Committee, and working in partnership with a coalition of nearly 70 organizations, I traveled across the country to meet with the presidential candidates to influence inclusion of HIV/AIDS policy language within each party’s platform and campaign...
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BudgetWatch: Springfield passes bill to fund the state through December

July 6, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon, everyone! I wanted to take a quick minute to update you all on the events in Springfield last week. The General Assembly (GA) came together on Wednesday and Thursday to pass a bill that partially appropriated for a short-term, stopgap budget. Governor Bruce Rauner has already signed this budget, SB 2047...
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"Que no estas solo": Beto comes out as an undocumented person living with HIV

July 5, 2016

Salud y Orgullo Mexicano project manager Gilberto Soberanis describes his physical and emotional journey across borders and boundaries, both literal and figurative. Edited by Mirhanda Alewine. Hear Beto tell his story in his own words (en español). In 1995, when I was 10, my mom, 2 year-old sister and I got...
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Stopgap budget passed in Illinois — but is it enough?

June 30, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is relieved  that the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Bruce  Rauner agreed  to  and passed a partial budget for FY 16 and a half-year, partial budget for FY 17 , which  begins  today ( Friday, July 1 ) .  The  agreed - upon budget includes an estimated 65% of funding for the 18-month period covering...
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Pride at Montrose forced to end early

June 27, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is extremely disappointed that Pride at Montrose was required by the Chicago Police Department to end entertainment early on Sunday, June 26. This historic Black LGBTQ event was an opportunity to celebrate pride and provide health care resources in honor of National HIV Testing Day. Though we acknowledge the event did not have the six-foot fence as described in...
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Chicago City Council overturns discriminatory bathroom provision

June 22, 2016

Today, the Chicago City Council approved an amendment to remove a provision in the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) that requires patrons to show a government-issued ID upon request to access public accommodations that are private in nature, including bathrooms.  “We applaud the City Council’s action today. Removing the discriminatory language towards transgender...
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A different type of homeless

June 20, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine The AIDS Foundation of Chicago's Corrections Case Management program aims to support detainees living with HIV as they transition from incarceration, providing them with case managers to help connect them to care and housing. Darlene Davis divulges her experiences with incarceration and HIV, explaining the impact of her corrections case manager. What does...
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