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Remembering Miss Courtney Eshay Key

March 3, 2021

By Bailey Williams Courtney  Eshay Key, age 25, was shot and killed Christmas Day , 2020 . Courtney, a Black trans woman, is survived by her mother, brother, and sister , who loved her dearly . “I know for a fact that Courtney just wanted to thrive,” said longtime friend Beverly Ross. “She just wanted to beat the odds and become...
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Remembering Miss Tyianna “Davarea” Alexander

March 3, 2021

By Bailey Williams Tyianna “Davarea” Alexander, age 28, was shot and killed Saturday, Jan. 6, 2021 in a car with her best friend Brandon Chris, who also died. Tyianna, a Black trans woman, is survived by her sister and mother, who loved her dearly. Born and raised in Chicago, Tyianna attended Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and graduated from CPS’ Harper High School...
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The Magic of Dr. Mildred Williamson

February 25, 2021

By Kennedy Brookins When I agreed to write a post about Dr. Mildred Williamson, who most recently served as the Executive Director of HIV Services at Ruth M. Rothstein's CORE Center, I thought this would center Mildred ’s career — the accomplishments, metrics and awards. And let’s be clear, she’s got all of those. But as I started talking with Mildred and her...
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HB 3653 and the path toward increased community safety

February 23, 2021

by Timothy Jackson, Director of Government Relations AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) applauds Illinois Governor JB Pritzker for signing House Bill 3653, the Illinois Criminal Justice Omnibus Bill —landmark legislation that brings significant criminal justice reforms to Illinois. These reforms include the end of cash bail, new police accountability standards, and new pretrial release...
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Proposed state budget misses the mark in addressing racial health disparities

February 22, 2021

2021 AFC State Budget Address Statement  Standing at the site of a former makeshift hospital on the Illinois State Fairgrounds used to treat those afflicted with the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker delivered an unconventional — and virtual — State of the State and Budget Address on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Speaking in a room used to administer COVID-19...
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Flexible Housing Pool helps young families experiencing homelessness find permanent housing

February 17, 2021

By Bailey Williams  Shortly after having her son in 2019, Robin Petites found herself without stable housing. Her son stayed with his grandparents, while she couch surfed at friends’ apartments or slept in her car.    Robin’s household was just one of many families with children experiencing homelessness in Chicago. In 2018, the last year for which U.S. Census...
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Remembering AFC Board Member Gary B. Beringer, Dr. P.H.: loving husband, man of science, epidemiologist

February 5, 2021

By Bailey Williams  Longtime epidemiologist Gary B. Beringer, Dr. P.H., age 70, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 27 at his home in Chicago, IL. Gary, an only child, is survived by his wife, Nancy M. Abbate, who worked alongside Gary in business as well as life.   Gary had an excellent memory and continued aptitude for learning new things, but his body was breaking...
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The Editor’s Desk: Why we created and maintain a community-informed style guide

February 4, 2021

By Bailey Williams  For those of us who write, it is necessary to scrutinize not only the truth of what we speak, but the truth of that language by which we speak it. - Audre Lorde  A few weeks after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis and protests galvanized the nation, the Associated Press Stylebook—the language and style guide most news outlets and many others...
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Organizations need to support newer advocates making community change

February 3, 2021

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published in conjunction with the Building Power Through Advocacy media training on January 29, 2020. By George M. Johnson Social media has allowed us the space to share important information in the form of a tweet and within minutes reach millions throughout the world. As it continues to grow as the leading force that is driving news...
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Queer Bronzeville: A Short History of Black Queer Chicago and AIDS Activism, 1920-1985

February 2, 2021

By Tristan Cabello Bronzeville is often thought of as one of Chicago’s most prominent, African-American neighborhoods, but it was also home to a vibrant, well-accepted queer culture that emerged in the 1920s. From State Street to Cottage Grove Avenue, along 43rd and 47th Street, Bronzeville’s commercialized and jazz-influenced urban culture offered African-American queers several...
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