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AFC and Lambda Legal sue Trump administration over ban on speech about systemic racism, sexism, and implicit bias

November 3, 2020

Update, Nov. 17: Lambda Legal last night urged a federal district court to bar the Trump administration from implementing its recent executive order that prohibits federal contractors and grantees from conducting workplace diversity trainings or engaging in grant-funded work that explicitly acknowledges and confronts the existence of structural racism and sexism in our society. ...
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Craig Johnson, longtime advocate for Black and LGBTQ+ communities, appointed as next AFC Board Chair

October 29, 2020

By Bailey Williams  This month, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)'s Board of Directors voted Craig W. Johnson as the next AFC Board Chair. Craig has served on AFC’s Board since 2017, and most recently worked as Board Vice Chair and Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee.  "I have so much respect for AFC as an organization and the team of dedicated individuals...
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Meet the new members of AFC’s Board of Directors

October 28, 2020

Derrick Kimbrough joined AFC’s Board in 2020. He has worked as a teacher and an administrator in public education for the past 17 years. In his current role, he is responsible for the successful implementation of daily activities, including teacher coaching, program evaluation and school-wide professional learning. He previously worked for a government agency leading community and media...
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Here’s why LGBTQ+ Illinoisans should care about this election

October 27, 2020

By Mike Ziri, (he/him), Director of Public Policy at Equality Illinois   “2020 is the most important election of our lifetime.”  You’ve probably heard that a lot this year, and it’s true. And not just because of the presidential election.  The 2020 election should matter to LGBTQ+ Illinoisans for 3 big reasons that you may not realize:...
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Dramatic shifts in the Supreme Court could upend the legal rights of many Americans

October 22, 2020

By Colleen Connell, Executive Director of ACLU Illinois  The news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death just weeks before the 2020 General Election solidified for many the role that Supreme Court of the United States will play – likely with an expanded conservative majority – in addressing numerous civil rights and civil liberties issues that affect our lives.  ...
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Some young gay men of color found it easier to adhere to bimonthly injections rather than daily pills in recent PrEP study

October 20, 2020

By Bailey Williams Currently, there are two FDA-approved pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs available for HIV-negative people looking to prevent HIV transmission. These include Truvada, a generic equivalent to Truvada from Teva Pharmaceuticals (just made available October 1), and Descovy. Each of these drugs typically require daily dosing - meaning individuals take one pill each day coupled...
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Seven things to know about the proposed Fair Tax Illinois constitutional amendment

October 8, 2020

In the coming weeks, Illinois residents will vote on an amendment to the state Constitution that will transform for the better how the state taxes each resident's income. Fundamentally, this will make your taxes fairer.   Currently, all residents are taxed on a non-graduated or flat rate of 4.95%. For example, a person making $35,000 per year is taxed the same percentage of...
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Protect the Affordable Care Act this election

October 6, 2020

By Timothy Jackson, AFC’s Director of Government Relations  What’s at stake is a question that many political pundits are opining and asking as the nation approaches the Nov. 3, 2020, general election. From the volatility of the economy and the civil unrest surrounding police brutality and racial injustice to the nation’s lack of coordinated response to the COVID-19...
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AFC remembers Timothy Ray Brown

October 5, 2020

“I met Tim in 2014 at an HIV cure workshop in Chicago. He talked extensively of how he suffered from cancer and the bone marrow transplant he received – which treated the cancer and almost incidentally cured him of HIV. Tim was a trailblazer, plain and simple, and he taught me and the world how challenging it is to cure HIV. But there’s good news – with powerful HIV medications...
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How I took civic action as an election judge, and how you can too this year

October 2, 2020

By Gary B. Beringer, Dr. P. H. Co-Chair, Policy & Advocacy Committee, AFC Board of Directors  I am an epidemiologist. Today, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my profession now is understood by many people who inquire about it. This is the backstory of an important occurrence in my rehabilitation from a stroke.  In October 2003, I had the first of my four strokes over...
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