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AFC mourns the passing of Ed Negron

July 26, 2021

A IDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) mourns the passing of Ed Negron who was a former staff member, photographer and fierce advocate for the Puerto Rican community, chairing the  first Latino/a /x LGBT Pride picnic in 2006. He supported the health and wellness of  people who use drugs and  consistently championed the LGBTQ+ community, particularly the bisexual+...
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Remembering Debra La Joyce Thornton: Longtime housing advocate, woman of faith and mother

July 26, 2021

By Bailey Williams Longtime housing advocate Debra La Joyce Thornton, age 64,  passed away Thursday, July 1. Debra is survived by her mother, four children and three grandchildren she loved dearly.  Described by many as  extremely hardworking and dedicated, Debra spent the last two decades helping hundreds...
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Learning the Art of Living: My Uncle Kevin’s Legacy

July 15, 2021

By Hannah Kopach, AFC  associate board member and co-captain of the associate board’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2021 Team  Ever since I was asked to write a piece for  AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)’s blog, Inside Story, about my Uncle Kevin, I wasn’t sure where to...
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AFC welcomes four new associate board members

July 14, 2021

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)’s  associate board includes young professionals and emerging leaders who are passionate in the fight for HIV/AIDS services and prevention in the Chicagoland area. Members of the associate board act as ambassadors for AFC by taking part in fundraising, community service and advocacy activities that create health equity and justice for...
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“Our legacy is our people”: Celebrating the legacy of the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus

July 1, 2021

By Bailey Williams I n the summer of 2005, party promoters, bar and bathhouse owners, government representatives, community leaders, health providers and Black gay, bisexual and same gender loving men convened at what was formerly the Ramada Inn on 47th Street and South Lakeshore Drive to...
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Living Our Best Sexual Lives in the After Times

June 24, 2021

By Jim Pickett,  Senior Director Prevention Advocacy and Gay Men’s Health  at  AIDS Foundation Chicago The last time I  wrote  about safer sex and pleasure during COVID-19  – last April (in other words, three lifetimes ago)  –   I focused on lots of tasty treats on the sexual menu .  ...
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First-ever Getting to Zero Illinois Community Grant Program awards $350,000 in grants

June 17, 2021

T oday, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is thrilled to join Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) in announcing the grant recipients for the first-ever Getting to Zero Illinois Community Grant Program, a pool of grants totaling $350,000. Fourteen organizations across the state have each received one-time grants of up to $30,000 for new projects that will help...
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Naming and celebrating bi+ identities during Pride and beyond

June 15, 2021

By Lauren B. Beach, JD/PhD @laurenbbeach  The term “ Pride” is synonymous with the history of protest and celebration for the liberation of LGBTQIA+ people and communities. Little known, however, is that the origins of Pride have  bisexual   roots .  In 1969, Black and Brown transgender women, including Marsha...
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COVID-19 Resource Center

June 14, 2021

Safety Guidance Testing Vaccines Access and Distribution Suggested Readings Additional Resources Safety Guidance CDC: How to protect yourself & others CDC: Fully Vaccinated Guidace COVID Testing   Chicago Department of Public Health Howard Brown Health Vaccine education, access and information ...
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Coming out and how it led me to advocacy

June 8, 2021

By Danie  Muriello  Everyone in the LGBTQ+ community has a coming-out story. I am a 69 -year-old transwoman, and I’d like to share just the beginning of mine. A little more than six years ago on a very ordinary Sunday afternoon, I was leisurely reading the paper, something I did almost every Sunday. One of the sections I really liked ...
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