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HEALS Act ignores devastating impact of COVID-19; Congress & Trump Administration must do better and fast!

August 3, 2020

The U.S. Senate Republicans’ HEALS Act ignores devastating impact of COVID-19 in Illinois and across the country. Congress and the Trump Administration must do better and fast!  Congress and the Trump Administration must come to an agreement now on enacting into law a COVID-19 relief package that is robust, equitable and utilizes the U.S. House Democrats’ HEROES Act as...
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The importance of self-care for communities of color

July 30, 2020

By Ashley Brown July is Minority Mental Health Month! Created in 2008, the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the distinct challenges faced by marginalized groups in accessing resources and care for mental illness. It is named in honor of Bebe Moore Campbell , an American author, journalist and teacher who advocated...
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AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

July 24, 2020

July 26, 2020, marks the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing the civil rights legislation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibiting discrimination of people with disabilities in employment, places of public accommodation, public services, telecommunications, and transportation--as well as state and government programs.  This landmark legislation provides...
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AFC remembers longtime supporter, Ron L. Fritz

July 17, 2020

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)’s Board and staff send our deepest condolences to Ron Fritz’s family and friends. Ron was a dedicated member of the AIDS Marathon Training Program and TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) for 15 years, in addition to fundraising for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. His devotion to advocating and raising money for people living with HIV and AIDS began after the passing of...
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Before you book your next gynecology appointment, read this (doctors, you too)

July 16, 2020

By Bailey Williams   It happens once a year: The pesky little reminder goes off in your phone letting you know it’s time to schedule your annual gynecology exam. You try to mentally prepare yourself, but this visit, your OB-GYN says something unexpected. “Have you heard of PrEP?” When you shake your head, she goes on to inform you that PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)...
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AFC launches new hotel project for people living with HIV who are experiencing homelessness

July 15, 2020

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is pleased to announce the launch of Hotel to Home, a project using available hotels in the region to serve people living with HIV who are experiencing homelessness. The goal of the project is to protect people living with HIV from COVID-19 by immediately moving them into hotels and then quickly connecting them to permanent housing options. The project, funded by...
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AFC seeks Board members to help achieve our mission

July 13, 2020

Are you interested in creating equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions? If the answer is yes, we have just the volunteer opportunity for you!  AIDS Foundation of Chicago is seeking candidates for Board membership. We’re looking for individuals who can help us achieve our goals of equity and justice by serving on the Board of Directors...
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Meet Tim Jackson: AFC's new Director of Government Relations

July 9, 2020

By Bailey Williams    Tim Jackson vividly remembers the first political campaign he worked on at age 12 in Jackson, Mississippi.   Tim was at home with his mother when they both heard a knock on their door. His mother went to answer it, and Tim observed nearby, listening to the conversation taking place. Their alderman was running for re-election and wanted their...
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Meet Abdul-Aliy Muhammad: a Black Queer Muslim HIV+ activist who has been fighting racism within LGBTQ+ spaces for years

June 26, 2020

Photo credit:  Louie Ortiz-Fonseca, The gran varones By Bailey Williams You might not know the name Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, but you probably know about Philadelphia’s More Color More Pride Flag: the one that expanded the colors of the original rainbow flag to include black and brown stripes with the traditional rainbow...
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Queer Bronzeville: A Short History of Black Queer Chicago and AIDS Activism, 1920-1985

June 22, 2020

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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