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Meet our new Senior Manager of GTZ-IL, Christian Castro!

May 17, 2022

By Livvie Avrick Introducing Christian Castro, our new Senior Manager of GTZ-IL! Christian comes from a dynamic background of community mobilizing and human rights activism. His most recent work involved coordinating and managing the RADAR project, a NIH-funded study that is the largest longitudinal cohort of YMSM, young transgender women and nonbinary people...
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Kim Hunt’s Innovative Approach to Storytelling Creates Lasting Systemic Change in Illinois and Beyond

May 9, 2022

I am excited to introduce my colleague Kim L. Hunt to you – Kim has led AIDS Foundation Chicago’s Pride Action Tank (PAT) as Executive Director since its inception seven years ago and also serves as Senior Director on AFC’s Policy & Advocacy team. I want to share with you how Kim’s innovative approach to storytelling focused on individual joy and resilience of LGBTQ+...
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How living with HIV impacts my dating, intimacy, and joy

May 5, 2022

By James Cotromanes LGBTQ+ Sexual Roles vs. Social Perception The perception of HIV and the stigma of this chronic condition connects to the misconception of the sexual role of one who is gay or bisexual. In heterosexual relations, a woman is much revered for her beauty and femininity, and the man for his handsomeness and masculinity. Regarding HIV transmission, there...
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Kennedy Bradley shares a Thank You Letter to the GTZ-IL community

April 13, 2022

By Kennedy Bradley Hello, GTZ-IL Community! After nearly 2 years, I have made the decision to resign from my position at AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) as Getting to Zero Illinois’ (GTZ-IL) Community Outreach and Education Specialist. My last day is April 18, but before I start my new career journey, I wanted to spend a moment to express my gratitude for this community...
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Meg McElroy looks back on how AFC made her feel like a whole person

March 24, 2022

By Indigo Quashie Meg McElroy, former Manager, Policy and Advocacy On March 10 th , 2022, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) said goodbye to a wonderful team member, Meg McElroy, as she takes her next career step. She worked at this organization for the past three and a half years as the Manager of Policy & Advocacy. Although she was known for her work on Getting to Zero...
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Meet AFC’s new Board and Associate Board members

March 3, 2022

Meet AFC's new Board of Directors members AFC welcomes eight new members to it's board and associate board. Tanya Lopez (she/her/hers) joined the AFC board in 2022. She currently serves as the Director for the Council on Medical Education for the American Medical Association (AMA). Tanya provides leadership in all aspects of the work of the Council, which reviews and proposes...
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“We Stayed Open.” Project Vida utilizes GTZ-IL's Community Grant to support Black Gay, Bisexual men in the face of a pandemic

February 8, 2022

By Indigo Quashie Jerome Montgomery, Executive Director of Project Vida Content warning for topics involving sexual violence and drug abuse. 20 years ago, if you saw Jerome Montgomery, then an electrical engineer and software developer and were told he would become the Executive Director of an organization that fought to support Latino and Black gay, bisexual, and...
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AFC announces first-ever Racial Equity Action Plan on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7, 2022

AFC Board Chair Craig W. Johnson, photographed by Bailey Williams   By Bailey Williams CHICAGO--Today, on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is announcing its first-ever racial equity action plan, a three-year plan intended to heal past harms and achieve racial equity within AFC and the Center for Housing and Health (CHH)'s...
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AFC Statement on Gov. Pritzker’s State of the State and Budget Address

February 3, 2022

Speaking under the dome of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker delivered his annual State of the State and Budget address on February 2, 2022. Acknowledging that the state “continues to battle an invisible enemy [COVID-19]”, Governor Pritzker outlined his $45.4 billion Fiscal Year 2023 budget that includes substantial investments in education,...
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AFC presents its 2022 State Legislative Policy Priorities

February 1, 2022

AIDS Foundation Chicago ( AFC) is proud to announce its 2022 state legislative policy agenda . G rounded in racial health equity, t hese legislative priorities are and will help advance the goals and priorities of the Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.  W e are extremely grateful for the collaboration of the...
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