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AFC is seeking candidates for board membership

August 30, 2021

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 Chicago (AFC) is  looking for individuals who can help us achieve our goals of equity and justice by serving on our Board of Directors. ...
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AFC celebrates the “Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act” Becoming Law

August 20, 2021

On August 20, 2021 Governor JB Pritzker signed the Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act, which creates age-appropriate learning standards for public schools that decide to teach comprehensive personal health and safety education (grades K-5) and comprehensive sexual health education (grades 6-12).   “AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) thanks Governor Pritzker for signing...
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AFC’s Learning Circle Collaborative awards $72,000 to strengthen eight POC organizations

August 19, 2021

Today, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is excited to  announce the fourth cohort of the Learning Circle Collaborative (LLC) awardees inducted into the capacity building and technical assistance program (CBA). Grant funds will be used to support organizational infrastructure, leadership development, systemic capacity building and the delivery of culturally responsive community...
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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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“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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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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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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End of Session Report: 2021 State Legislative Session

June 7, 2021

By Timothy S. Jackson, AFC Director of Government Relations With a final gavel at  3:10 a.m., the 102nd Illinois General Assembly adjourned its Spring session on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. B lending the traditional bill debate from legislators on the Senate and House floors with new virtual committee hearings  and COVID-19 precautions,  the  hybrid...
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Digital drag shows: Pride in the age of COVID-19

June 1, 2021

By Ella Shapiro For over a century , drag has been an essential performance art within the LGBTQ+ community. While the roots of drag can be traced back to theatre performance in the late 1800s, the 1900s saw drag transform into a unifying space for the LGBTQ+ community in the face of oppression and criminalization. Drag shows have served as places to come together, be entertained, challenge...
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AFC and IL HIV Action Alliance celebrate Illinois Senate voting to end criminal penalties against people living with HIV

May 25, 2021

Today, the Illinois Senate voted to approve  House Bill 1063 , which would end criminal penalties against people living with HIV (PLWH). Under current law, PLWH face the threat of arrest, prosecution and incarceration even if they do not transmit HIV to another person. Additionally, PLWH may face longer sentences simply because of their HIV status.  “We are thrilled the Illinois...
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