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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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Supreme Court Ruling Grants Temporary Relief or DACA Recipients

June 18, 2020

“While we are happy with today’s ruling that grants temporary immigrant relief for DACA recipients, we are well aware that the Trump administration may attempt to rescind the program at a later date,” says Timothy Jackson, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) Director of Government Relations. Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration wrongly ended...
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Until we are all free

June 16, 2020

By Aisha N. Davis, Esq., Director of Policy Na’Kia Crawford. Riah Milton. Dominique Fells. Nina Pop. Breonna Taylor. Priscilla Slater. Regis Korchinski-Paquet. Tony McDade. Oluwatoyin Salau. Rayshard Brooks. George Floyd. David McAtee. Ahmaud Arbery.  These thirteen names represent thirteen stories abruptly ended. Thirteen futures stalled. Thirteen unique lives, unique laughs,...
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Supreme Court Title VII Civil Rights Act Response

June 15, 2020

Photo by Zackary Drucker, The Gender Spectrum Collection Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in three separate cases that LGBTQ+ people are protected from employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   One of the cases, Harris Funeral Homes v. Stephens , addresses...
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Today and every day, Black Lives Matter.

June 2, 2020

Like so many of you, I am reeling after the last week and this weekend. WE ARE NOT OK. Our country, our city and many of us are not OK. In fact, chances are great that Black colleagues and friends are traumatized and exhausted. Due to instigation, provocation, and militarized law enforcement responses, many of this weekend's peaceful protests meant to honor George Floyd's...
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Are we all in this together?

May 28, 2020

“We’re all in this together.” It’s a phrase that has been embraced by companies, friends over phone or video, and even organizations like AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. It’s meant to spark the feeling that, even in these difficult times, we are all here for each other, supporting each other, as individuals and governments...
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For our communities, masks present a safety challenge

May 15, 2020

By Luricela Arguello  Many have uttered phrases expressing the vast differences in our lives during this new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Even in this world of significant challenges due to stay-at-home orders, one thing remains the same: Black and Latino/Latinx people continue to face disproportionate discrimination. Even in this health crisis, racism and bigotry still flourish...
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Censual Healing: Why LGBTQ+ folks need to get counted in 2020

April 1, 2020

It’s almost Census time, and while it might seem scary, the Census is important, safe, and easier to complete than you may think. by Anthony Ruth In 2010, Dan Savage started “It Gets Better,” Lady Gaga wore the meat dress, Oprah still had her daytime talk show, and everyone with a smartphone—which wasn’t yet everyone—was playing Angry Birds....
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Public charge rule goes into effect, invites discriminatory restrictions on dreams of permanent residency

February 24, 2020

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is disheartened by today’s news regarding the Trump Administration’s dangerous public charge rule . The U.S. Supreme Court’s dissolution of the Illinois statewide injunction, which prevented the new public charge rule from going into effect, now invites discriminatory restrictions on immigrants’ pathway to a green card.  As...
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The AIDS Foundation of Chicago Opposes the Trump Administration’s Medicaid Block Grant Plan

January 30, 2020

The Trump Administration is trying once again to take away our health care — this time with another attempt to block grant the Medicaid program.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance encouraging states to apply for waivers to block grant Medicaid funding at the state level. This guidance aims to dramatically restructure Medicaid, which provides...
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