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Affinity kicks off 20 year celebration with Burning Bowl
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2014-12-21

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[UPDATE: As of Jan. 3, 2015, the location of this event is being changed and will be announced soon.]

Chicago, IL — Affinity Community Services will kick off its 20th year anniversary celebration with their annual Burning Bowl event on January 10, 2015. For more than a decade, Burning Bowl has been an opportunity for those in the LGBTQ community, particularly Affinity's predominately women of color base, to fellowship as they reflect on past goals and events and create goals for the New Year.

The program is from 1:30 pm — 3:30pm and includes a keynote by Phoenix Matthews; entertainment featuring the Drum Divas and M'Reld Green; and the ceremonial "burning bowl" — the symbolic release of attachments to what no longer serves positively in our lives. Brandee Dyson of E3 Radio will serve as mistress of ceremonies. If anyone has pictures to share from Affinity events over the years, please e-mail them to jas.thurmond@affinity95.org with "Affinity Pics" as the subject heading. Include a brief description of the event and the names of all pictured in the photograph.

This year's Burning Bowl initiates a series of events that celebrates Affinity's twenty years of service as a social justice organization working with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies. Affinity's recent initiatives include lobbying and rallying at the state capital for marriage equality; conducting a summit for LGBT homeless youth; programming centered on HIV/AIDS prevention and support; and DOMA and immigration policy work.

Affinity's mission is to identify emergent needs, create safe spaces, develop leaders, and bridge communities through collective analysis and action for social justice, freedom, and human rights. There are social groups and activities geared for LGBTQ seniors, parents, and all others interested in community interactions. Find out more about the organization at www.affinity95.org .


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