Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

CDPH hosts '50 Years Since Stonewall'
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2019-07-01

This article shared 2797 times since Mon Jul 1, 2019
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Publisher, producer and LGBTQ activist Tracy Baim gave the keynote address at the Chicago Department of Public Health's ( CDPH ) LGBTQ Health & Outreach Program's Pride Health reception, "50 Years Since Stonewall: Collaborating to Achieve Health Equity," June 28 at the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall.

CDPH LGBTQ Health & Outreach Liaison Antonio King opened the evening's festivities with the line that he said his mom uses to describe his job—"they pay me to be gay." In addition, he spoke about his 15-year history with CDPH and how proud he is to do this work. He explained that the balloon towers that were present throughout the venue represented the many Pride flags that celebrate the various identities in the LGBTQ community.

"My responsibility is to bring visibility, voice and viability to those LGBTQ family members who have not always been consistently represented or acknowledged," said King.

King introduced special guest Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who spoke about the Stonewall Uprising and the roles that transgender icons Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera played during that time. Lightfoot said there is still so much work to be done toward full equality across the country. She explained that, unlike many LGBTQ people during that time, when she came out to her parents in the 1980s they were immediately loving and accepting.

Lightfoot conveyed a grim statistic to the crowd: that 11 transgender people have been killed across the country during this calendar year. She explained that there is still an extremely high rate of LGBTQ youths experiencing homelessness, especially among Black and Latinx youth, adding that this is unacceptable. She explained that efforts need to be accelerated to achieve the goal of HIV-infection elimination by 2027.

Lightfoot said she took an HIV test at a Southside Walgreens the previous day for National HIV Testing Day to raise awareness and encourage others to get tested. She explained that health equity is the key to everyone, no matter who they are, getting the healthcare they need. [Editor's note: More info about that event is at WindyCityMediaGroup.com .]

Baim—who is the founder and owner of Windy City Times as well as publisher of The Chicago Reader—outlined the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic that began in 1981. She said media bias against most of the people with HIV/AIDS was evident immediately. Baim explained that then President Ronald Reagan ignored the epidemic.

"In 1984, when Chicago had fewer than 100 diagnosed cases of HIV/AIDS, I started work at GayLife newspaper," said Baim. "We started to see our friends and colleagues, advertisers and community members get diagnosed and many of them die within days. At times gay newspapers had several pages of obituaries."

Baim spoke about the many organizations that stepped up to help with the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Chicago including Howard Brown Health, Gay Horizons ( now Center on Halsted ), Open Hand, Kupona Network, Project VIDA, Chicago Women's AIDS Project, Chicago House and AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

"Political activists were fighting back horrible legislation, including quarantine bills," said Baim. "Funeral homes would not take bodes, dentists would not treat those with HIV and landlords kicked out surviving partners."

Baim said there were many people that pushed back against this discrimination during that time including Bobbi Campbell, Dan Turner and others that led to the creation of The Denver Principles. She explained that these principles are still applicable today and encouraged everyone to find them online. Baim also spoke about three notable Chicago men who died of AIDS and the work they did—Robert Ford, Dr. Ron Sable and Danny Sotomayor.

"There are approximately 35,728 people living with HIV in Illinois and 19,704 of them are in Chicago," said Baim. "In Illinois nearly 47 percent are African America, 27 percent are Latino and 19 percent are white. As of this year, we have lost about 700,000 people to HIV/AIDS in this country alone. This is more than the combined losses in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War and in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Baim said the fight to end HIV/AIDS is a war that some still do not acknowledge to this day, despite the high number of deaths from the disease.

Chi City Foods and DAB of Consulting Founder Xavier ( they prefer to only use their first name ) and social-justice activist Pat McCombs were also featured speakers.

Xavier said it is important to think about those LGBTQ individuals who are the most vulnerable and what can be done to help them. They explained that their work centers on making local produce available in every neighborhood because it is a social and economic strategy that will help everyone's mental, reproductive and sexual health.

McCombs—an anti-discrimination activist for more than 35 years—said, during the 1980s, being an advocate included leading the social network gathering organization Executive Sweet alongside Vera Washington after the founders stepped aside. McCombs also spoke about the work of late activists Jackie Anderson, Vernita Gray and Renae Ogletree within the LGBTQ community as well as the efforts of Affinity Community Services and the Lesbian Community Cancer/Care Project ( the latter which has merged with Howard Brown Health ).

CDPH Acting Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady spoke about CDPH LGBTQ Health & Outreach Program's beginning in the early 2000s and the Getting to Zero campaign to eliminate new HIV infections.

"The policies that protect LGBTQ Chicagoans are policies that protect the rights of all Chicagoans … to achieve health equity," said Arwady.

Read the keynote remarks in full at www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Moments-in-the-Public-Health-Response-to-AIDS-CDPH-LGBTQ-Outreach-Keynote-June-28/66482.html .


This article shared 2797 times since Mon Jul 1, 2019
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

WORLD Court rulings, Dutch apology, trans candidates win, Global Black Pride
2021-12-05
Botswana's Court of Appeal upheld a 2019 ruling that decriminalized gay sex, effectively striking off two sections of the penal code that had outlawed homosexuality, according to Reuters. Before the 2019 High Court ruling, which was ...


Gay News

Canada's House of Commons unanimously votes to ban conversion therapy
2021-12-02
Canada's House of Commons voted unanimously to ban so-called LGBT conversion therapy, the BBC reported. The legislation would make it illegal to have a child undergo the practice or have anyone unwillingly undergo it. Conversion therapy—which ...


Gay News

AIDS Garden Chicago supporters, CDPH official commemorate World AIDS Day with event
2021-12-01
AIDS Garden Chicago supporters and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) commemorated the 34th annual World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 at the Belmont Yacht Club with a sneak preview of the garden. The 2.5-acre ...


Gay News

Lambda Legal to Justice Kavanaugh: Not in our name
2021-12-01
--From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a case that has the potential to directly or effectively overturn landmark precedent protecting the right ...


Gay News

CDC: Tougher restrictions set in response to new COVID variant
2021-12-01
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the United States is moving to require that all air travelers entering the country show a negative COVID-19 test performed within one day of departure in ...


Gay News

COVID Two states and territory come off Chicago's travel advisory
2021-11-30
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) removed two states and Guam from its weekly COVID-19 Travel Advisory on Nov. 30. No new states were added to the advisory, which now stands at 38 states. California, ...


Gay News

HRC encourages LGBTQ+ people to sign up for health insurance plans
2021-11-29
--From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is encouraging LGBTQ+ people to sign up for health insurance as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's Services (CMS) kicks off its LGBTQ+ Theme Week (Nov. 28 - ...


Gay News

Five Worth Finding: World AIDS Day, 'Benedetta,' books, wine in a can
2021-11-26
—World AIDS Day event at Belmont Harbor: —The Chicago Parks Foundation will hold a World AIDS Day event on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m., at the Belmont Harbor Yacht Club. Antonio King, LGBTQ health and outreach liaison ...


Gay News

New COVID variant discovered in South Africa
2021-11-26
Global authorities reacted with alarm to a new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, with the European Union and Britain among those tightening border controls as scientists tried to find out if the mutation was vaccine-resistant, ...


Gay News

BIPOC LGBTQ+-led orgs and spaces adapt to continued effects of COVID-19
2021-11-25
s the world continues to grapple with the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some BIPOC LGBTQ+-led bars and community-building organizations have adapted by implementing increased safety protocols and strengthening ...


Gay News

COVID Chicago's travel advisory back up to 40 states and one territory
2021-11-24
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) added two states to its weekly COVID-19 travel advisory on Nov. 23. The advisory stands at 40 states and one territory. Connecticut, whose daily COVID Case rate per 100,000 ...


Gay News

WORLD HIV case, Ireland items, Kim Petras, actress' illness
2021-11-21
A woman in Argentina has become only the second documented person whose own immune system may have cured her of HIV, NBC News noted. Researchers have dubbed the 30-year-old mother, who was first diagnosed with HIV ...


Gay News

COVID U.S. opens boosters for all adults
2021-11-20
On Nov. 19, the United States, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), allowed COVID-19 booster shots for all adults and took the extra step of urging people 50 and older to seek one, ...


Gay News

HHS acts to prevent discrimination, strengthen civil rights
2021-11-19
--From a press release - Washington D.C. — Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR), announced actions to further ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+ equality in nine Illinois municipalities detailed in Human Rights Campaign Index
2021-11-18
--From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, in partnership with The ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.