Center on Halsted hosted the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Of Chicago Safe Space Day May 5. As part of the event, former openly gay NFL football player Wade Davis and writer/educator Darnell Moore spoke about their YOU Belong sports and leadership camp for LGBTQ and allied youth.
YOU Belong will present a series of athletic and leadership development camps across the country. The first such camp will be in Chicago July 25-28, for youth ages 14-24.
Davis and Moore are collaborating with The Center for Gender, Sexuality, and HIV Prevention at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and the Center on Halsted as well as with national LGBTQ sports movements such as You Can Play Project and Outsports. The Chicago Department of Public Health is also working with the men. The camp will also feature professional basketball players from the WNBA's Chicago Sky and the NBA.
Davis and Wade said they are filling a void in the community. They say there are no athletic clinics designed specifically as safe spaces for LGBTQA youth in the U.S.
For more info see www.youbelonginitiative.com .
View video by Tracy Baim here: www.youtube.com/watch .