The Blackprint – A Virtual Leadership Series

The Blackprint – A Virtual Leadership Series

A Plan for Building the Leadership Capacity of Black LGBTQ+ Women Leaders

Register Today!

Black women, communities of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with intersecting underrepresented identities are less likely to be in top leadership roles. This means, people that face the most discrimination are often not in positions to determine what is needed to help their communities thrive.

In this virtual leadership series, experts will share how they were able to excel in their fields, and the obstacles they had to overcome to be successful in their work. Each webinar will be live so participants will have an opportunity to ask questions on the spot.

After the webinar series, Affinity Community Services will produce a toolkit to provide resources for organizations dedicated to recruiting and retaining individuals with underrepresented identities. If you choose to share your LinkedIn profile, you will be included in a networking group that will post positions by individuals and organizations that have a commitment to inclusive hiring practices.

Featured Speakers

Charlene Carruthers
Kate Kendell
Mary Morten

The Blackprint: Building Organizing Power
Date: Thursday, July 05, 2018
Time: 12:00pm CST

The Blackprint: Building Economic Power
Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018
Time: 12:00pm CST

The Blackprint: Building Political Power
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Time: 12:00pm CST

The Blackprint: Building Executive Power
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018
Time: 12:00pm CST

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A Message from Anna DeShawn: Affinity’s New Board President

A Message from Anna DeShawn: Affinity’s New Board President

To say I’m honored to be the new Board President of Affinity Community Services is an understatement. Affinity has been a cornerstone in the Chicago LGBTQ community for nearly 22 years and she continues to thrive. Back in 2002 I was introduced to Affinity through the XPU drop-in program. This was a drop in specially for young people. I was nervous and hesitate but Renisha, Peaches, & Felicia welcomed me with open arms.

All of us have an Affinity story. Some are funny, some make us cry, but all of them remind us how important Affinity is to our lives. Affinity is the common thread that binds us together.

I wanted to take a few moments and share my Affinity story with you.

I grew up on the Southside of Chicago where I was unsure if being my authentic self would be fully accepted. As I grew up and went off to predominantly white universities I longed for a larger community that looked like me and shared similar values. Thank God for Google. I searched for black lesbians in Chicago and found Affinity.

I was away at school and every break I would tell myself all types of reasons why I couldn’t go. What if someone sees me? What if my parents find out? What if.. well eventually I stopped the what if’s and just went. The XPU drop-in was happening and I was going to go. I did and 12 years later I’m still here.

When Kim asked me to join the Board there were two questions I kept asking myself, “What if Affinity didn’t exist?” and “What am I doing to help sustain it?” The “what if” questions came back and really hit home. What if Affinity didn’t exist? What if the founders & initial supporters weren’t brave enough to demand space and visibility for Black lesbians on the Southside. What if Affinity had to close and I didn’t do my part to help sustain it. I wrote Kim back and started the process of becoming a Board member. I’m still here and if you’re reading this you are here with us.

You are Affinity. I am Affinity. We are Affinity and we need you to be an active participant in the sustainment of the organization. We need your time, talent, and treasures. Make the decision to give today. Your continued support is what makes us great!

I’m Anna DeShawn and #IAmAffinity.
President, Board of Directors

p.s. Feel free to leave me a comment or email me directly at anna.deshawn at affinity95 dot org. I’d love to hear from you.

Affinity’s 1st Casino Night Fundraiser

Affinity’s 1st Casino Night Fundraiser

Join Affinity Community Services for our first ever Casino Night Fundraiser!

Black Gold has something for everyone! We’ll have a raffle and a silent auction, a live DJ and dancing, and the casino game winner, will take home the FIRST EVER, Affinity Community Services Black Gold Trophy!

VIP includes access to VIP reception from 7:00-8:00PM, unlimited drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, and plenty of funny money to play the casino games.

General admission includes 3 drink tickets, passed hors d’oeuvres, and some funny money to play the casino games.

Reduced admission includes 1 drink ticket, passed hors d’oeuvres, and little funny money to play the casino games.

See you there!

Pride Events 2017

Pride Events 2017

Affinity Pride Calendar

EVENT

ORGANIZATION LOCATION TIME/DATE

Proud Parents Family Friendly Picnic

Affinity Community Services 8300 S. Western Sunday,
June 11; 10am

Trailblazers Potluck

Affinity Community Services 2850 S. Wabash Ave. #108

Wednesday,
June 14; 5:30PM

The WOMB @Affinity

Affinity Community Services 2850 S. Wabash Ave. #108

Thursday,
June 15; 7:00PM

Artemis Singers Concert

Artemis Singers Concert & Dance
w/e. nina
5650 S Woodlawn

Saturday,
June 17; 7:00PM

CAN TV—Pride Episode Affinity Community Services Cantv.org;
Check TV listing

Friday,
June 23; 6:30PM

48th Annual Pride Parade City of Chicago Lakeview

Sunday;
June 25th, 12:00PM

Chicago Pride Calendar

Out in the Field: Slushies and Science
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

PRIDE Day at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Trans Community Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes benefiting YEPP
Thursday, June 22, 2017
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Frat Night: Pride Edition
Thursday, June 22, 2017
9:00 PM

Back Lot Bash 2017
Parking Lot Behind Cheetah Gym, Andersonville
Friday, June 23, 2017
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The Queen’s Brass Ball(s): A Celebration of Pride
SPiN Chicago
Friday, June 23, 2017
9:00 PM

Gaywatch – Searching for Pride
Fri, June 23, 2017 10:30 PM through Sat, June 24, 2017 12:00 AM

Urbano Blatino Pride Party
Friday, June 23, 2017
11:00 PM

30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes
Friday, June 23, 2017
11:30 PM

Proud to Run 2017 10k Run & 5k Run/Walk
600 W Montrose Harbor Dr
Saturday, June 24, 2017
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Back Lot Bash 2017
Parking Lot Behind Cheetah Gym, Andersonville
Saturday, June 24, 2017
12:00 PM

Chicago DYKE MARCH 2017!
Piotrowski Park: Little Village, Chicago
Saturday, June 24, 2017
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

June Queer Contra: Pride
2nd Unitarian Church
Saturday, June 24, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Gaywatch – Searching for Pride
Saturday, June 24, 2017
10:00 PM

Neverland Pride at Metro: DJ PAULO
Sat, June 24, 2017 11:00 PM through Sun, June 25, 2017 5:00 AM

You Only Live Once More: Pride Spectacular (2nd Annual)
The Frontier
Saturday, June 24, 2017
11:00 PM

30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes
Saturday, June 24, 2017
11:30 PM

48th Annual Chicago Pride Parade
Uptown and Lakeview Neighborhoods
Sunday, June 25, 2017
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Back Lot Bash 2017
Parking Lot Behind Cheetah Gym, Andersonville
Sunday, June 25, 2017
12:00 PM

30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes
Sunday, June 25, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Yee-Haw! 90s Country Music Night!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
8:00 PM

Frat Night: Pride Recovery Edition
Thursday, June 29, 2017
9:00 PM

2017 Chicago Black Gay Pride
Various locations, CHicago
Friday, June 30, 2017
10:00 PM – 2:00 AM

June Queer Contra: Pride
2nd Unitarian Church
Saturday, July 29, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

We’re Moving On Up

We’re Moving On Up
Hi Affinity!
We have some exciting news to share with you!
As many of you know, the offices that Affinity operates out of hasn’t worked for our programs, and we have been looking to move for some time. Well, the time has come, and Affinity is moving to the Bronzeville neighborhood! The fight for racial justice and LGBTQ equality is woven throughout Bronzeville’s history, and Affinity couldn’t be more proud to be serving our community and becoming a part of this legacy. As of Friday, August 12th, our new address is:

2850 S. Wabash Ave. #108, Chicago, IL 60616

This new location boasts over 3200 square feet, is accessible by public transportation, has a free parking lot and gender neutral bathrooms. This move represents a new beginning for Affinity. For the first time in several years we have the room to support the events and activities that we currently offer, while still having space to create new and exciting programs.
We are thrilled to start this journey with you! Please keep an eye out for our open house event to celebrate our new location.
Thanks for allowing us to share this news with you, and for your continued support of Affinity!
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