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Affinity Community Services (Affinity) is a social justice organization that focuses on health and wellness, leadership development, and community building. Our core constituents are Black lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women and LGBTQ youth of African descent in the Chicago metropolitan area; however, much of our work addresses needs and issues related to the broader LGBTQ and Black communities.

Nearly 20 years ago, Affinity was born out of the desire of out Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals to bring visibility to their presence on the south side. Through the efforts of an ad hoc committee and supporters, the group successfully petitioned to march in the Bud Biliken Parade, a south side institution and, at the time, the largest parade in the U.S. After that accomplishment, members of the committee thought there should be an organization to continue social justice work on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities. Affinity Community Services was born as a result of their hard work as well as the courage and sustained efforts of other groups before them.


Honors and Recognitions
  • 2014 – BMO Harris Lions Pride Community Organization of the Year
  • 2012 – PrideIndex Esteem Award for Outstanding Social Service/CBO
  • 2010 – Honored for 15 Years of Service to the LGBTQ Community, Richard M. Daley, Mayor
  • 2005 – Lynn Campbell Memorial Award, Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice
  • 2004 – Community Empowerment Award, Richard A. Devine, Illinois State’s Attorney
  • 2003 – National Affiliate Award, Women In the Life Association
  • 2002 – Rainbow Spirit Award, New Spirit MCC
  • 2002 – Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame Induction, Richard M. Daley, Mayor
  • 2001 – Bayard Rustin Award for Social Organization of the Year, Greater Chicago Committee
  • 2001 – Audre Lorde Legacy Award, Union Institute in Washington, DC
  • 2001 – Friends for Life Award, Howard Brown Health Center
  • 2001 – Outstanding Community Contributions Award, Lesbian Community Cancer Project
  • 1999 – Bayard Rustin Award for Outstanding Community Service, Greater Chicago Committee
  • 1999 – Ron Sable Award for Outstanding Community Activism, Crossroads Fund
  • 1998 – Bayard Rustin Award for Social Organization of the Year, Greater Chicago Committee