CONGRATS Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Inductees!

CONGRATS Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Inductees!

The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame recently announced that 11 individuals and 1 organization will be inducted this year. Among the inductees are Affinity board alum, Barbara (“Robbie”) Smith and Phoenix Matthews, Affinity’s public policy advisor, Michael O’Connor, and Affinity supporters and partners, Jean Albright, Emmanuel Garcia, Gail Morse, and Lauren Verdich. Congratulations to all the inductees. The induction ceremony will take place 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. Read more at: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Chicago-Gay-and-Lesbian-Hall-of-Fame-to-induct-11-people-1-group-/52563.html.

Another Clean Audit

Another Clean Audit
We are proud to report that our financial house remains in order. Last spring we had another clean audit, which we are happy to share with you. The purpose of an audit is to provide an objective independent examination of the financial statements of an organization. Although Affinity’s budget is below the $300,000 trigger for an audit, we have had independent audits conducted since 2008 because it is important to us that we demonstrate that we are good stewards of the hard earned cash that our supporters donate to ensure that our doors stay open and the work gets done. You can see our audit here.

 

Affinity Executive Director Search Announcement

Affinity Executive Director Search Announcement

Affinity is searching for our next Executive Director! The Executive Director provides visionary leadership for Affinity, ensuring that it is serving the community in a manner consistent with its mission. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its strategic goals, financial objectives, and successful day-to-day operations.

Affinity Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals of color, LGBTQ individuals and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

To learn more about how to apply click here for the full job description.

 

Proud Parents Book Talk Event

Proud Parents Book Talk Event

Last Month the Affinity Proud Parents group held a book discussion event featuring guest Tina Fakhrid-Deen on her book “Let’s Get This Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents”.

 

Keep on the look out for more Proud Parents events through our newsletter or via social media.

 

Contact Talibah at proudparents@affinity95.org to learn more about the Proud Parents group

I’m Proud Too!

I’m Proud Too!

Last week, Affinity and Access Living hosted an event to celebrate the lives and experience of people of color who are disabled and within the LGBTQ community. Performer and activist, Nic K facilitated a critical discussion of impact of these intersectional identities and on how to support and love one another. The event was the kick-off for a monthly peer support group that will begin July 21st at Access Living.

 

Affinity On WBEZ

Affinity On WBEZ
We had a great discussion about Black LGBTQ people in Chicago on the Morning Shift on WBEZ Wednesday. Thank you to Kristen Kaza of Slo ‘Mo for arranging the interview and donating part of Friday’s ticket sales to Affinity, Deja Phillips for agreeing to be a youth voice and ally, Tony Sarabia for making us feel so comfortable, the WBEZ staff for being so welcome, and DJ Tess for great music.
If you missed the show, no worries. You can catch it by clicking on the link and scrolling down to the third story, http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-17/morning-shift-lgbt-dance-party-heads-south-112204.