Burning Bowl 2020 “Homecoming”

Burning Bowl 2020 “Homecoming”
Join us for our annual Burning Bowl event! This year we’ll gather to celebrate Affinity’s 25th year together! We’re burning the old and setting in motion the positive changes we want to see in ourselves, our community and the world. 

When:  Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 1:00 – 4:00PMWhere: Charles Hayes Center, 4859 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, 60615Cost: Free, lunch served 
Save time and RSVP now instead of Saturday!

If you register by 12:00PM on Friday, January 10th, you will be entered to win an Affinity shirt with our new branding! 


Ann-Morgan Rowell to receive the Robbie Smith Award!  
Ann Rowell is is a longtime Affinity supporter, and peer leader for Affinity’s longest running peer-led group, 40 Plus. 


The Drum Divas are Back! 
The Drum Divas are a dynamic collective of women who have come together to rejoice in the art of percussive music. Drum Divas focus is to create original drum songs with a goal of planetary healing.  


A Poetry Reading from e. nina jay!  e nina jay defines herself as a black womon lesbian poet.  Her desire is to break silences around the many different forms of violence against black gurls & womyn.


Keynote Address by Imani Rupert-Gordon
Affinity’s Executive Director will deliver the Keynote address and her farewell to Affinity!

Affinity Executive Director Announcement

Affinity Executive Director Announcement

For release: December 17th, 2019                           
For more information: Anna DeShawn
Anna.DeShawn@affinity95.org, 773.324.0377

Affinity Community Services Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon to step down to become the Executive Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights

Chicago – The Board of Directors for Affinity Community Services announces the resignation of Imani Rupert-Gordon as Executive Director, as she leaves Chicago to become the Executive Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in San Francisco.

Rupert-Gordon has served as Executive Director for four years and leaves with significant accomplishments building on the legacy of the oldest non-profit organization in the country that provides a mission focusing solely on Black LGBTQ women. Rupert-Gordon’s last day with Affinity will be February 14th, 2020.

During Imani’s tenure at Affinity, the organization saw an increase in foundation funding, and a 400% increase in individual giving. Additionally, under Rupert-Gordon’s guidance, Affinity hosted the inaugural virtual leadership development program, the Blackprint Summit; increased the number of participants in the HIV prevention education program (COIL); and expanded the programmatic offerings to engage a broader base of younger women. “Imani will be sorely missed at Affinity and in Chicago. We are so grateful for all of her efforts on behalf of Black queer women, and we know she will continue making a difference on the national level at NCLR,” stated Anna DeShawn, Affinity Board Chair.

“I’ve gained so much from working at Affinity; it has been the most rewarding work I’ve ever done,” says Rupert-Gordon. “Being part of Affinity’s legacy has been an incredible honor.”

The Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Christina Smith, PhD as the Interim Executive Director of Affinity Community Services. Chris is one of the founders of Affinity, and brings a combination of community engagement, program management, and executive leadership that will provide great continuity during the transition. As Chris stated, “It is a rare opportunity to be able to build upon work that I helped set in motion several years ago as the organization prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020. I am very proud of all that has been accomplished and look forward to supporting the incoming leader.”

Morten Group LLC, a national consulting firm, has been retained by Affinity to lead the executive search.

About Affinity Community Services

Affinity Community Services is a social justice organization serving the needs of the Black LGBTQ community of Chicago with a particular focus on Black women.

Trans Clothing Swap

Trans Clothing Swap

Today was a great day at Affinity. Folks felt affirmed as we learned quick ways to fold shirts and taught each other different knots to tying a tie. We talked about the fit and gave advice about what works. Folks went home with suits and dresses. Today was successful and we are proud to bring an event like this to the Affinity space.

Here is a Spectrum member trying on a shirt that went well with their boots!!

3rd Annual Black Gold Casino Night

3rd Annual Black Gold Casino Night

What a success!

Black Gold had something for everyone! We had raffles, a live DJ, and dancing. Plus, for the first time, we honored the top 3 casino game winners. This means 3 people took home a coveted Affinity Community Services Black Gold Trophy this year!

A big thank you to everyone who supported Black Gold.

Check out some of the pics!

Affinity’s State of the Union

Affinity’s State of the Union

Affinity’s State of the Union is your opportunity to hear what Affinity is working on and how you can get involved!

Did you miss it?
View the slides here and watch the video below.

Buy Your Tickets for Black Gold 2019 Here!

Buy Your Tickets for Black Gold 2019 Here!

Join Affinity Community Services for our Casino Night Fundraiser!

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

VIP admission includes access to the VIP reception from 7:00-8:00PM, passed hors d’oeuvres, and plenty of funny money to play the casino games. You must purchase a VIP ticket to attend the VIP reception.

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

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

See you there!