We’re with Jussie

We’re with Jussie

Dear Affinity Family, 

We, at Affinity, are sending love and strength to Jussie Smollett and his family. We also send our best wishes for a full recovery. This brutal attack strikes at the very core of our fight as Black LGBTQ+people. Many of us are all too familiar with being targeted and being survivors of violence for being who we are. 

When the actions of leaders in this country are steeped in white supremacy, racism and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments, their silence and lack of action make their priorities crystal clear. 

We are heartbroken and infuriated. For years, Affinity has served on the Hate Crimes Coalition convened by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Incidents like this are under reported and disproportionately affect LGBTQ+ people of color. Affinity is committed to fight for the safety, protection, and voice of our communities. 

In solidarity,
Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director
Anna DeShawn, President, Board of Directors
Aisha N. Davis, Esq., Vice President, Board of Directors
Jas Thurmond, Treasurer, Board of Directors
Jessica Peters, Secretary, Board of Directors
Jovan Watkins, Board Director

This post was written by
Anna DeShawn is President of the Board of Directors at ACS.

1 Comment on "We’re with Jussie"

  • OTHA JETT says

    we have to stay on the authorities to be diligent in finding out who did this and make sure they are punished to the full extent of the law. if they get away with it, they’ll think they can keep doing it.