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Black LGBTQA event 'Recognitions' Feb. 23

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The Chicago Department of Public Health and the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus are hosting "The Chicago LGBTQA Black History Recognitions" on Friday, Feb. 23, at the South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan Ave., 6-8 p.m.

Honorees will include activist/Lavender Pop Greeting Cards creator Otis Richardson; Lighthouse Church's Pastor Jamie Frazier; poet/activist/spoken-word artist e. nina jay; trans activist LaSaia Wade; Bernard Jakes, an ally and pastor of West Point Baptist Church; and Kentrele Mizrahi, an LGBTQ youth activist and father of the ball scene's House of Mizrahi.

There will also be a special memorial recognition for LGBTQ activist Jackie Anderson.

Nikki Patin, Yohan Stevenson and honoree jay are slated to provide entertainment, with the special guest slated to be Chicago hip-hop artist Taylor Bennett. Exhibiting artists will include H.L. Anderson, James "Jimmy" Collins, Liz Larue and honoree Richardson.

Admission is free; visit for information about this and other events .

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