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Black gay caucus hosts 'Clutch Your Pearls'
by Vern Hester
2018-09-05

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On Aug. 29, The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus held the second annual Clutch Your Pearls, a fundraiser and social event involving the group's participation in the Annual AIDS Walk/Run. Guests were treated to a gay African-American quiz competition ( with winners receiving copies of the books In the Life-A Black Gay Anthology and Freedom in this Village: Twenty Five Years of Black Gay Writing ), an assortment of games ( with the Jenga competition being a big hit ), and discounted food and beverages. The event took place at Pearl's Southern Comfort at 5352 N. Broadway.

Executive Director Erik Glenn said, "We're always excited for opportunities for more social spaces for men in our community and it's clear we live all over the city: north, south, east and west. Clutch Your Pearls is a small, intimate gathering. ... It's remarkable what can happen in such an intimate space."

Glenn also spoke briefly on what the caucus does and why there is a need for this fundraiser, saying, "The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus is aimed at health equality ... creating great health and a great life. What we do is often, behind the scenes, making presentations and building partnerships to reach that end.

"We did this event last year in the same space and it was a great success toward raising funds and giving us flexibility to respond to needs in the community."


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