Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-11-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

HRC Chicago gets 'Social' about 50 years of LGBTQ history
by Melissa Wasserman
2019-06-16

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Chicago's event "Social!" celebrated 50 years of LGBTQ history at the Edelman offices in the Aon Center on June 13.

"Social!" is a monthly event of socializing and networking, held in different Chicago neighborhoods. This month, Edelman's employee resource group Edelman Equal hosted the Pride edition of HRC "Social!"

"We really love having people just coming in a safe space and being able to be their true, genuine self," said HRC Community Engagement Co-Chair Pablo Villarreal of "Social!"

The evening was a celebration of LGBT rights and the "Movers and Shakers" in the fight for equality through the years.

The Legacy Project kicked things off by talking about the organization's current projects and efforts.

"With the two big news worthy issues coming up this month, the historic landmark status and the Illinois Inclusive Curriculum bill, we realize this is a moment when we really need to take hold of our story and be able to share that more broadly than we ever have before," said Scott Lundius, a board member and director of strategic development of The Legacy Project. "So we're adding to the wonderful work that our founder Victor Salvo has already been doing for the last 30 years…"

Events like this, Lundius added, are a good opportunity to spread the message of the walk and bring it recognition for people who may not realize the rainbow pilons display stories of people from history.

"[We are] trying to make as much of an impact as we can of this message of lost stories and reclaiming their lives and captivations of LGBT people to world history," Lundius said of The Legacy Project and its Legacy Walk.

Villarreal then moderated a panel discussion focused on activism. The panel included Channyn Lynne Parker, manager of external relations for Howard Brown Health; Kina Collins, national organizer for Physicians for National Health Program, community activist, author of the Illinois Council on Women and Girls Actand congressional candidate for IL-07; and Vanessa Sheridan, director of gender equity and inclusion at Center on Halsted and published author.

"I was really happy with our panelists here, to have Kina, Channyn, Vanessa," said Villarreal."Three individuals that are very strong in their own way and doing great things for the community and LGBT+ community, in general."

"I think being a transwoman of color, to have this conversation, particularly with HRC, I think is really important," said Parker. "I think that we know that trans people cannot wait, that our needs can't wait, that everyday we're being killed, our lives are at risk and it's time for trans people to be in the forefront of these conversations and encourage folks to invest real change and have real investment in our community."

Collins emphasized it is important that people show up as allies. She added she wants to continue her work in the LGBTQ community and continuing learning.

"That means we get out the way, we pass the microphone, but most importantly we learn from communities that we're not a part of, so that as a whole and as a collective, we're stronger, we're better, we're more efficient and we're not leaving anybody behind and so I was honored to be on the panel," said Collins.

Following the panel, attendees socialized with food, drinks and a musical performance by local artist Co-Stanza.

"It's so important that we encourage folks to have open dialogue, that we encourage differences of opinion and that we begin to call up opposed to calling people out," said Parker. "I think it's also important for me to remind folks that pride really was created based off of a battle cry. It was a rally cry. It was something that was created by trans women who said 'Enough is enough'—more specifically, trans women of color…"

"I would hope that people were a little more educated, I hope they were woke," said Villarreal about what he hopes attendees took away from the event. "I think Kina and Channyn made some really great points. They're very passionate about what they do in their life and I hope that it kind of challenged individuals to speak up, make some stride within the community and if change needs to be done, it starts with you. So, I hope they get involved somewhere that they're passionate about and I hope today we kind of inspired them to do so."

For more information, visit HRCChicago.org .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

American Medical Ass'n adopts policies on LGBTQ health issues, racial pay equity 2019-11-19 - SAN DIEGO — The American Medical Association ( AMA ) gathered physician and medical student leaders from all corners of medicine at its ...


Gay News

State of LGBTQ Equality in nine Illinois cities detailed in HRC's index 2019-11-19 - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ...


Gay News

State's first lady attends Equality Illinois event 2019-11-18 - On Nov. 17, Illinois' first lady made a historic appearance at an annual LGBTQ event. M.K. Pritzker was the star speaker at ...


Gay News

Trevor Project raises $1.2M at L.A. gala 2019-11-18 - On Nov. 18, the Trevor Project—the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people—hosted its 2019 TrevorLIVE Los Angeles ...


Gay News

ALMA marks 30 years of activism by opening archives 2019-11-18 - The Association of Latinx Motivating Action ( ALMA ) celebrated its 30th anniversary Nov. 15 by opening its archives to the public at ...


Gay News

HRC plots course ahead at 2019 Chicago gala 2019-11-18 - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood ( D-14 ) and actor Theo Germaine were among those headlining HRC's annual gala the ...


Gay News

Leather community gives at GroceryLand 2019-11-18 - To commemorate Groceryland's 25th anniversary, as well as to kick off the the season of giving, the Chicago leather community worked at GroceryLand, ...


Gay News

HRC Foundation releases report on anti-trans violence 2019-11-18 - On Nov. 18, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation released "A National Epidemic: Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in the United States in ...


Gay News

Kahlo exhibition tickets on sale Dec. 10 2019-11-17 - The Cleve Carney Museum of Art ( CCMA ) and the McAninch Arts Center ( MAC ) at the College of DuPage ( ...


Gay News

Open house Dec. 7 at Wright Home and Studio 2019-11-17 - The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will present a holiday open house at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Ave., Oak ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.