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 2020-08-05
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

South Side LGBTQ Center Brave Space Alliance expands staff, office
2020-03-09

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


CHICAGO — Brave Space Alliance has doubled its staff by hiring Zahara Bassett as Director of Development and External Relations, and Brittney Thomas as Director of Programs. The two new hires bring further vibrancy, skills, and capacity to the South Side LGBTQ Center, which last month announced a new permanent office in Hyde Park, at 1515 E. 52nd Place.

Brave Space Alliance, which impacts an estimated 2000 trans people in Chicago each year through programs, services, and events, has experienced significant growth since becoming a grantee of Gilead Pharmaceuticals in November of 2019. The organization's programmatic offerings have grown since its founding in 2017, and now include; traditional support groups; mutual aid groups focused on the reduction of HIV infection rates in Black and Brown trans communities, career services, government service alignment, and community connection at drop-in and pop-up location across the South Side; employment justice programming, and a soon-to-be-launched mental health program.

Zahara Bassett comes to Brave Space Alliance with over eight years of experience in the public health sector. Zahara spent three of those years as a Medical Adherent Research Specialist with Howard Brown Health. For years Bassett has supported and provided comprehensive resources to the TGNC communities of color on the West and South side of Chicago; in 2016 she started Meals for Christmas; an event dedicated to feeding those who were homeless on Christmas Day. She is also a recent graduate of Illinois Media School, and a member of many Boards and Planning Committees throughout the Chicagoland area, including Heroes of Change. Bassett will be leading the organization's forthcoming capital campaign to fund the renovation and expansion of Brave Space Alliance's new office.

Brittney Thomas is a black non-binary person whose activism centers around restorative justice and trauma informed care for black and brown marginalized groups within under-served communities in Chicago. Born and raised in Chicago in the west side neighborhood of North Lawndale, Thomas decided early on that they wanted to make a difference in all communities like North Lawndale and their community members specifically working to increase access and sustainability. Thomas graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Community Psychology and a minor in Community Services Studies from DePaul University in 2013. Since then Thomas has dedicated their life to serving as a youth advocate and organizer for black and brown youth as a facilitator, mentor and career & life coach with a focus on LGBTQIA+ identifying youth. They will be leading the expansion of Brave Space Alliance's programs and community outreach, including the launching of new programs later this year.

Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. We strive to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples.

—From a press release


facebook twitter 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

Lambda Legal notes two pro-trans victories 2020-08-11 - Lambda Legal issued a press release celebrating victories in two cases involving transgender people. —Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County: ...


Gay News

BIPOC/TGNC artists take part in 'Black Trans Lives Matter' mural 2020-08-10 - Answering a callout on the weekend of Aug. 8-9 to paint the message "BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER," BIPOC/TGNC artists took part on the ...


Gay News

A peek inside The Crib's new location 2020-08-08 - The Night Ministry is now operating The Crib in a new location at 1735 N. Ashland Ave. The previous location in the ...


Gay News

WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair on Sept. 18 2020-08-07 - Center on Halsted and Brave Space Alliance will hold the annual WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair on Friday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at ...


Gay News

Call for BIPOC/TGNC artists for mural painting Aug. 8-9 2020-08-07 - In partnership with the 40th Ward and Ald. Andre Vasquez, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ) has issued an immediate callout ...


Gay News

Virtual OPALGA+ scholarship gala slated for Oct. 24 2020-08-06 - OPALGA+/Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association will hold a virtual scholarship gala Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. The event will feature ...


Gay News

Byers advances in Kansas; may be first trans person elected to state legislature 2020-08-05 - Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Stephanie Byers won her primary for a Kansas state House seat and is on-track ...


Gay News

Restorative juvenile courts coming to Avondale, Englewood 2020-08-05 - The Circuit Court of Cook County is set to launch its latest effort to address nonviolent crime and prevent recidivism with the opening ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Anti-trans killings, surveys, 'Trans Care' book, gay-bar news 2020-08-05 - Gay City News reported that an individual who the NYPD said was fatally stabbed at a Bronx apartment building on July 26 was ...


Gay News

Pritzker announces new approach for juvenile justice 2020-07-31 - On July 31, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton announced the 21st Century Illinois Transformation Model—a new plan that aims ...


 



Copyright © 2020 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


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar 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.