Affinity Community Services

Affinity Community Services Affinity Community Services is a social justice organization that works to end the marginalization of Black LGBTQ+ people globally by building healing activist spaces where all intersections of LGBTQ+ identity are fully embraced.
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We envision a society where all Black LGBTQ+ people can be free. Affinity Community Services is a Black led, queer led organization on Chicago’s Southside dedicated to social justice in Black LGBTQ+ communities. For 25 years, we have centered Black queer women through community organizing, intergenerational programming, education, and healing justice. We work to end the marginalization of Black LGBTQ+ people globally by building brave activist communities where all intersections of LGBTQ+ identity are fully embraced. Through activism, education, and transformative justice practices, we build avenues for collective action, LGBTQ+ justice, healing, and Black liberation.

Mission: Affinity is a social justice organization serving the needs of the Black LGBTQ+ community with a particular focus on Black women.

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02/23/2021

Today on Instagram!

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Tomorrow, February 23rd, we're talking to Imani Rupert - Gordon about Uncommon Leadership! Set your reminders and bring your questions because this conversation will be one to remember!

02/23/2021
Virtual Office Hours at Affinity

Virtual Office Hours at Affinity
Topic: Black Tings + History!!

Join VOH Today!
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Forty Plus Virtual Meetup
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7 PM

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COVID Updates
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/vaccine-distribution-phases.html

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This is Affinity!! Last week we hosted our first board recruitment meeting of 2021! We are so excited to see what’s next...
02/23/2021

This is Affinity!! Last week we hosted our first board recruitment meeting of 2021! We are so excited to see what’s next. Follow us to see what’s happening at Affinity!

If you missed the meeting, don’t worry, there will be more. You can also reach out to our Board President, Anna DeShawn at [email protected].

Tag below if you see a face you know!

#weareaffinity #communityundivided #Blacklgbtq

Janet Mock is a Black trans writer, director and executive producer. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of two ...
02/22/2021

Janet Mock is a Black trans writer, director and executive producer. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs, Redefining Realness (2014) and Surpassing Certainty (2017) about her journey as a trans woman.

In 2019, Mock signed a historic deal with Netflix, making her the first trans person to sign a production pact with a major studio. With her partnership with the streamer, Janet will create and produce her own television projects. That same year, she received Harvard University’s Artist of the Year Award and was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100” and included on Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment” list. She has also been named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times and Marie Claire, and has appeared on the covers of Entertainment Weekly, British VOGUE, Marie Claire and the Hollywood Reporter.

Learn more at affinity95.org LINK IN BIO

#janetmock #blackhistorymonth #28daysofBlackhistory #weareaffinity #communityundivided

Laverne Cox is a Black Emmy-nominated actress, documentary film producer and prominent equal rights advocate. Cox became...
02/18/2021

Laverne Cox is a Black Emmy-nominated actress, documentary film producer and prominent equal rights advocate. Cox became one of the stars of 'Orange Is the New Black' and the first openly transgender person in history to receive an Emmy nomination.

Laverne Cox is a transgender actress who studied dance for years before doing TV work that included Law & Order episodes and the reality show TRANSform Me. She stepped into the limelight in a major way with her role on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, eventually becoming the first openly transgender person in history to be nominated for an Emmy. Cox has continued to be an advocate for trans and LGBT rights while appearing in additional screen projects such as The Mindy Project, Doubt and Grandma.

#lavernecox #Blackhistory #blackhistorymonth #28daysofBlackhistory #Blacklgbtqhistory #Blacklgbtq #weareaffinity #communityundivided

bell hooks is a Black American scholar and activist whose work examined the connections between race, gender, and class....
02/17/2021

bell hooks is a Black American scholar and activist whose work examined the connections between race, gender, and class. She often explored the varied perceptions of Black women and Black women writers and the development of feminist identities.

In the 1980s hooks established a support group for Black women called the Sisters of the Yam, which she later used as the title of a book, published in 1993, celebrating Black sisterhood. A passionate scholar, hooks is among the leading public intellectuals of her generation. She has published over 30 books and scholarly articles, in topics such as masculinity and patriarchy, self-help and engaged pedagogy, feminist consciousness and community creation, and representation and politics.

Read more about our 28 Days of Black History at affinity95.org or click the LINK IN OUR BIO

#bellhooks #Blackhistorymonth #28daysofBlackhistory #weareaffinity #communityundivided #Blackwomenhistory

Today on Virtual Office Hours, we had a conversation on the racial, homophobic, and sexist bias of the algorithms in soc...
02/16/2021
Race, Technology, and Algorithmic Bias | Vision & Justice || Radcliffe Institute

Today on Virtual Office Hours, we had a conversation on the racial, homophobic, and sexist bias of the algorithms in social media and beyond. Watch this video of Joy Buolamwini, Latanya Sweeney, and Darren Walker as they come together to discuss the limits of technology in the face of algorithmic bias, or the fact that AI systems often either mischaracterize or fail to recognize dark-skinned faces.

At “Vision & Justice” on Friday, April 26, Joy Buolamwini, Latanya Sweeney, and Darren Walker come together to discuss the limits of technology in the face o...

Raquel Willis is a Black transgender activist, award-winning writer, and media strategist dedicated to elevating the dig...
02/16/2021

Raquel Willis is a Black transgender activist, award-winning writer, and media strategist dedicated to elevating the dignity of marginalized people, particularly Black transgender people. She has held ground-breaking posts throughout her career including director of communications for the Ms. Foundation, executive editor of Out magazine, and national organizer for Transgender Law Center (TLC).

In 2018, she founded Black Trans Circles, a project of TLC, focused on developing the leadership of Black trans women in the South and Midwest by creating healing justice spaces to work through oppression-based trauma and incubating community organizing efforts to address anti-trans murder and violence.

Read more about Raquel Willis and more at affinity95.org or click the LINK IN BIO.

#raquelwillis #blackhistorymonth #BlackLGBTQhistory #28daysofBlackhistory #weareaffinity #communityundivided

We do this work through what we call a “Black queer feminist lens” because we believe that in order to achieve liberatio...
02/14/2021

We do this work through what we call a “Black queer feminist lens” because we believe that in order to achieve liberation for all Black folks we have to be radically inclusive — not just in our analysis, but also in our practice, in how we go about leadership. We believe that a Black Freedom Movement in our lifetime is possible.

Charlene A. Carruthers is a political strategist, cultural worker and PhD student in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. A practitioner of telling more complete stories, her research includes Black feminist political economies, abolition of patriarchal and carceral systems, and the role of cultural work within the Black Radical Tradition.

Her work spans more than 15 years of community organizing across racial, gender and economic justice movements. As the founding national director of BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100), she has worked alongside hundreds of young Black activists to build a national base of activists in a member-led organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. She is the author of the book “Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements (available in English and Spanish language).

See more of 28 Days of Black History at affinity95.org or click the LINK IN BIO

#charlenecarruthers #28daysofBlackhistory #Blacklgbtqhistory #Blackhistory

Nobel prizewinner and author whose stories have a strong historical and cultural base and a style, structure and tone th...
02/13/2021

Nobel prizewinner and author whose stories have a strong historical and cultural base and a style, structure and tone that is specifically Black, Toni Morrison, was the only Black writer and one of the few women to have received the Nobel prize for literature.

‘I wanted to give back something. I wasn’t marching. But I could make sure there was a published record of those who did march and did put themselves on the line.’

In the late sixties and early seventies, before she was known as an author, Morrison was a Random House trade editor who almost singlehandedly introduced black radical activists to mainstream American readers. No single editor or major publishing house has surpassed Morrison’s contribution in the intervening four decades.

Read more about Toni Morrison and the other leaders we are highlighting at affinity95.org or at the LINK IN OUR BIO.

#tonimorrison #blackhistorymonth #28daysofblackhistory #weareaffinity #communityundivided

Janelle Monae is a Black queer American singer-songwriter, rapper, actress, and record producer. "When you see Janelle M...
02/12/2021

Janelle Monae is a Black queer American singer-songwriter, rapper, actress, and record producer.

"When you see Janelle Monáe onstage, she is working. Flowing. Singing and moving as if she inherited the hips of James Brown. Working it out emotionally, where no topics are off-limits, with lyrics covering class-based ostracism and woman-to-woman romance. Her concerts hold a multitude of audiences in one space, and her eight Grammy nominations speak to a star whose appeal is universal—even as she defies convention." read the article on how Janelle Monáe Is Blurring the Lines Between Actor and Activist—and She's Not Stopping Anytime Soon

On January 10, 2020, she tweeted the hashtag #IAmNonbinary, along with a quoted tweet, which trended on Twitter that day. Monáe said in an interview with The Cut a month after the tweet that "I tweeted the #IAmNonbinary hashtag in support of Non-binary Day and to bring more awareness to the community. I retweeted the Steven Universe meme ‘Are you a boy or a girl? I’m an experience’ because it resonated with me, especially as someone who has pushed boundaries of gender since the beginning of my career. I feel my feminine energy, my masculine energy, and energy I can't even explain."

Read about how she's blurring between actor and activist at affinity95.org or click the link in our bio.

Check out the rest of the 28 Days of Black History on our website

#janellemonae #28daysofblackhistory #blackhistorymonth #BlackLGBTQhistory #weareaffinity #communityundivided

02/10/2021
AIDS Foundation Chicago

AIDS Foundation Chicago

Get ready for Advocacy Week and join us for the start of our Advocacy Week Pop-Up series -- tonight we're breaking down legislative priorities surrounding telehealth and sexual health education!

Angelica Ross is a Black businesswoman, actress, and transgender rights advocate. Ross launched TransTech Social Enterpr...
02/10/2021

Angelica Ross is a Black businesswoman, actress, and transgender rights advocate. Ross launched TransTech Social Enterprises in Chicago in 2014.

At the intersections of gender, class, race, and religion, Angelica Ross has made a career out of helping others navigate the challenges that come along with being a member of more than one minority. Over the span of 10+ years Angelica built a business that began in the margins of society, outside the formal education system. Angelica an actor, original content creator, the founder of TransTech Social Enterprises and the TransTech Summit and President of Miss Ross, Inc.

Visit affinity95.org to view more about Angelica Ross and our 28 Days of Black History. LINK IN BIO

#angelicaross #Blackhistorymonth #lgbtBlackhistory #28daysofblackhistory #weareaffinity #communityundivided

In the essence of Black History Month, we reflect on so many trailblazing figures. “The love expressed between women is ...
02/09/2021

In the essence of Black History Month, we reflect on so many trailblazing figures.

“The love expressed between women is particular and powerful because we have had to love in order to live; love has been our survival.”

Audre Lorde was fluent in poetry. She spoke of poetry being her first language. Lorde was a freedom fighter against injustices. Self-described as being “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”, her impact on feminist writings, the fight against racism and lesbian culture is ground-breaking to this day.

In the essence of Black History Month, we reflect on so many trailblazing figures. As we are reflecting on such transformative figures in history is important. Audre made significant impact and contributions to feminist criticism. She highlighted how feminism was looking specifically through the white, heterosexual experience. Which made the queer and women of color the other being an exclusionary movement. Lorde argued that feminism needed to be inclusive and needed to value the experiences of all women, not just one type of woman.

This argument was beautifully depicted in her book Sister Outsider, became a shaping influence in the development of both Black feminist theory and intersectionality.

Listen to an interview of Audre Lorde at affinity95.org or at the LINK IN OUR BIO.

#audrelorde #blackhistorymonth #28daysofBlackhistory #Blacklgbtqhistort #communityundivided

02/09/2021
Virtual Office Hours at Affinity

Virtual Office Hours at Affinity
28 Days of Black History

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Trailblazers Virtual Meetup
When: Feb 10, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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COVID Updates
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/vaccine-distribution-phases.html

AIDS Foundation is Hiring
https://www.aidschicago.org/page/about-afc/careers

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Eartha Kitt was a Black singer, actress, dancer, voice actress, comedienne, activist, author, and songwriter. She is mos...
02/08/2021

Eartha Kitt was a Black singer, actress, dancer, voice actress, comedienne, activist, author, and songwriter. She is most know known for her highly distinctive singing and her liberated view on life. She was once called her the "most exciting woman in the world".

In 1968, her career in the U.S. deteriorated after she made anti-Vietnam War statements at a White House luncheon. Towards the end of the luncheon, Lady Bird asked the room of 50 women, from groups such as the Association of Colored Women's Club and the League of Women Voters, including a few governor's wives, for their comments. Kitt raised her hand and told the first lady of the United States exactly what she thought"

Kitt took her career oversee and in 1978 made a successful return to Broadway in the 1978 original production of the musical Timbuktu!, for which she received the first of her two Tony Award nominations.

Learn more about Eartha Kitt at affinity95.org under our 28 Days of Black History post or click the LINK IN OUR BIO

#earthakitt #compromiseforwhat #28daysofBlackhistory #blackhistorymonth #weareaffinity #communityundivided

“The nation has lost a true champion,” Stephanie Gadlin, a former CTU spokeswoman who worked under Lewis, said in a stat...
02/08/2021
Karen Lewis Dies At 67. Former Chicago Teachers Union President Was Vocal Advocate For Educators

“The nation has lost a true champion,” Stephanie Gadlin, a former CTU spokeswoman who worked under Lewis, said in a statement. “Karen Lewis was one of the most powerful and prolific voices in public education, advocating for students, their families and the communities in which they live. For her tenure as president of the Chicago Teachers Union, she was the architect of today’s fight for education justice.

“Our city has lost a great voice.”

Lewis led the Chicago Teachers Union during its 2012 strike and considered running for mayor in 2015, only to cancel those plans when she learned she had cancer.

Monica Roberts was a trans Black writer, blogger and trans rights activist. She was the founder of TransGriot, a blog fo...
02/07/2021

Monica Roberts was a trans Black writer, blogger and trans rights activist. She was the founder of TransGriot, a blog focusing on issues pertaining to trans women, particularly Black and other women of color. Roberts unapologetically spoke truth to power. Her legacy moves through us at Affinity as she shared her wisdom first hand during our Blackprint series on Building Economic Power.

Before her groundbreaking blog, there were few news sites for Black transgender women to share their voices and have their stories told accurately and authentically. No journalist had painstakingly recorded and reported on the murders of transgender women of color before Monica Roberts. We are grateful she took on the task to uplift all of our siblings' voices.

Watch Monica speak during our Blackprint series and also read more about her at affinity95.org or at the LINK IN OUR BIO.

#monicaroberts #Blackhistorymonth #28daysofblackhistory #Blacklgbtqhistory #weareaffinity #communityundivided

Nikki Giovanni is a well-known Black poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the course of her 52-year c...
02/06/2021

Nikki Giovanni is a well-known Black poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the course of her 52-year career, Nikki Giovanni has written 12 children’s books and eight nonfiction books, and she has released 10 spoken word albums, one of which she received a Grammy nomination for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection.

Nikki Giovanni was an active member of the Black Arts Movement during the late 1960s. She published her first collection of poetry entitled Black Feeling Black Talk. Giovanni encourages us to write and her poetry encourages Black solidarity and revolutionary action.

Watch an interview of Nikki Giovanni at affinity95.org or click the LINK IN OUR BIO.

#nikkigiovanni #thuglife #28daysofBlackhistory #blackhistorymonth #weareaffinity #communityundivided

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Hi folks. As always we had really thoughtful and loving conversations. Last night at 40+.... this is the study that the CDC based information on for school reopening guidelines... it's written in plain language. It's also showing that the complexity of the conversation we had reflects that this is a complex problem with no easy answers. One thing that is noted in the article is that this cannot be looked at in isolation (for instance - it's not advised to have in person dining open and schools reopening at the same time).
Update: Many Many calls were received but due to techincal issues with updates and the speed of the session, the bill did not go through. It will be reintroduced in regular session in a few weeks. ______________________________________ Hi folks, Hope its ok to share this: Urgent: Calls Needed Immediately to State Senator Laura Murphy to Save Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Legislation We only have until 11:59 a.m. today for SB 3066 be approved by the Illinois Senate to create crucial eviction and foreclosure protections for people at risk of losing their home during a pandemic. Right now, the chief sponsor in the Senate, Senator Laura Murphy, has not committed to call the bill for this final vote. She needs to hear from everyone who cares about keeping people housed immediately. Right now, call Senator Murphy’s district office at 847-718-1110 with this message: Call SB 3066 for a vote in the Senate this morning to make sure people don’t lose their home during a pandemic. Not calling this bill for a vote will cause more people to be homeless.
Hello Friends. One of the 2 bedroom units in our limited equity co-op is available. Its a one year lease, option to buy in to the Co-op. Structure has similarities to Condo unit. DM if you are interested in details (2 bedroom $1350 per month). Buy in charge is separate from monthly payment.
Hi Affinity Community. My co-op, in Little Village has an opening. It's a cute little community. Dm me with any questions. https://m.facebook.com/sullengrrl/posts/10221495320785204?d=m
Job seekers and businesses are invited to PRIDE in Our Workforce, a discussion on LGBTQ+ Employment and Engagement. 🏳️‍🌈 There will be 3 hiring employers who are either LGBTQ+ owned or an ally, they will discuss job openings and their experiences. 🏳️‍🌈 Businesses are invited to learn about the LGBT Chamber of Commerce services, work being done for the LGBTQ+ community, and DCEO will provide details on the BIG Program. All are welcome, we hope to connect with you tomorrow: https://lgbtworkforcepride.eventbrite.com
Thank you for the 25th anniversary gift box. Couldn't make all the events, but wanted to support those who've helped me so much.
Hoping someone from AFFINITY could get on this.
Here are the words from Affinity Community Services that moved me to support them after reading this post: "We know you cannot rest until this nation no longer sees Black people as a threat. Affinity will not rest until the communities we serve can rest." Centering Black Queer lives resonates with my vision for the future. Thank you Affinity.
Hello Affinity community, I am writing on behalf of the Stigma, Identity, and Intersectionality Research Team at Teachers College, Columbia University. Our team is conducting a study focused on transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, or other gender minority people’s experiences in counseling or psychotherapy. Participation will involve completing a 30-minute online survey.Participants will have the opportunity to enter a raffle with a 1/25 chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card. In addition, for every survey completed, $1 will be donated to the National Center for Transgender Equality (https://transequality.org/) In order to participate you must: 1) Identify as transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, or some other gender minority identity. 2) Currently be receiving mental health counseling or psychotherapy from a mental health professional (e.g., psychologist, mental health counselor, social worker, psychiatrist) OR have received such services within the last 12 months. 3) Be 18 years of age or older. If you would like to participate, please follow this link: tc.edu/sii/GIEMS Thank you VERY much in advance for your time and effort! Please feel free to pass on this link to other people who might be eligible to participate. If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact the first Principal Investigator, Brandon L. Velez, Ph.D. ([email protected]). This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Teachers College, Columbia University (IRB# 20-110). Best regards, The Stigma, Identity, and Intersectionality Research Team
Hello Affinity Community Services, The Stigma, Identity, and Intersectionality Research Team at Teachers College, Columbia University is conducting a study focused on transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, or other gender minority people’s experiences in counseling or psychotherapy. Participation will involve completing a 30-minute online survey. Participants will have the opportunity to enter a raffle with a 1/25 chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card. In addition, for every survey completed, $1 will be donated to the National Center for Transgender Equality (https://transequality.org/) In order to participate you must: 1) Identify as transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, or some other gender minority identity. 2) Currently be receiving mental health counseling or psychotherapy from a mental health professional (e.g., psychologist, mental health counselor, social worker, psychiatrist) OR have received such services within the last 12 months. 3) Be 18 years of age or older. If you would like to participate, please follow this link: tc.edu/sii/GIEMS Thank you VERY much in advance for your time and effort! Please feel free to pass on this link to other people who might be eligible to participate. If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact the first Principal Investigator, Brandon L. Velez, Ph.D. ([email protected]). This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Teachers College, Columbia University (IRB# 20-110). Best regards, The Stigma, Identity, and Intersectionality Research Team
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