Pride week 2019 is upon us and things are happening that have never happened in the past.
Years ago the call was we are "we are here, we are queer, get used to it!" it even evolved in declaration We (LGBTQ) are everywhere.
On this the 50th commemoration of the Stonewall Riots in New York which launched the modern-day LGBTQ movement, in Chicago, we are living that we are everywhere. What has been popularly termed Boystown is no longer limited to, nor restricted to one part of the City of Chicago. In the recent past, the Latinos and Latinas community have embraced their diversity and inclusion with the LGBTQ. This year we make the declarative statement that Pride is everywhere and particularly where the Queer community began in Chicago in Bronzeville.
The Coalition for Justice and Respect (CJR) earlier this launched Bronzeville Pride which eventually we conceded with Pride South Side. Our objective was to celebrate Pride in the Bronzeville and South Side Communities. This has been a great coming together. We had originally planned to also maintain the event after the Parade at Montrose Harbor area. However, incidents have resulted in community meetings that concluded, that this would be the year we stand with and for ourselves, in our own places of support, encouragement, and affirmation.
We acknowledge the historical context of Bronzeville in not only entertainment but community building for all LGBTQ communities in the City of Chicago long before the mainstream accepted as popular. There has developed an opinion that Black African American Same Gender Loving LGBTQ people didn't want to, nor felt comfortable being out in their own home communities. What we are doing this week, particularly affirmed by the overwhelming election of Chicago's first Black LGBTQ Mayor in the city, We are proud, We are Bronzeville, We Black, We are LGBTQ, We are South Side and South Shore and We are here!
You may have heard of our Pride South Side platform but what I want to let you know now is the complete activities that we as African American Same Gender Loving Black LGBTQ people have worked on all year and put together to support Pride in our own community.
Also, we sneak preview another project to honor Gwendolyn Brooks right here.
- The most exciting aspect is that on Noon at South Shore Beach LGBTQ Faith Based Leaders and congregations will convene in celebration and praise on June 30 Lead by Pastor Keith McQueen and invited Pastors Kevin Tindell and Jamie Howley will welcome a faith-based aspect of our experience.
- Prior to that on Friday Night the Rail Marketing has opened its space for a House Music rooftop venue.
- In addition, we will have a Red Carpet Hip-Hop event at the Bronzeville Community Center on Saturday night.
- There is never enough and we will be encouraging also Friday Night a kick-off beginning with Club Escape and Show host Ruff-n-Stuff.
- Mini Ball at Global Girls on Saturday Night the June 29th
- Harold Washington Cultural Center has opened its space for out civic engagement and legends program
This is a lot but it is well deserved and the time is now!
If you any questions please reach me on my cell at 312-450-9027
Since 2007 CJR was organized to challenge racism and anti-Gay and Lesbian stigma by organizations, governmental initiatives, or private acts that compromise the full human rights of Black African-American Lesbians and Gays. We use strategies of public education and social action that may lead to non-violent direct action.
CJR is a coalition of organizations, agencies, social organizations and clubs, governmental initiatives, private initiatives, faith based communities, private initiatives, and individuals that believe in the full human rights and social justice of the Black African-American Lesbians and Gays and all people. The Coalition for Justice and Respect Foundation (CJRF) CJRF is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) to support the mission, programs and services of CJR.
The Coalition for Justice and Respect (CJR) in collaboration with our program partners – The City of Chicago King Center, Cook County Provident Hospital and with the support of Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) are excited to work together on this project to bring awareness to African American Cisgendered and Transgendered people regarding the resources available to bring greater access to available resources in the community to provide them the opportunity to be empowered to stabilize their lives and make healthy life choices. Also, to direct those that are interested and qualify to become consumers of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis).
The Empowerment Center at King Center is located at
4314 South Cottage Grove Suite 104 Chicago, IL 60653