Freedom Day Juneteenth, June 19th is now a Federal Holiday

by Joey McDonald, Manager of Events & Volunteers

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines freedom as:

The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved…the absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government…and the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint’

Throughout the 17th and 18th…

Trying to express our feelings on the events of the past week has been daunting. Many breathed a sigh of relief when they heard the Derek Chauvin verdict. However, the ways we are experiencing and processing the verdict are vast and valid.

While we witnessed a new reprimand on police brutality we also watched Daunte Wright’s family mourn at the same chapel as George Floyd’s a year ago. Tuesday, April 20, may have been a transformative date for our country. Historians may later view Chauvin’s conviction as the day legislation for police and prison reform became a real possibility. Still…

Pictured above: Youth Housing Residents & COH Staff

By Ben Sprunger, Manager of Individual Giving

Seeking out and establishing a “chosen family” is often a necessary step for anyone — young or old — struggling with their gender identity and/or sexuality. As queer people, having the unconditional support and encouragement of likeminded peers helps us to discover who we are, to speak our truths, and live our lives authentically. Imagine how much more fraught and difficult this process would be if you were a young person, who has experienced either domestic or sexual violence and housing insecurity. How might you go about knitting together this kind of safety…

By Angela E.L. Barnes, Center on Halsted Board Chair

Aly Kassam-Remtulla’s January 29, 2021 Chicago Tribune editorial, “Nonprofits need to catch up on diversifying their boards,” poignantly validated what I’ve personally experienced — the nonprofit world has struggled to change in the past 27 years. In it, Mr. Kassam-Remtulla states: “A 2017 survey of 1,500 U.S.-based nonprofits showed that 84% of board members and 90% of board chairs were white. According to the reports, racial diversity on corporate boards had increased from 12.8% in 2010 to 16.1% in 2018. However, the 2017 figures in the nonprofit sector were nearly identical…

by Center on Halsted Anti-Violence Project

It is with heavy hearts and extreme sadness that we at Center on Halsted mourn the deaths of four Black trans women whose lives were taken by gun violence last month. On January 17th Bianca “Muffin” Bankz, 30, was killed in a murder-suicide in Atlanta, Georgia. Dominique Jackson, 30, was killed on January 25th in Jackson, Mississippi. Details of both cases are still under investigation. Fifty Bandz, 21, was shot on January 28th in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Michael Joshua Brooks, 20, her former partner who had threatened her life previously, has been arrested and…

Center on Halsted Statement Release Date: January 7, 2021

Our country now bears witness to the loss of one life and multiple injuries to others stemming from one of the most shameful events in American history on January 6th, 2021. The headlines are ones few thought we would see in our lifetime: armed supporters of the President of the United States stormed Capitol Hill, breaching the Capitol Building. While our Congress was in the midst of debate over counting the Electoral College votes, protestors stormed the Capitol Building causing the House and Senate to be evacuated. …

Kar wants to share his experience training at COH’s BH Graduate Training Program.

Center on Halsted’s Behavior Health Graduate Training Program provides students with specialized clinical experiences in working with the LGBTQ community. In 2020, over 600+ therapists and caregivers received continuing training and education services at Center on Halsted.

Meet Kar (he/him/his) who recently completed his Center on Halsted Behavioral Health training placement and wants to share how the training helped them understand the challenges and stigmas facing our community and the effective treatments to address these issues. The Q+A is below:

1. How has the BH trainee program influenced you and your clinician work today?

Kar: The BH trainee program has…

Family, friendship and community are at the core of our mission here at Center on Halsted. While Center on Halsted services have adapted into virtual, social-distancing, and ever-changing environments, our care has become more personal, and the Center on Halsted family continues to grow.

You’ve inspired us to be innovators at the most pivotal and challenging time in our lives, and we have the resources to provide hope to those who need us now. I’m particularly inspired by the courage of Isabelle, a youth housing resident.

In July, with extreme caution due to COVID-19, we welcomed Isabelle into our new…

by the Anti-Violence Project at Center on Halsted

The Anti-Violence Project at Center on Halsted recognizes the stress held by LGBTQ+ community members during this election, where so much hangs in the balance for our community, particularly in terms of safety. After having so many of our hard-earned rights taken away, undermined, or threatened, we are facing the prospect of four additional years of having to remain vigilant.

We are also confronted with the real possibility of violence and civil unrest over the next several weeks. The future holds uncertainty, stress, and struggle, no matter what results occur. …

by: Modesto Tico Valle, CEO, Center on Halsted

We’re just over eight months into the Coronavirus pandemic, and I continue to be inspired by your generosity and thoughtfulness. Since July, you’ve helped us reach 6,461 individuals — from Zoom classes for Seniors to rental assistance through the HIV Resource Hub.

October has always been a time of reflection for me and the Center on Halsted staff. During LGBTQ History Month, we recognize LGBTQ trailblazers, advocates, and allies, like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Representative John Lewis, who believed in building community and securing safe spaces for LGBTQ people to learn…

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