Center on Halsted Official Statement: Jussie Smollett

Center on Halsted is outraged by the act of violence committed against Jussie Smollett. This horrific hate crime is a stark reminder to us all that the LGBTQ community, particularly those who represent the intersectionality of multiple identities, face disproportionate acts of violence and hate crimes.

Across the nation and right here in Chicago, queer men of color are especially at risk. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs documented a 21-year high in the number of hate violence homicides in 2017 with 71% of the victims being people of color.

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Center on Halsted stands in solidarity with queer men of color in Chicagoland. We pledge to work tirelessly with and on behalf of queer men of color of the city and region through organizing and education, and supporting survivors through counseling and advocacy. Together, we continue to strive toward the day when all queer men of color can live in safety and peace.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can reach out to the Anti-Violence Project at Center on Halsted.

The Anti-Violence Project at Center on Halsted empowers LGBTQ communities and allies to be free from all forms of violence and their effects through free counseling, resource linkage, advocacy, education, and community engagement. If you are currently feeling unsafe, targeted, or isolated, we can help.

We are available Monday — Friday from 9am-5pm via our resource line (773–871–2273) and email ( Our services can also be accessed via our no appointment needed, walk-in hours on Monday and Friday from 10-noon.

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Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s largest community center dedicated to advancing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Movement.

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