UBUNTU Center Chicago

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Raised by 49 people in 43 months

UBUNTU Center of Chicago for SGL-LGBT African Americans, a Chicago non-profit business, was founded in late 2013. The Center aim is to continue to implement SGL-LGBT affirming programs, services, projects and special events; and to partner with other cultural/social organizations and allies with similar beliefs. In 2015 The Center of Chicago will open and provide the SGL-LGBT and allied community a safe space in Chicago to discuss, learn and offer support to one another.

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If federal lawmakers want to show they care about children and families, there’s perhaps no better opportunity in the near term than by passing the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (CWPIA). Pending in the House as H.R. 1881 (introduced by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.)), and in the Senate as S. 811 (introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)), CWPIA would ensure that the maximum number of adoption providers remain in the marketplace and are able to serve America’s overloaded and burdened foster-care systems.

As FRC’s Travis Weber recently pointed out in an analysis of the topic, CWPIA is a win-win solution to our current foster-care dynamic. Protecting the freedom of providers to operate according to their beliefs ensures the maximum number of providers remain open for business and able to serve the ever-present waiting list of children looking for families to take them in. It also ensures the maximum number of potential adoptive families looking for children.

Charitable organizations, as Travis observes, make massive financial contributions to our nation’s public welfare — often without recognition or credit. These organizations include adoption providers. Yet these same providers are facing threats to their existence. They have already been forced out of Massachusetts, Illinois, the District of Columbia, and San Francisco due to their beliefs, and some were just suspended in Philadelphia. As they seek to follow their beliefs while continuing to serve the public good, the threat to them has continued to metastasize in other states, with lawsuits and public pressure opposing their freedom to operate according to their beliefs.
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“Most Black Pride celebrations operate through a 70/30 model — 70 percent social, 30 percent education — which is often stigmatized as a big party, blocking our access to a lot of venues, resources, and sponsorship. Yes, we celebrate in a big way, but there are meetings, socials, and events crafted to reach and communicate to several different consumer markets rather than one.”
Identity is in flux. As a nation, whether we like it or not, we’re having a conversation on what it means to be black and what it means to be queer. At this intersection, the black queer identity has a unique perspective and a unique voice but also a unique set of problems. As this identity has evolved, so have the needs of the community.
For years, marriage equality has been the cause célèbre of the LGBT public consciousness, but queer people of color face myriad other obstacles, from disparities in income and access to health care to racism within the LGBT community, and racism as the great national pastime, not to mention higher rates of homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, and HIV infection. These factors not only disproportionately affect queer people of color but also take an unfair toll on the next generation.
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Queer youth are about three times as likely as non-LGBT youth to end up in the juvenile justice system, and eight times as likely to experience homelessness. Among this vulnerable age group, the majority (about 60 percent) are black or Latino. In a recent report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that HIV rates among black queer men ages 13 through 24 increased 87 percent over the past decade. Black Pride addresses these needs because mainstream Pride either does not, cannot, or will not. Thus, what began as a concept has grown into a movement to save bodies, educate minds, and uplift the spirits of a marginalized population that is tired of being marginalized.
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Raised by 49 people in 43 months
Created October 6, 2014
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10 months ago
Marshall Taylor
11 months ago

UBUNTU is a great organization to support. Best wishes Charles Nelson on your new center.

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