CHICAGO — A new LGBTQ center will be coming to the south side of Chicago, the local state representative said at an event last Saturday.
The Hyde Park Herald reported that State Rep. Lamont Robinson (D-Chicago) made the announcement at a forum at The Promontory on Aug. 24. Sites in the Washington Park, Bronzeville and South Shore neighborhoods are being considered.
The newspaper said that Howard Brown Health would be the center’s fiscal agent and provide healthcare services. Existing groups like Affinity Community Services, the Black Gay Men’s Caucus and the Brave Space Alliance would also have space at the center.
Most of the physical infrastructure for the LGBTQ community, such as buildings, has largely been on the city’s north side, especially around Lakeview.
“Over the years, the Center on Halsted has been doing some great work on the north end of Chicago, but youth — as well as the overall LGBTQ community — has not had its own center,” Robinson told the Herald. “It is something that’s come out as I’ve moved around my district, as I have met with LGBTQ organizations, that we need our own center.”
Robinson is the first out gay African-American state representative in Illinois.
He told the newspaper that career opportunity programs and a housing component also are planned.