Update: Aurora Pride 2019 is back on, $17,000 raised in less than 24 hours

AURORA —  The 2019 Aurora Pride celebration is back on. UPDATE: As of Wednesday morning, $17,520 had been raised on GoFundMe. The money was raised in less than 24 hours. Organizers and the city of Aurora made the announcement on Tuesday in a press conference that was livestreamed on Facebook. The event had been cancelled because costs to hold the parade and quadrupled after a January ordinance requiring private groups holding events like parades needed to pay the city for security.

2019 Aurora Pride Festival cancelled because of increased costs

AURORA — The 2019 Aurora Pride Festival and Parade has been cancelled because of increased costs from the city. Indivisible Aurora made the announcement on Friday in a press release. From the press release:
Last year’s inaugural Aurora Pride Parade, the first in the Chicago suburbs, was an astounding success. It brought an estimated 10,000-12,000 incredible people together in downtown Aurora, filling our historic streets with love and downtown businesses with celebratory customers. We eagerly looked forward to expanding on that success with a larger weekend festival for 2019 and started work with the city almost immediately afterwards.

Youth Outlook Community Table – Naperville on April 12

NAPERVILLE — Youth Outlook will host its Community Table in Naperville on Friday, April 12. From the Facebook event:
Join Youth Outlook for a one-of-a-kind experience – our Community Table. Youth Outlook staff, volunteers, board members, individuals, and allies will gather in a celebration of love, family, friendship, and community. Our Community Table will feature a meal, a brief address and presentation, a chance to connect and communicate with allies and supporters, and more. Casual attire, please.

Summit of Hope in Aurora on April 23

AURORA — Illinois HIV Care Connect will be holding a Summit of Hope expo on April 23 at Painters District Council No. 30. From the Facebook event:
The Summit of Hope is a community expo, bringing together local service providers to create a “one-stop” environment for invited parolees and probationers to obtain necessary assistance to move past barriers, which may prevent an individual from leading a successful life. The Summit of Hope is a proven Illinois Department of Corrections and Illinois Department of Public Health sanctioned program, independently organized in individual communities throughout the state. These events are helped tremendously by the participation and generosity of each hosting community.

Aurora Pride Parade applications are now live

AURORA — Indivisible Aurora has opened up applications for this year’s Aurora Pride Parade. From their Facebook post:
2019 Aurora Pride Parade applications are now LIVE! Please see the attached application below. ** Applications are due May 12, 2019. **
There are only a limited number of spots, so don’t delay!

HIV access group ‘Yes We Can, SI Se Puede’ starts on Facebook for Latino, African-American men

ELGIN — A new bilingual Facebook group, “Yes We Can, SI Se Puede,” has started to help educate African-American and Latino men who have sex with men about access to HIV services. “We noticed that most material for HIV materials were in English and that the images used for advertising didn’t reflect the black/and or community as well as some other intersectionalities like immigration and/or systemic rascim,” said Rolando Serna, an outreach and prevention educator with Open Door Health Center of Illinois. “And so we wanted to create a safe online space where these communities can receive HIV education and validation of their identities.” Sena said the hope was to provide people with the self empowerment to make well-informed decisions in regards to sex. Right now, there are no events planned but they are considering a launch party.

Open Door Health Center of Illinois is moving its Aurora office

AURORA — After 25 years of offering services to persons living with HIV/AIDS in Aurora, Open Door Health Center of Illinois will relocate from its current office space on Lincoln Avenue to new space on the Amita/Mercy campus located at 1315 N Highland Avenue Suite 204 in Aurora. The move is prompted by a need to accommodate the increasing number of clients requesting service. Said Perry Maier, Executive Director of Open Door Health Center, “We are at the point where our current space is limiting our capacity to effectively and efficiently deal with the medical, behavioral health, case management, housing and outreach needs of our clients. Larger space will enable the staff of Open Door to continue our rich history of quality services to meet the demand within the Aurora Community.”

Open Door is a regional, patient-centered health care organization that provides services including education, prevention, diagnosis and treatment services to those who have or are at risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV/AIDS, in addition to the greater LGBTQ community. Open Door Health Center of Illinois envisions a world where HIV does not exist, the community has ample resources to test and treat sexually transmitted infections without the fear of stigma, and the LGBTQ community has equal access to care without discrimination.

Register now for Aurora 5K Rainbow Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

AURORA — Registration is now open for the inaugural 5K Rainbow Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk as a part of Aurora Pride this June. From the registration website:
Registration Fees & Race Shirts
Price through May 10th:
5K Run: $35
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk: $25

REGISTER EARLY!! Race shirts guaranteed to those who register by May 10th! If registering after May 10th, shirts will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Price from May 11th through June 4th:
5K Run: $40
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk: $30
Pre-Registration closes on Tuesday, June 4th at 11:00 PM

Event Day Registration Pricing:
5K Run: $50
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk: $40

Course Specifications:The 5K Run (USATF Certification Pending) will be RFID chip timed at the start & finish line- through J3 Timing Company.

Aurora Pride raising money for Pride 2019

AURORA — Aurora Pride Festival has started fundraising for this year’s Pride event. They’re kicking it off with a GoFundMe. From the GoFundMe page:
This past June, Indivisible Aurora held the first ever Pride Parade in the Chicago suburbs. The response was rousing. The reviews were incredible.