Brave Space Alliance, National LGBTQ Workers Center launch job board

CHICAGO — The Brave Space Alliance and the National LGBTQ Workers Center have created a job board for Black/Brown/Indigenous Queer, TGNC community. People looking for positions are invited to fill out this Google form and BSA will update the group as openings become available. The BSA has also invited employers to post jobs and paid internship opportunities, by emailing the Program Director at emem@bravespacealliance.org. BSA is the only transgender and POC-led community center in Chicago.

Brave Space Alliance hosting pop-up QT Shop in July

CHICAGO — The Brave Space Alliance is hosting another pop-up QT Shop at their location on Chicago’s South Side on July 18. From the Facebook event:
We acknowledge the struggles of meeting basic needs within the LGBTQ+ specifically among Black, Brown, & Indigenous individuals of the community. With the lack of investment, jobs, and opportunities for financial stability and self-empowerment, Brave Space Alliance wants to start providing spaces for us to gather and meet those needs on the most basic and efficient level that we can: grassroots. Every month we will hold a pop-up on the South Side of Chicago. We ask for new/gently used donations for the summer from the Chicago land Area.

Chicago Community Trust’s LGBT Community Fund awards $200,000 in Impact Grants

CHICAGO –The LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust announces $200,000 in Impact Grants to 8 organizations for programs serving the LGBTQ Community in Chicago. The Impact Grants RFP was launched in fall 2018 as a response to the disadvantages in access to social programs related to healthcare, housing, and employment medical care, justice and legal aid, education and personal safety for the LGBT Community in Chicagoland area. The organizations awarded have programmatic focus areas of healthcare, community safety, services for youth and senior citizens. The grant recipients were announced at the LGBT Community Fund Impact Grants Reception hosted at The Chicago Community Trust on May 9, 2019. The recipients include: Affinity Community Services, AIDS Foundation Chicago, Brave Space Alliance, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, The Night Ministry and Test Positive Awareness Network (TPAN).

Brave Space Alliance hosting the OT Shop on June 6

CHICAGO — The Brave Space Alliance will be hosting a clothing swap/clothing drive on Thursday, June 6, at their location in Chicago. From the Facebook event:
The QT Shop is LIVE! We will be hosting our first clothing swap/clothing drive on Thursday, June 6th from 12pm to 4pm at 2747 W 79th St. We acknowledge the struggles of meeting basic needs within the LGBTQ+ specifically among Black, Brown, & Indigenous individuals of the community. With the lack of investment, jobs, and opportunities for financial stability and self-empowerment, Brave Space Alliance wants to start providing spaces for us to gather and meet those needs on the most basic and efficient level that we can: grassroots.

AFT and Brave Space Alliance are Out in the Park on May 25

CHICAGO — About Face Theatre and the Brave Space Alliance are hosting Out in the Park at Washington Park on Saturday, May 25. From the Facebook event:
Join About Face Theatre and Brave Space Alliance for a special afternoon of stories, refreshments, and conversation at Washington Park. This presentation of POWER IN PRIDE includes an original performance full of humorous and brave stories about gender and sexuality along with vibrant intergenerational conversation. Based on true experiences from the ensemble, this play reveals stories of building a chosen family, maintaining self care, being a strong ally, and finding personal joy. POWER IN PRIDE invites audiences into positive dialogue to create more equitable and inclusive environments for all.

Brave Space Alliance offering Trans 101 training

CHICAGO — The Brave Space Alliance, a Black-led trans-led LGBTQ center in Chicago, is offering Trans 101 training. The training is being offered to businesses and organizations to educate people on transgender people and the issues they face. The workshops are primarily geared toward groups of youth and/or adults ages 14 and older. 

If your organization would like to schedule a Trans 101 session, then fill out the request form. If you have questions, people can contact the BSA at (708)683-4397.

Brave Space Alliance looking for community support

CHICAGO — Brave Space Alliance is looking to the community to help support new positions with the LGBTQ center. From their Facebook post:
Brave Space Alliance, the only Black-led trans-led LGBTQ Center in Chicago, has been expanding over this past couple of months! We are pushing ourselves to provide more programs for our LGBTQ+ community on the South and West side of Chicago. However, with this expansion, we need to expand and build up our resources to meet these goals efficiently. Be a part of the process, growth, and mission of BSA by becoming a monthly donor.

Brave Space Alliance announces new staff member

CHICAGO — Brave Space Alliance (BSA) announced emem as a new program assistant and community organizer on Friday. From BSA’s Facebook announcement:
emem aka cunty meme is an artist, international activist, community organizer born in Brooklyn and raised on the South Side of Chicago. They began activism at American University, DC rallying around issues of race, gender, and class. They helped facilitate workshops for over 500 students during their time as a student organizer. While in DC, they focused on mutual aid programs and providing educational workshops surrounding food justice, autonomy, self-defense, and political education for the local DC community.