Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Housing Development for Chicago LGBT Seniors

The first affordable housing for LGBT seniors in Chicago is expected to open in 2014 -- just in two years! This is a photo of the latest design, courtesy of Curbed.

The development is located in Lakewiew, adjacent to the Center on Halsted and it follows the already existing Triangle Square in Hollywood and a new planned building in Philadelphia. The concept is to provide an LGBT-friendly environment for those with limited income and in combination with social services. More to come as the details are worked out.

For more information see the piece Housing the Invisible @ The Atlantic Cities.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

How to Survive the Plague

How to Survive the Plague is a new film documentary about the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US and the mobilization of gay men, and their allies. As it should be, it focuses on the activism of ACT UP -- the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. Gay men of the Baby Boomer Generation were the most impacted by the epidemic. Between the years of 1987 and 1995, at the height of the epidemic, they suffered the highest mortality rates. They were dying in proportions only seeing in times of war. The survivors were left in great pain and alone, once more in their lives as gay people.
Frank Bruni, of The New York Times, provides a preview of this movie in his article The AIDS Warriors' Legacy