We are a social justice organization serving the needs of the Black LGBTQ+ community with a particular focus on Black women.
We envision a society where being your authentic self is not a liability and differences are fully embraced.
We value community, recovery, healthy shared leadership, accountability, knowledge, safe spaces, critical justice and reciprocal relationships.
Our priorities are in supporting education, health, wellness and safety, as well as advocacy, organizing and civic engagement.
Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director
Erma B. Standley, Program Coordinator
Jasmine “Jas” Thurmond
Betsy “Jovan” Watkins
Tammy and Kebra
Erma B. Standley
25 years ago Affinity was born out of the desire for Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals to bring visibility to their presence on the south side. Today, we're still standing.
Black LBGTQ Community members petitioned to march in the Bud Billiken Parade, a south side institution and at the time the largest parade in the U.S. Shortly after that victory for visibility, Affinity was born.
Affinity was recognized with the Bayard Rustin Award for Social Organization of the Year, Greater Chicago Committee.
Affinity was awarded the:
Ron Sable Award for Outstanding Community Activism, Crossroads Fund
Bayard Rustin Award for Outstanding Community Service
Bayard Rustin Award for Social Organization of the Year, Chicago
Audre Lorde Legacy Award, Union Institute in Washington, DC
Friends for Life Award, Howard Brown Health Center
Outstanding Community Contributions Award, Lesbian Community Cancer Project
Affinity was acknowledged with the Community Empowerment Award, Richard A. Devine, Illinois State’s Attorney.
Affinity was recognized with the:
Rainbow Spirit Award, New Spirit MCC
Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame Induction, Richard M. Daley, Mayor
Affinity received the National Affiliate Award, Women In the Life Association.
Affinity received the Lynn Campbell Memorial Award, Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice.
Affinity honored for 15 Years of Service to the LGBTQ Community, Richard M. Daley, Mayor.
Affinity received the PrideIndex Esteem Award for Outstanding Social Service/CBO.
Affinity was recognized with the BMO Harris Lions Pride Community Organization of the Year.