Join me as I welcome Kim L. Hunt, Executive Director, Affinity Community Services, to this week’s podcast. Located in Chicago, Affinity is a social justice organization working with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies to identify and address needs, create safe spaces, develop leaders, and bridge communities.
I spoke with Kim about Affinity Community Services’ history, mission, programs and ongoing efforts.
Nearly 20 years ago, Affinity was born out of the desire of out Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals to bring visibility to their presence on the south side. Through the efforts of an ad hoc committee and supporters, the group successfully petitioned to march in the Bud Biliken Parade, a south side institution and, at the time, the largest parade in the U.S. After that accomplishment, members of the committee thought there should be an organization to continue social justice work on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities. Affinity Community Services was born as a result of their hard work as well as the courage and sustained efforts of other groups before them.