The LGBT Health & Development Program


Hip Hop on the Down Low

23rd November

The Center on Halsted in Chicago continued its SpeakOUT Series with 5 local LGBTQ hip hop artists talking about what it’s like to be queer in hip hop. Emcee Sage Morgan-Hubbard, IMPACT’s very own Lou Bigelow, local performers Charity Taitt and Emanuel Vinson, and hip hop star Tim’m West present the power and complexity of changing culture and making your voice heard.

“It’s sometimes really small acts of courage,” West said. “It’s very powerful for somebody to see two brothers on the South Side holding hands… Sometimes we think politics has to be a protest, but [it] can be deciding you’re not going to leave your lover behind when you go back home for the holidays anymore.”

“Rosa [Parks] didn’t wait for them to say, ‘It’s okay for you to sit in the front,’” West said. “At some point, you just have … Read More »



Transgender Inclusion in the LGBT Community

18th November

How can we better unite the T into LGBT? This is a big issue our community’s facing, with different opinions everywhere. As part of our Community in Action campaign this summer, we asked this question to people at PrideFest and Dyke March in Chicago, 2011. This video shows some of their answers, including recognizing the importance of the transgender community in the fight for all of our rights.



How do LGBTQ people make a difference?

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3rd November

We make a difference in so many different ways, including being out and visible and joining up with other movements to work towards justice for everyone. We interviewed folks at Pride and Dyke March this year to see what they do to make a difference, so check it out, and think about what it means to you!






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