Howard Brown Health: A Safe Haven for LGBTQ Youth

Howard Brown Health: A Safe Haven for LGBTQ Youth

In a study conducted by Williams Institute, shocking statistics appeared. About forty percent of the Chicago LGBT youth community were homeless. For many of these young teens, running away from home deemed to be the only option. Many would also be sexually, emotionally, and physically abused for coming out to their friends and family. It becomes systemic oppression at its finest and the tipping point for these youth. The streets become safer than their own homes.

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A Community Café Providing More Than Coffee

A Community Café Providing More Than Coffee

I think there is some consensus that we can all share. The world is not fair. We could spend hours arguing the reasons for this unfair playing field or why it seems some people get a leg up in life. These are good questions to be thinking about. But they do not always lead us to answers, a solution, or even a small action of change.

Walking into Curt’s Café is like walking into many other coffee shops. I ordered my coffee, got a scone, and pretended to work. It was a very typical experience, though there was something much greater happening around me.

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Food For Freedom Organization

Food For Freedom Organization

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Food deserts are geographic areas where residents have no access to healthy food options. Many of the people in Chicago affected by this are African-Americans. To make things worse many people in these neighborhoods only have access to fast food restaurants, which can have a great negative affect on their health.

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