Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

AFC calls on state legislature to pass Getting to Zero Illinois 2030 bills
by Carrie Maxwell
2022-03-31

This article shared 1532 times since Thu Mar 31, 2022
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) held its annual HIV Advocacy Day on March 9, saying it is focused on the Getting to Zero Illinois Plan (GTZ-IL) that aims to end the HIV epidemic in the state by 2030.

"We had a really terrific event that included storytelling to start the day off with [Howard Brown Health Aging Services Advisory Board and Vernita Gray Council for Philanthropy member] Stefanie Clark talking about her experiences as a trans woman," said AFC CEO and President John Peller. "Then state Rep. Greg Harris, state Sen. Mike Simmons and state Sen. Karina Villa talked about the bills they are working on."

The GTZ-IL Omnibus appropriations bill (HB4264 and SB3632) will provide $15 million in HIV treatment, testing and prevention services with the focus on racial equity and communities most impacted by the HIV epidemic. HB4430 will increase PrEP and PEP access at community pharmacies especially in marginalized communities while HB5549 will shore up the African American HIV/AIDS Response Fund.

AFC is calling on the Illinois General Assembly to incorporate these bills into the state budget that is currently being crafted by legislators during this Spring session.

"Our legislators, no matter where folks are in this state, need to hear that these funding requests are a priority," said Peller. "This includes people who are living on the North Side of Chicago. Illinois has a great plan to end the HIV epidemic but it is really time to put state funding behind that plan. We are asking legislators to do exactly that. The state got a tremendous amount of federal funding through the federal American Rescue Plan that was signed into law last year. We are asking for state legislators to make essential financial investments using a portion of those funds to move the GTZ-IL plan forward.

"Things like providing housing and wrap-around supporting services for those living with HIV. Services for people who are coming out of prison or jail who are living with HIV, increasing access for PrEP and helping folks who are uninsured afford the costs of going to the doctor and getting their labs done. Those are the key priorities here. We also want to make sure legislators are focusing on the needs of Black-led organizations which are often the most culturally competent when it comes to serving African American people who are the population most impacted by HIV. We are also asking for $15 million to be put into the African American HIV Response Fund to help these efforts."

"I share the Governor's commitment to reach zero HIV/AIDS cases in Illinois by 2030," said state Rep. Lamont Robinson. "We still have more work to do, but I am proud of the steps we have taken so far. I am a leading co-sponsor of HB4264, to provide state pandemic funds to support HIV/AIDS programs and leading co-sponsor of HB4430, to allow pharmacists to provide patients with drugs that fight HIV. And I continue to advocate for millions of state dollars to support the African-American HIV/AIDS Response Fund because we have too many cases in the Black community. I am confident we will conclude this session with important progress made in our efforts for Getting to Zero HIV/AIDS cases in Illinois."

"From Chicago to East St. Louis and from Rockford to Springfield, HIV has and continues to impact every corner of our state especially among our Black, Latino and LGBTQ+ communities," said state Sen. Doris Turner (SB3632 co-sponsor). "The statewide Getting to Zero Plan to end the HIV epidemic in Illinois by 2030 is a critical step in addressing these harms. I am proud to champion the call for substantial investments for the plan's implementation."

During the March 9 HIV Advocacy Day legislator breakfast, Simmons (who is carrying HB4430 in the state Senate and is also a chief co-sponsor of state Sen. Kimberly Lightford's HB5549) told the audience "We need to be lighting up the phones and calling people, flooding their inboxes and making it hard for them to not understand our issues. When we talk about Getting to Zero by 2030, this is literally a life-or-death issue for thousands of people in the state of Illinois, so we do not have time for people to not understand or try to misplace budget priorities that could save lives. Everything that GTZ-IL is doing here is ground zero and elemental to all of that."

Peller is calling on all Illinoisans to contact their state Representatives and Senators and ask them to support these bills.

See gtzillinois.hiv/the-plan/ .

Visit p2a.co/rsqmh1s to send a message to your state legislators via the links for each bill.


This article shared 1532 times since Thu Mar 31, 2022
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

276,000 transgender adults in the U.S. are enrolled in Medicaid
2022-12-07
-- From a press release - More than 40% lack guaranteed access to coverage for gender-affirming care under state law An estimated 276,000 transgender adults are enrolled in Medicaid in the U.S., according to a new analysis by the Williams Institute at ...


Gay News

Howard Brown Health set to lay off 15 percent of the staff, union members respond
2022-12-06
Just two months after Howard Brown Health (HBH) leadership and non-nurse employees represented by the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) finalized a three-year union contract, the nonprofit has announced that about ...


Gay News

Mpox Working Group sends letter to Congress calling for $900 million in funding
2022-12-06
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, in partnership with 39 other leading public health, HIV/AIDS, medical ...


Gay News

PRCC-VIDA/SIDA event marks World AIDS Day with Vigil and Baton show
2022-12-05
On Dec. 1, the Puerto Rican Community Center (PRCC) and Vida/SIDA celebrated World AIDS Day with a candlelight vigil in the afternoon and a commemorative show at The Baton Show Lounge in the evening. The earlier ...


Gay News

Santa Speedo Run returns with plenty of holiday cheer
2022-12-05
The 11th annual Santa Speedo Run took place at Sidetrack Video Bar Dec. 3. The event, a fundraiser for Center on Halsted, has grown exponentially year after year and has managed to take on a life ...


Gay News

Chicago's sweetest party and fundraiser, World of Chocolate returns In-person Feb. 17 at Union Station
2022-12-05
-- From a press release - CHICAGO — Glitz, glamour and chocolate…after a nearly three-year hiatus, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) proudly announces the return of its famed World of Chocolate fundraiser on Friday, February 17 at Union Station ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Trans officials, marriage equality, Karl Schmid, Pelosi, Buttigieg
2022-12-04
Video below - Once all of the newly elected officials are seated, there will be nine transgender state legislators (up from eight this year) and nine non-binary state legislators across the country, NBC News noted, citing The Victory Institute. ...


Gay News

Cleve Jones, founder of AIDS Memorial Quilt, honored with Lifetime of Commitment Award on World AIDS Day
2022-12-03
-- From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2022) — The National AIDS Memorial marked World AIDS Day with a national observance at the 10-acre National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco, honoring AIDS activist and founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt ...


Gay News

Pritzker administration announces highly effective HIV treatment coming to Illinois in 2023
2022-12-02
-- From a press release - CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today on World AIDS Day that a new, long-acting HIV treatment called Cabenuva will become available to thousands of ...


Gay News

World AIDS Day: GLAAD releases 2022 State of HIV Stigma Study
2022-12-01
-- From a press release - (New York, NY - December 1, 2022) GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is releasing its third annual State of HIV Stigma ...


Gay News

GLAAD responds to renaming of Monkeypox
2022-11-30
-- From a press release - (New York, NY) - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement recommending a new ...


Gay News

WHO renames monkeypox
2022-11-29
On Nov. 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that monkeypox has been renamed "mpox." According to a press release from the organization, "both names will be used simultaneously for one year while 'monkeypox' is phased out. " ...


Gay News

Peppermint barks while Broadway bangs, and all the other dish to start the week
2022-11-28
"I love Broadway. I love what they do—Broadway Cares, but I also want to say the show is extraordinary!" —Nicole Kidman's impromptu speech after bidding $100K to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for Hugh Jackman's hat after ...


Gay News

Chicago's COVID level returns to 'medium'; boosters/shots encouraged
2022-11-26
According to the latest information on the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) website, the city's COVID-19 risk level is now at medium level. In a news release, the Chicago Department of Public Health explained Cook ...


Gay News

Transgender Day of Resilience: Town Hall panelists tackle allyship, discrimination and immigration
2022-11-23
Brave Space Alliance (BSA), Life Is Work (LIW) and Chicago Therapy Collective (CTC) hosted three free events across the city that they named—TDOR Weekend: A New Era, Together— to celebrate ...


 




Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.