Chicago is gradually emerging to be a gay destination. Sounds quite strange, right? Well! Chicago hosted the International Gay Games in 2006. It was USA’s first government-recognized gay neighborhood and Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade is attended by an estimation of four hundred thousand people every year.
News is in the air that local officials have decided to open up an eco-friendly $20 million gay Community Center at Halsted covering an area of about sixty five thousand square feet. This will support facilities like a computer lab, an office space for gatherings, a black-box theater, a gym named after Billie Jean King – the popular tennis player, a rooftop garden that has been named for Mayor Richard M. Daley, and a Whole Foods supermarket. On hearing the plan, Tracy Baim, editor and publisher of Windy City Times said that it was like a dream come true.
USA has about one hundred and sixty gay community centers, with ten facilities adding every year. This particular statement came from Terry Stone, the Executive Director of the National Association of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Community Centers. However, the leaders all throughout Chicago have pointed out that due to the lack of the central organization the city has been deprived from participating in various nationwide programs.
Burns, the Executive Director of New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center said that the community centers are actually the largest gay organizations right from New York till Los Angeles. According to Baim, the gay community was said to move from place to place, and that too over the last twenty years. The reason was the failure on part of the organizers in affording the building.
Chicago’s medical infrastructure for the gay community surged with the opening of The Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago, which has the primary focus on detecting sexually transmitted diseases in Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Community Centers.