Howard Brown Health and Pride Action Tank Release LGBTQ South Side Needs Assessment

The Complete Report Concludes Phase One in the Development of an LGBTQ Community Center on Chicago’s South Side

(Chicago, IL, July 8, 2021) – Today, Pride Action Tank (PAT), a project of AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC), released the results of the LGBTQ South Side Needs Assessment, the first step in Howard Brown Health’s development of an LGBTQ community center on Chicago’s South Side. You can read the full report on PAT’s website.

Channyn Parker, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Howard Brown Health, stated:

Howard Brown Health is excited to use the results of Pride Action Tank’s completed needs assessment to inform our next steps in the development of an LGBTQ community center on Chicago’s South Side. The report provides us with direct insight into what LGBTQ South Siders need and want from a project like this, identifying more than a few opportunities to ensure the community center is a success. These include proximity to public transit, an affirming community gathering space, culturally relevant programs, and a planning committee consisting of local residents and internal stakeholders. We are also giving special consideration to the desire for a space that reflects the joy and resilience of the city’s South Siders, developing the community center with the South Side’s strengths at its core.

Pride Action Tank hosted a panel discussion upon the release of the report on its social media pages, viewable here.

Read Howard Brown Health’s initial announcement of the project on its website.

Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest, providing primary and specialty healthcare, social services, and infectious disease screenings to more than 40,000 people each year. The 13 clinics and three resale stores span the City of Chicago, from Englewood to Rogers Park. For more information, visit


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