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May 2-5, 2014 – As a follow up to its award winning series, Generation Halsted, Windy City Times is hosting a summit on LGBTQ youth in the Chicago region. Summit participants will assess the issues impacting LGBTQ homeless youth and youth themselves will come up with new solutions to these complex issues. Youth, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and concerned individuals are invited to participate in a new way of working together, similar to the diverse and transparent approach of the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality in 2013. We invite you to join us as we shine a public spotlight on LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago.


Owning Our Lives: Dream It. Speak It. Do It!!

2014 LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit 

May 2-5, 2014

“Marriage is behind us. Housing is next. What are we doing to fight for the cause? The time starts NOW!”  —  Keyshia LayMorris, Youth Organizer


FRIDAY, MAY 2nd, 2:00-9:00pm @ Lurie Children’s Hospital: Open to youth 25 and under who have been impacted by homelessness.Registration: FREE

SATURDAY, MAY 3rd,  9:00am-5:00 pm @ University of Illinois at Chicago: Workshops, plenary for nonprofits, foundations, government and political leaders. Registration:  Adults $45/Youth FREE

MONDAY, May 5th, 8:00am-12:00pm @ Museum of Broadcast Communications:Report from the summit to government agencies, politicians, foundations, and other funders. Registration:  FREE

“As an appropriation chairman overseeing  the State budget, everyday I see how education, sports, arts, healthcare, substance abuse counseling, physical and behavioral health, child care, parenting, affordable housing and a myriad of other issues overlap, and how challenging it is for many youth, particularly homeless youth, to access and use services.  Everything we do to collaborate, coordinate and help youth access and navigate across institutions, geography, services and organizations  are tasks we owe to thousands of young people who are struggling to achieve their full potential.” — State Rep. Greg Harris

“Addressing LGBT youth homelessness requires a team effort. This summit presents an opportunity for everyone – from policy makers and faith leaders to advocates and activists – to come together and find new ways to address an ongoing challenge.” – Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D., Chicago Department of Public Health

Summit Team

Breezy Connor, TransLife Center, Youth Organizer

Keyshia LayMorris, TransLife Center, Youth Organizer

Bonn Wade, TransLife Center,  Aspiring Adult Ally

Kim L. Hunt, Affinity Community Services, Summit Director

Tracy Baim, Windy City Times, Summit Host

Other Details

Summit registration details coming soon.

Tax deductible donations can be made through Crossroads Fund.

 For inquiries, contact Kim L. Hunt at