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ABOUT US

Lighthouse Foundation of Chicagoland is a Black Queer-led, multiracial social justice organization that advances justice for Black LGBTQ+ people across Chicagoland through empowerment, education, and entertainment. We envision a Chicagoland in which Black LGBTQ+ people are safe, resourced, empowered, liberated, and flourishing.

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OUR STORY

It all started in the summer of 2019. This was the summer that Progress Bar banned rap music, that Beatnix called the police on customers who objected to the sale of a confederate flag vest, and that Center on Halsted continued to contract with a security firm owned by an off-duty cop involved in a racist attack.

 

The racism in Northalsted wasn’t new. But the outrage boiled into something different: One Saturday in July, over 100 Black LGBTQ+ community members and allies packed together in a small chapel in Lincoln Park, motivated to unite and fight. This Racial Justice Summit marked the beginnings of Lighthouse Foundation of Chicagoland, founded by Jamie Frazier, pastor of Lighthouse Church of Chicago. 

 

On creating an organization dedicated solely to the liberation and celebration of Black LGBTQ+ people, Frazier said, “Lots of folks are interested in the movement, but they aren’t necessarily interested in joining the church, so we needed to create another organizational entity beyond Lighthouse Church to house this justice work. There are various ways people arrive at justice in the world. For many folks in this room, [it’s] through faith, and for others, it’s through experience.”


In 2019, the Racial Justice Summit gave Black LGBTQ+ members a chance to share their stories, and for Lighthouse Foundation of Chicagoland to cast a vision for how we would push forward to dismantle the systems that were oppressing us. Years later, we remain true to this mission as a non-profit that centers the needs of Black LGBTQ+ folks, one that can demand accountability from those who have amassed great resources to serve us.

OUR STORY
Our Work
Our Work
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Community Organizing

Since 2019 we’ve built a coalition of 16 organizations committed to racial justice, removed a racist security firm from the largest LGBTQ center in the Midwest, and launched a Black Queer Equity Index.

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Spirituality

Our Black Queer Caucus (BQC) helps our community flourish by offering biweekly events by and for our community that promote mutual understanding, foster positive self worth, and reclaim faith practices as a means of liberation.

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The Arts

Through Black Queer Pride and Voices of Light, we celebrate the Black Queer community’s talent, resilience, and joy by featuring vocal artists, poets, cooks, drag performers, and more.

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Workforce Development

We work with businesses and nonprofits to create more empowering, sustainable, and equitable opportunities for Black Queer workers.

OUR STRUCTURE 
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OUR STRUCTURE
OUR TEAM
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BLACK QUEER CAUCUS

CANDACE HAIRSTON

Black Queer Caucus Leader

She/Her

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BLACK QUEER CAUCUS

JAMES THOMAS

Black Queer Caucus Leader

Liason to Lighthouse Church UCC

He/They

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LIFE GROUPS

MICHAEL STONE

50+ Life Group Leader

He/Him

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STAFF

ALLEN WOMBLE

Director of Strategy

(BQEI Analyst & BQC Program Manager)

He/Him

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BLACK QUEER CAUCUS

DARIUS HOOVER

Black Queer Caucus Leader

He/Him

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VOICES OF LIGHT

ISAAC RAY

Voices of Light Director

He/Him

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CARE

KARLYN MEYER

Leadership Council President 

She/Her

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STAFF

MARCUS PAYNE II

Manager of Organizing

20/30s Life Group Leader

He/Him

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BLACK QUEER CAUCUS

JADE BOSIER

Black Queer Caucus Leader

20/30s Life Group Leader

She/Her

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LIFE GROUPS

DARRYL ROBINSON

50+ Life Group Leader

He/Him

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STAFF

JAMIE FRAZIER

Executive Director

He/Him

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STAFF

HANNAH PEWEE

Manager of Communications

She/Her

Our Team
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