Note: This holiday season, in lieu of a traditional holiday gift guide, we'll be featuring a different LGBT organization each day for our "30 Days Of LGBT Giving." Check back tomorrow for a look at another incredible group that's working tirelessly on behalf of the LGBT community.
Since 1974, the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago has existed "to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness." Now, the center has grown to become one of the nation's largest LGBT organizations.
Named after the late pioneer Dr. Howard Brown, an Illinois native, founder of the National Gay Task Force (now the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) and former New York City Public Health Commissioner, the center serves more than 36,000 adults and youth each year. The LGBT organization operates with seven primary service divisions including: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives.
This holiday season, the center will host a benefit celebration for Chicago's Broadway Youth Center, a program at HBHC that caters to homeless youth aged 12-24, on December 6 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Spin Nightclub in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.