As Pride Month begins, organizations and brands across the U.S. will roll out rainbow-themed campaigns to show their solidarity with the LGBTQ community. But it’s important to remember that the gay community in the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s looked very different than it does today. “We were legally, socially, economically, [and] in every way second-class citizens,” said Art Johnson, Co-owner of Sidetrack.

Center On Halstead was invented to meet the needs of the LGBT community in Chicago. The Center is dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of Chicagoland’s LGBTQ community.

Everything about the Center—from its mission to its programs to its building’s very design—is meant to meet the unique needs of the LGBT community and encourage visibility, pride, and celebration. The lobby is open-plan and walled in clear glass, signifying that there is no longer any need to hide behind closed doors. The Center born from of an organization called “Horizons,” which provided counseling services, support groups, and more.

Today, Center on Halsted provides a huge array of programs and services for the LGBT community in Chicago, offering everything from group therapy to HIV testing to enrichment courses.


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