In September, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance recognized the Berwyn South School District 100 with the Ally of the Year Award for their policies and practices supporting transgender students. As teachers and counselors met students in the district who were coming out as transgender or gender-variant, they decided that it was time to create a school environment where these students could feel safe and welcome. The Alliance worked closely with staff and administrators to develop these guidelines over several months, and now the district is being recognized as a leader nationally around the issue. Flicker Effects created a video profiling the major players of the project which was shown at the Museum of Broadcast Communications at the ISSA’s annual Homecoming Awards Gala in September.
Howard Brown Health Center celebrated its 40th anniversary at its annual Garden of Eve event on November 7 at Venue One in the West Loop. It was a cold night, but the vibes were warm and the beats were flowing… and the fancy hors d’oeuvres didn’t hurt, either! After providing health care services to Chicago’s LGBT community for 40 years, Howard Brown has earned its props, and staff and supporters were on hand to mark the occasion. I was there breaking in my new suit jacket and trying to figure out how to eat fancy mac n cheese while not looking like a messy twelve year old. (I failed.) But the video looked good! Flicker Effects was hired to edit the video promo which was projected on two giant screens, and gave an overview of the event and the organization. Our video from last year’s Garden of Eve was such a hit that they asked us back, and it was an honor. Much love to all the folks at HBHC.