Welcome to Community Alliance & Action Network...“We are here...” for you!
We are an LGBTQ organization that provides advocacy, support, and outreach services for the lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer community, and our allies, in Joliet, IL and the surrounding area. Our Mission is to build community and personal alliances to better the quality of life of all no matter the sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expressions. We provide education, and advocacy, to celebrate our diversity, and to inform others about issues affecting our lives.
We don't believe in the status quo. We believe in equality for everyone!
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Events in Indiana Spring 2015 over the religious freedom law show us that the LGBTQ community is entering mainstream society. Laws allowing blatant discrimination can not be enacted in the Midwest. More than half of mainstream society believes that the LGBTQ community deserves to be treated fairly, and that we deserve the right of civil marriage. Some in our LGBTQ community have never experienced rejection from family, friends, or religious institution. Then there are those of us who have been disowned by family, ostrasized by friends, and condemned by their religious institutions. Clearly the LGBTQ community is a community in transition. Information gleaned from African American history, women's studies, and experiences after enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, show that though legal rights are granted the power structure of society changes very slowly. The LGBTQ person is in every facet of society. Now that the LGBTQ community is achieving legal rights we must join with other oppressed communities to work toward a better society.
June 28, 1969 the police were doing their typical raid on a gay bar. The Stonewall Inn in New York City was a gay bar that drag queens, trans men, trans women, and prostitutes patronized, and where homeless trans/gay/lesbian youth loitered around. Being gay was against the law. The cops were doing their job conducting yet another raid on this gay bar but this time the paddy wagons were late. The sight of arrested patrons waiting on the sidewalk drew a crowd from around the community and sparks flew. Frightened cops withdrew into the Inn surrounded by angry LGBTQ people. Police action saved the cops but the riots lasted a few days. Within two years from June 28, 1969 there were LGBTQ organizations not only in every major U.S. city but around the planet. Now same sex marriage is the law of the land but not everyone can celebrate. People of the LGBTQ community are in every race, and class. We have every ability, and disability. We are of every age. Our community must be safe for all of us.
The Future is Here.
The future is here and it looks too much like the past. Join with CAAN to begin the conversation that forges a way to create a Safe Community for All. It cannot be legislated, history has proven this. It begins in our hearts.
Take the Survey.
We are collecting a discrimination survey to find out what your experience is as a member of the LGBTQ community in Joliet. It is a quick, simple, 10 question survey. You can take it now, just click the link here.
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