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Newspaper headline from 1996, "Youth center expands gay and lesbian teen support programs."

“This is a place you can come to and express how you feel about your sexuality and you don’t have to worry about someone verbally or physically attacking you.”


In 1996, Aunt Martha’s became the first South Suburban organization to offer a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (GLBTQ) support, education, and prevention group.
 
As late as 2003 (and possibly much later!), Aunt Martha’s was still the only agency in the south suburbs with an ongoing support group gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and young adults. Weekly sessions were attended by groups of 25 and more by participants making their way from as far as the north side of Chicago and the rural outskirts of Kankakee.
 
By then, many of the youth and young adults who turned to us acknowledged Aunt Martha’s as the only support and link to services that prevented them from contracting HIV.
 
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