It’s not surprising that Black queer men are still breaking down barriers today, pushing forward our impact on culture in to every aspect of the arts and community. This year, Avery R. Young made history by being appointed as Chicago’s first Poet Laureate, which is an official poet appointed by the state government with the expectation to compose poems for special events. Young will shape the inaugural program for future artists, lead the torch to increase awareness of Chicago’s historic contributions to the literary arts and create opportunities for other artists. Prior to being chosen as Chicago’s Poet Laureate, Young received many honors for his poetry and musical work and made a name for himself in the creative community. He’s also an award-winning teaching artist through his residency at University of Chicago. Young's words are making room for future Black queer artists to poetically speak truth to power. —G.E.
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