Women’s History Month: Kim L. Hunt, a Leader Devoted to Working with LGBTQ+ Communities

Women’s History Month: Kim L. Hunt, a Leader Devoted to Working with LGBTQ+ Communities

This March, we’re offering rides to places honoring women’s contributions to our nation’s history, as well as select women-owned businesses.*

There are so many inspiring women across the country, we decided to celebrate Women’s History Month by finding out what places had an impact on their journeys. We got started by asking Lyft Board Member, Valerie Jarrett, to introduce us to some of the women who inspire her — and that includes Kim L. Hunt.

Kim L. Hunt’s career spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with a focus on advocacy, leadership, and community and organizational development. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Pride Action Tank, a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago — where she also serves as the Interim Vice President of Policy & Advocacy. Kim is the receipt of numerous honors and awards, including induction into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.

We asked Kim about the places that made her. She told us the Chicago History Museum, The Dearborn, Fabina’s Bakery in Hyde Park, the Harold Washington Library Center, and the Legacy Walk in Lakeview. Here’s what she had to say:

Chicago History Museum
“In 2012, the Chicago History Museum was the first major museum in the country to curate an LGBTQ exhibit with “Out in Chicago: LGBT History at the Crossroads.” For the last several years, I have had the honor and pleasure of being on the planning committee for the OUT at CHM series. The annual program series focuses on the intersections of Chicago and LGBTQ+ history that highlights scholarship, performance, and other expertise. (By the way, the first program of the 2019 OUT at CHM [series] is on March 27.)”

The Dearborn
“The Dearborn is a wonderful restaurant near the Goodman Theatre. It's owned by two sisters who have done an amazing job of creating an affordable restaurant with great food and a very cool atmosphere. Every time I go to this restaurant, I'm greeted warmly and super satisfied with the meal and the service. I have taken my staff here for our end-of-year celebration, had after-work drinks, and hung out for long, leisurely meals with friends.”

Fabiana’s Bakery in Hyde Park
“A woman-owned business with killer pastries and a great atmosphere for hanging out.”

Harold Washington Library Center
“When I was in college in Iowa, Black students gathered at a student government meeting to fight to keep our music on the student radio station. The meeting stopped [to hear the] announcement that Harold Washington had become the mayor of Chicago. Although I was from Kansas City, Missouri, I understood the significance of that moment. Years later, I was a graduate student intern at the Chicago Transit Authority when I heard that Harold Washington died in office. Like many others, I was crushed beyond belief. Harold Washington instilled a sense of hope and possibility in me during his lifetime — I am reminded of that each time I enter that beautiful building.”

The Legacy Walk in Lakeview
“It’s the world’s only permanent outdoor installation commemorating important people in history who are also LGBTQ+.”

Get $10 off* 1 ride to or from one of these places, and learn more about their contribution to women’s history. Use code: WHMCHI

*Max $10 off per ride. Limit one credit per Lyft account. Credit will not carry over for an eligible ride costing less than $10. Credit must be entered into Lyft app and used between March 7, 12:00 AM through March 31, 2019 11:59 PM. Ride must start or end at a participating location listed above. Discount does not apply to tips, cancellation fees, damage charges, or taxes. Subject to Lyft’s Terms of Service.

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