Gerald Farinas
 

CHICAGO MADISON HONOLULU

COMMUNITY ADVOCATE

FORMER LGBT PUBLISHER AND JOURNALIST

WRITER & PHOTOG

ALZ AND DEMENTIA EDUCATOR

LGBT AGING CONSULTANT

 
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This is GERRY

Name: Gerald Farinas

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii

Age: 35

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Neighborhood: Edgewater Beach

Ancestry: Ilocano

Education: Moanalua High School; Loyola University Chicago

Teams: Chicago Blackhawks; Green Bay Packers; Loyola Ramblers; University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Likes: Malted milkshakes; English cucumbers; sushi and sashimi dates; Cuban lechon; annual vacations to Hawaii; weekends in Madison, Wisconsin

Dislikes: Apple pie; ice cream; late-night talk shows

 
 

A heritage of advocacy

Born and raised in Honolulu to hospitality workers and UNITE HERE Local 5 union activists, Gerry is the proud grandson and great nephew of Sakadas—the Ilocano sugarcane and pineapple plantation laborers in Territorial Hawaii. His deep roots in Hawaii's historic labor movement is what inspired Gerry to organize his community, advocate for civil rights, and fight for Older Americans.

For over 15 years, Gerry has consulted for Chicago and Illinois political campaigns, served as editor and writer of an award-winning LGBT news publication during the marriage equality movement, and found himself in leadership for a non-profit CCRC, where he directs social services, community programming, and spiritual life, and is an Alzheimer's and dementia educator.

With a focus on raising awareness of LGBT Older Americans and their social needs, Gerry became a consultant to prepare residential communities for elders who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Gerry is also a proponent of increased access to healthcare for LGBT persons of all ages and promotes HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.

 

Neighborhood activism

Gerry is committed to being actively involved in seeking solutions to issues facing Chicago and its neighborhoods.

 
 

“Our paramount purpose in our communities is to protect dignity, inspire pride, and lead with respect for all people.”

Gerry Farinas on neighborhood activism

 
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Press Play

Listen to a couple songs on Gerry's playlist.

 
 

 

GERRY ON TWITTER 

 
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