This is GERRY
Name: Gerald Farinas
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Neighborhood: Edgewater Beach
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.
Gerry is committed to being actively involved in seeking solutions to issues facing Chicago and its neighborhoods.
2020 Election Endorsements
Jacob Meister (D) for Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court
“Our paramount purpose in our communities is to protect dignity, inspire pride, and lead with respect for all people.”
Gerry Farinas on neighborhood activism
Listen to a couple songs on Gerry's playlist.
Gerry's tweets in the news
Kennedy's contempt for Pritzker flares up; Biss vs. JB in debate; Rauner's gov mansion business dealings [Politico, January 24, 2018]
'What does this button do?' [Sputnik International, January 14, 2018]
Soda tax snafu prompts McDonald's franchisee to offer refund [Chicago Tribune, July 3, 2017]
Can we talk about foxy Canadian PM Justin Trudeau for a moment [WCRZ, Flint, Mich., March 13, 2017]
Special snowflakes pressuring charities to boycott Mar-a-lago [Hot Air, February 6, 2017]
Dems come out to airports around country to support Muslims, refugees [Huffington Post, January 29, 2017]
#BecauseofCeCe McDonald [GLAAD, January 14, 2014]