BRONX, NEW YORK. STEPHEN PARELLI. MARCH 12, 2014.
In an email from Ann Craig dated March 5, 2014, Ann announced a March 6 press conference to be held at Broadway United Methodist Church of Chicago for the launching of CLASP, the Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Program.
The Rev. Louis McCullen Parr of Broadway United Methodist Church, and Andy Thayer of Gay Liberation Network, are the Co-founders of CLASP.
CLASP is organizing resources such as: housing that is available for a minimum of 6 months; gifts of money, food and clothing; networking for medical, legal and spiritual support for asylum seekers. CLASP is an outgrowth of a nationwide group called LGBT Faith & Asylum Network (LGBT-FAN) which is a national coalition dedicated to helping people who are seeking safety in the United States because of persecution based on sexual orientation or gender identity in their home countries. Find more information online: http://www.lgbt-fan.org/