Gaylon Alcaraz

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Gaylon Alcaraz
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Born October 26, 1970
Chicago, IL
Alma mater DePaul University
Occupation Executive Director of Chicago Abortion Fund
Movement Reproductive Rights, Community Organizing, Affordable Housing, LGBT, Women's Rights, Economic Justice
Parents Juanita Hayes, Maximino Alcaraz

Gaylon Alcaraz (born October 26, 1970) is a community organizer and human rights activist in Chicago, Illinois. She is the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund.[1] Her autobiography Tales of a Woojiehead was published by Blackgurl Press in 2002.


Gaylon won Choice USA's Steinem-Waters Legacy Award in 2009.[2] In 2010, she received an Impact Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women.[3] On November 12, 2013, Gaylon Alcaraz was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.[4]


Gaylon Alcaraz graduated from DePaul University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Organizing. She graduated from DePaul University in 2011 with a Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies.


In 1997, Gaylon Alcaraz became a founding board member of Affinity Community Services, an organization dedicated to developing leadership skills for black lesbian and bisexual women. In 2011, she became Board of Director for two organizations: Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and Midwest Access Project.


  1. ^ Alcaraz, Gaylon. "Executive Director Report". Chicago Abortion Fund. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Generation-to-Generation Celebration". Choice USA. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "2010 Impact Awards". Chicago Foundation for Women. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
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