The Reverend Stan J. Sloan Stan J. Sloan is the Executive Director of Family Equality Council (http://www.familyequality.org/), the national advocacy group that connects, supports, and represents the United States' three million lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer parents and their six million children of all ages. Reverend Sloan offers the Above and Beyond Board a broad, cross-cutting level of expertise that keeps them advised of the most recent developments emanating from his experiential cockpit in Manhattan, nestled in the heart of New York City. He puts his colleagues “in-the-know-of-now” but against a future that only he has special vision into. Stan balances the present against the future in a manner that make his contributions unique and invaluable.
“Stan is a unifier who will encourage our families to help themselves and each other in these challenging times,” said Family Equality Council Board Chair Nancy Lyons. "Since winning nationwide marriage equality, anti-LGBTQ legislators, organizations and individuals have found new and insidious ways to hurt our families - from bakers refusing to make cakes for same-sex weddings and clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to elected officials passing discriminatory 'religious liberty' laws and so-called 'bathroom bills.' And the June 12 Orlando massacre serves as a tragic reminder that fires of hatred and intolerance still burn strong toward our community."
Sloan has been a leader in the homeless, LGBTQ and AIDS service communities for over two decades and having served as the CEO of Chicago House since 2000 he is the longest serving CEO in that legendary institution’s history. During his decade and a half tenure he more than quadrupled the services offered, served as an iconic leader in HIV/AIDS, developing a city-wide Center for Disease Control Prevention Program and also pioneering the Midwest’s first HIV/AIDS Employment Initiative. In very recent history Sloan led the agency as it opened the nation’s most comprehensive services for those in need in the Transgender Community, offering housing, employment services, medical services, legal services and emergency drop-in services all under one roof in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. That work has led to further work in the field of LGBTQ poverty and economic disparity, which his successors are now working on with national partners at the UCLA Williams Institute, the Center for American Progress in Washington DC and the Vaid Group in NYC. Together, the partners are called the LGBTQ Poverty Collaborative, and they have led both US Congressional Briefings and a US Treasury Summit of the US Executive Agencies on the subject of LGBTQ Economic Disparity.
Stan, a well-known Episcopalian Priest with the Diocese of Chicago until his move to New York, had been a leader in the homeless, LGBTQ and AIDS service communities for nearly 20 years. He was the founding President of the Alliance to End Homelessness, and he served as a Co-Chair of the Board of the Chicago Housing for Health Partnership. A former Board Member of the Illinois ACLU, Stan also serves on the board of Above and Beyond Recovery Services, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Audience Development and Diversity Committee and served on the Chicago Community Trust’s Advisory Board for People with Disabilities.
For over ten years Stan served as the Chaplain of St. Gregory’s Episcopal School, an inner city school serving K-8, where he was also a board member. He is the former Pastor of the Caribbean-American parish of Saints George and Matthias in Roseland. Separately, he serves on an advisory committee for the American Public University System in Washington, DC. In 2006, he was presented with the Human Relations Award by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations for his work in the LGBT, homeless, and religious communities. His efforts in HIV/AIDS and homelessness have been recognized by being selected the award recipient for the Illinois Department of Public Health Red Ribbon Award, the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago Advocate of the Year Award, and the 2011 Community Service Award by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. In 2010 he was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame and was presented the Chicago Tribune Good Eating Award for his work with Sweet Miss Giving’s Bakery, Chicago House’s social enterprise.