In Our Thoughts & Prayers

A tireless and outspoken advocate in the LGBT community of Chicago, Christina Santiago, passed away this last weekend. The Marin Foundation would just like to send our condolences to the friends and family of Christina Santiago and your prayers would be appreciated during this difficult time for them.

Christina Santiago, a well-known LGBT advocate and the manager of programming for Howard Brown Health Center’s Lesbian Community Care Project ( LCCP ) , died Aug. 13 when strong winds toppled a concert stage at the Indiana State Fair, killing five.

Santiago’s partner, Alisha Marie Brennon, was among 45 injured. Brennon was expected to survive, a friend said. She had surgery Sunday night, and on Monday she was moved from the intensive care unit and her neck brace was removed.

Concertgoers in Indianapolis, Ind., were waiting for country music duo Sugarland to take the stage when strong winds collapsed the stage Saturday night. reported that winds were between 50-70 mph. at the fair.

Santiago, 29, was among those killed.

Santiago, a self-identified Puerto Rican lesbian and feminist activist, grew up in the Bronx in New York City and received a degree in women’s studies and sociology from the University of New York at Albany.

Just a year after starting her work at Howard Brown Health Center, Santiago was honored with a Windy City Times “30 under 30″ award for her work as women’s healthcare advocate in 2007.

Click here to read the rest of the article from the Windy City Times.

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Amy

    Wow… I am so sad to hear this. My heart goes out to everyone who knew Christina; especially her partner, Alisha. <3

  • Mrs T

    This is such a loss, but I bet she would want us to use this tragedy to do more to help each other. Condolences to her family & friends.
    To those who are left: May we help each other more & beat the AIDS scourge that plagues so many.