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Tony Tripoli Chicago Cabaret Project Friday July 25th



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Before Michael Sam there was Eric Lueshen

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“Well, this is one giant step for Nebraska Athletics. Are you ready?”

It has been 11 years since Eric Lueshen asked his boyfriend this question at Nebraska’s student-athlete formal. At the time, there were no publicized gay athletes in major college football.

This was still the case until February  2014 when Michael Sam came out to the New York Times. Sam will be credited as football’s first openly gay athlete; however, that is not the whole truth.

Lueshen has been openly gay for the last 12 years. As a football player for the Nebraska Cornhuskers (2003-06), his teammates knew his sexual orientation and generally accepted him for it.

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Yet it never became news.

He shares his story on YouTube.  Eric reaches out with his heartfelt personal story and a message of hope, love, and acceptance. In the wake of Michael Sam coming out, Eric Lueshen, a former openly gay kicker for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 2003-2006, was approached to share his story.

He talks about his initial struggles of being accepted at a major collegiate football program over a decade ago, coming out to his Husker teammates, the transformation of homophobic players, a career ending back surgery, and ultimately being accepted and respected for who he is. He ends with a message of hope to everyone that “it gets better” and encourages them to live life on the other side of fear.

Eric lives in Chicago now and you can find him on Facebook  and Twitter.

Chicago House Film Night for TransLife Center Aug. 2nd

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CHICAGO HOUSE has a new and exciting benefit night they are launching! This is going to a very special event!!


The Matrix series. V for Vendetta. Cloud Atlas. For years, Andy and Lana Wachowski, the award-winning directors and producers of these films, have kept their Hollywood secrets hidden from the general public. But on Saturday, Aug. 2, the sibling duo is thrilled to offer an exclusive opportunity to join them at their private, 20,000-square foot industrial movie production studio in Edgewater – all to benefit Chicago House’s TransLife Center.

The inaugural event, TransReelization: An Evening of Film at Kinowerks Studio, will give attendees the chance to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a selection of films at the Wachowskis’ studio at 5645 N Ravenswood Avenue.

Kinowerks Studio is renowned for its “cleverly sustainable design elements and the best of green technology,” and is lined with Wachowski artifacts, trophies and memorabilia from their films.

“We are delighted to host this event supporting the TransLife Center,” Lana Wachowski said, “for a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts.”
Lana herself identifies as transgender, and over recent years she’s accepted numerous awards for her work pertaining to trans issues, including the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Visibility Award in 2012.

“Invisibility is indivisible from visibility,” Wachowski said in her HRC acceptance speech. “For the transgender community this is not simply a philosophical conundrum – it can be the difference between life and death.”
VIP guests will have the opportunity for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the studio guided by Lana prior to the start of the event.

All guests will get a comprehensive look into trans* issues with a full selection of short films that address gender-related topics set to play beginning at 7 p.m. The films include I Am A Girl!, I’m Yours, Gender Games, Sisterhood, a trailer for MAJOR!, and an exclusive sneak preview of Black is Blue.

The TransLife Center, Chicago House’s newest initiative, which opened its doors in July 2013, provides comprehensive programming and support to transgender individuals that seek housing, health, legal and employment services.

Support the life changing work of Chicago House’s TransLife Center today, and buy your tickets for TransReelization online at

Best Clothing Store Boutique in Milwaukee

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WELL, I was afraid to write about this place….because my best kept secret would be out of the bag! But it would be selfish of me not to share this gem WITH EVERYONE!

People ask me all the time where I buy my fantastic vintage shirts, and it’s usually here. – Plus they have a lot more than just vintage.

I have shopped at a LOT of vintage clothing stores from east coast to west coast, and LUV UNLIMITED is one THE BEST ever! (2649 S. Kinnickinnic in Milwaukee).

I Love them for their vintage finds but Luv Unlimited sells new, vintage & handmade clothing, accessories and jewelry for men and women.

They also offer new and vintage iron-ons which they professionally press on new American Apparel & Alternative Apparel shirts and sweatshirts. AND they offer hand-dipped and imported incense, records and gifts. ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES!

Sage Schwarm and Becky Heck are the owners.We opened in the spring of 2004.” Sage says. “At that time there were no other buy, sell, trade stores in Milwaukee and it drove us crazy, so we figured we’d have to do it ourselves. Now there are several, although many have come and gone.”

The store is very meticulous. Everything is very organized, hung neatly, displayed neatly and the vintage finds are top notch quality at affordable prices. You can tell a lot of thought goes into the store, in every way.


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Sage explains:
“We are different than other businesses like ours in several ways.


1- We buy from the public by appointment only. Most other places you bring in your stuff, and they give you a number and tell you it could be an hour or two or three. Because we buy by appointment we are able to give the customer immediate attention. The average wait is 10 – 20 minutes. To make a selling appointment call 414-744-2540 during business hours. For selling rules check the web site at


2- We create original stuff. Becky is a seamstress and designs all kinds of clothes. She also sells her original paintings, jewelry, duct tape wallets, etc. All of her creations fall under her label HEX DESIGNS.

She concentrates heavily on recycled and upcycled materials in all of her creations. I do a lot of original silk-screened tees, totes, etc.
3- We sell records. We have a nice little section of new and used vinyl. We also sell on Our seller page is at and we deliver worldwide.

–The record section is a good distraction for your partner who hates sitting around while you shop for clothes, and the rest of the store is a good distraction for your partner who hates to wait while you dig for records!

4- We also have incense, jewelry, accessories, and we have the occasional guest DJs spinning while you shop!


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Most of you young readers don’t even remember vinyl!

There were always record collectors who disdained the compact disc, arguing that an LP’s grooves yielded warmth and depth that the CD’s digital code could not match.

But the market largely ignored them. Record labels shuttered their LP pressing plants, except for a few that pressed mostly dance music, since vinyl remained the medium of choice for D. J.s.

As it turned out, that early resistance was not futile, thanks largely to an audience of record collectors, many born after CDs were introduced in the 1980s.

Today WAX is getting more and more popular with music aficionados! Placing the needle to a disc is like turning back time – to a sound that once was.

Luv Unlimited LOVES their vintage vinyl and every week show off their new finds on their Facebook page!


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Every time I wear a piece of clothing from Luv Unlimited I get countless comments – because the pieces I like and choose, are very unique. The owners have a definite eye for style. They are very particular about what they carry – which is why this store is so special. The piece may be 40 years old, but chances are it is in mint condition.



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Sidenote: Sage is a musician as well – for several years he was in Codebreaker ( and currently my project is called The Sounds of Time ( ). Here’s a link to their latest video -



Skin Productions BEACH at HYDRATE July 18th

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Chicago’s #1 underwear party returns to Chicago’s #1 late night dance bar!


Come out to Hydrate on Friday, July 18 for the hottest, most daring party to hit the strip. Skin productions presents BEACH!

You’ve worked hard on your body, you’ve taken it to the beach, now we’re taking the beach to you! Come out wearing your sexiest underwear and prepare to dance the night away to the beats of DJ ROLAND BELMARES!

Party goes till 5am followed by  the official after-hours at STEAMWORKS, where the fun does never end!







It’s not till November – but this WILL SELL OUT MUCH SOONER!


ALCC brings SOUL TRAIN party to Sidetrack for August

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SOUL TRAIN theme!  Love it!

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (ALCC) is proud to announce that its annual summer benefit is set for Wednesday, August 20, from 6 to 9pm at Sidetrack in Chicago.

This year’s theme is Soul Train and will feature cocktails by Sidetrack the Video Bar, specialty catering by Food for Thought, entertainment, a grand raffle, and a spectacular silent auction.

The auction will be done via mobile bidding at the event and online for those who are unable to attend. The auction will open online one week prior to the event and close at 8:30pm on August 20. Raffle and silent auction prizes include round-trip tickets to Europe courtesy of Orbitz; Chicago neighborhood entertainment and food packages; professional sports tickets; a Tesla Motors package; and hotel stays from various brands such as Hilton, Kimpton, Swissotel, Caesars Palace, Maui Sunseeker, Millennium, and more.

Tickets, which benefit ALCC’s free legal service programs, are just $50 and can be purchased at or by calling 312-427-8990.


AIDS Legal Council of Chicago uses the power of the law to secure health, dignity, and stability for people impacted by HIV and other life-changing health conditions.

Honey Bees Cause Disturbance at Chicago O’Hares Airport

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I had no idea!

O’Hare Airport was buzzing Sunday and not just with returning Fourth of July travelers.

A swarm of honeybees clustered around a staircase railing outside United Airlines gate B7. As a precaution, United shut down gates B6, B7 and B8 and called in John Hansen, an experienced beekeeper who oversees the 75 beehives at the O’Hare apiary. ( I did not even know O’Hare had such a thing!) In May 2011, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) installed an apiary of 28 beehives at O’Hare International Airport. With over 1 million bees, the apiary at O’Hare is the largest apiary at any airport in the world and the first major on-airport apiary in the U.S.



Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Some Like It Hot” July 15 and 22




Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) presents their second summer cabaret show, “Some Like It Hot!” The show features music selections from Disney. “Some Like It Hot!” under the direction of Larry Todd Cousineau and Patrick Sinozich, will have two performances: July 15 at the Laugh Factory and July 22 at Mayslake Peabody Estate.

Song selections include some of Disney’s most memorable tunes from Pinocchio, The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King, and Frozen. Tickets are sale for $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP seating, both with a two drink minimum. For tickets and more information, visit


  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014-8:00pm

           Laugh Factory-3175 North Broadway; Chicago, IL 60657

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – 7:30pm

           Mayslake Peabody Estate – 1717 West 31st Street; Oak Brook, IL 60523

About Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus


Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) creates musical experiences that entertain and enlighten, inspire change, and build community.  CGMC has been an integral part of Chicago’s cultural and gay communities since 1983. For the last three decades, CGMC has entertained audiences across the continent with innovative musical programming. Among CGMC’s performances are traditional choral concerts, musical revues, original commissions, and full-length book musicals. As the largest LGBT performing arts organization in the Midwest, “Chicago’s Most Colorful Chorus” recently expanded into new major venues in downtown Chicago and the suburbs.  CGMC looks forward to increasing its presence in Chicago’s thriving performing arts community while embracing its unique brand that uses music, laughter and a gay aesthetic to open hearts and minds.

Chicagos Borris Powell and Kyle Thomas Partner for Fashion



This summer, a momentous partnership will shake LGBT entertainment and fashion.

Nationally respected fashion designer, Borris Powell, on the cusp of launching a brand new men’s line, has chosen rising star film director/producer, Kyle Thomas, as the face of his anticipated “Freedom” line.

The line, which is slated to launch in Fall 2014, features a distinctly gentlemanly style, which is a core value both artists identify within their brands. “One chooses to be a gentleman. It takes style, sophistication, manners, and confidence to pull that off. And my new line harbors exactly that, with clean lines and quality craftsmanship. I want men to wear my clothes and feel the gentleman within them come alive,” Powell says, of his new line. “We’ve been producing several editorials and we can’t wait to release them.”

Kyle Thomas, who is producing and directing the highly anticipated upcoming show, SEX + LOVE, is honored to partner with Powell. “There’s a huge shift in culture with marriage being granted to LGBT individuals, and Borris and I have had long conversations about how there’s a desire within gay culture to focus less on the raw sexuality of past decades and to now be courted by a gentleman. Being a gentleman is inherently classic. We grew up on Disney films. It doesn’t matter whether you’re straight or gay, being a gentleman is sexy,” Thomas states.

“Borris saw the first cuts of SEX + LOVE and instantly related with the characters, themes, and struggles inherent in the story. The series documents how technology has created a broken road to romance for many of us. In a world with so many different viewpoints on love and sex, and with a cornucopia of options at your fingertips via social media, how does one find what one is looking for?” Thomas says of the series. “SEX + LOVE captures that struggle, that comedy, and that heartbreak.”

With both of their careers reaching new levels of success and many exciting things in development for the coming months and year, the two believe their partnership in film and fashion will be able to touch a wider audience. “It’s about the art and the way that we can make people feel. We want to give people that sense of glamour and romance, whether it be for three hours when she’s in my gown or he’s in my suit,” Powell said. “Or for the brief time to watch an episode,” Thomas added. “We all want that romance and fantasy, and those things exist here and now. You just have to believe in them once again.”


For more information on Borris Powell, visit:
For more information on SEX + LOVE, visit:

 Tickets  for FREEDOM  show  at Block 37


DILF at SoFo Saturday July 5th

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Hot Men. Hot weather.

Summer is  here!

The SoFo Tap brings you DILF, the First Saturday of every month, 9 pm to 3 am. And things are really HEATING UP this Saturday,  JULY 5th! 

There’s only place to be this holiday weekend: DILF. Yankee Dilfy Daddy!

Host/DADDYMASTER Jinx Titanic returns from his vacation on Tatooine to host the hottest DILF yet. Jinx and his boys will all be decked out in full patriotic regalia.  Music, as always, by DJ Moose.

And check this out – to further HEAT things up….HEATWAVE is the new private party from the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ SIX FLAGS. At this weeks DILF event the Heatwave folks will be handing out free raffle tickets for some Heatwave giveaways like swimsuits and other things. And they will be offering DILF attendees who book a room, 1 free Brunch Ticket with your booking ($30 value).

In case you have never been (really?) It’s is the party to be at in Chicago for MEN over 35 and the men who want them!

DJ Moose providing the rockin’ tunes and the Patio and bar will be hopping.
at The SoFo Tap, 4923 N. Clark Street 773-784-SOFO

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AIDS Run Walk Chicago September 14 2014

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AIDS Run & Walk Chicago raises funds to support life-saving care, prevention and housing services


WHAT:         Ready… Set… Go!Thousands of Chicago-area runners will hit the lakefront path on Sunday, Sept.14 for this year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, the city’s largest annual fundraising run/walk for HIV/AIDS. The event kicks off at Arvey Field in Grant Park with 5K and 10K courses winding along the lakeshore. Runners and walkers will be treated to post-race performances by local dance companies as well as entertainment along the route.


Funds raised through the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago will benefit programs and services for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and local partner organizations that work with more than 25,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Chicagoland. Since its founding in 2001, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has raised more than $4 million to battle the epidemic.


To register, donate or learn more, visitwww.aidsrunwalk.orgor call (312) 334-0946. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


WHEN: September 14, 2014

8:00 a.m. Event registration and packet pick-up

9:00 a.m. Opening ceremonies

9:30 a.m. 5K Walk begins

9:45 a.m. 10K Run begins

9:50 a.m. 5K Run begins

10:00 a.m. Post-race entertainment


COST:         Event registration is $30-$45 in advance; $50 on-site. Registration includes the official t-shirt and other swag. To register as a fundraising individual or as a team, visit or call (312) 334-0946.


WHERE: Arvey Field in Grant Park, 1501 S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60605

BEST OF Chicago Gay Pride Parade Day

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HYDRATE will open  at 11am SUNDAY   and provide a 17 HOUR DANCE PARTY!

Hydrate Nightclub celebrates PRIDE SUNDAY all day!
Their newly renovated space is the perfect place to catch the parade in all our flat screen TVs while sipping on your favorite cocktails!


Noon-4 p.m.

4 p.m.-8 p.m.

8 p.m.-Midnite
DJ Greg Drescher

Midnite-4 a.m.
DJ Laura B

Plus  Pride Giveaways all day long!  HYDRATE 

3458 N Halsted Street




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There is ALWAYS a party at Scarlet Bar  (3320 N. Halsted) and this weekend, it’s 3 in a row!

7 DJs!

3 Hosts!

RIDIKULOUS FRIDAY   with  Kim Chi and Trannika Rex.

The uber sexy Austin Armacost will be in the house Saturday night – and you know what happens when Austin is dancing and having fun??!!

And  Sunday Pride Day they are delivering 14 hours of music starting at 12:00 noon!





At the other end of the strip are 2 new drinking/dancing spots;  Whiskey Trust and Chloe. Both will open at 10am. (The former SPIN buildings).

There is no cover charge! Special Pride Parade inspired shots will be available for $3 a piece (with flavors like: Mandarin/Cherry/Honey and Berry/Vanilla/Citrus, yum). To start #pride weekend early, check out Chloe’s and Whiskey Trust bartender, Dante LoPresti creating special cocktails, including the “Breath of Fresh-Cher!” here.

Chloe’s DJ and dancing all weekend! Starting at 9pm
Except Sunday, the music and dancing starts at 6pm.

Whiskey Trust (below)  is also open at 10 a.m. this Sunday. 800 W Belmont Ave @ HalstedWhiskey Trust_Interior-1



Before, during or after the parade, our favorite Mexican restaurant EL MARIACHI AND TEQUILA BAR will be celebrating pride all day! 3906 N. Broadway.

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Visuwil to Produce 4th of July Event in Madison, WI

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VISUWIL is known for his Creative Concepts and Innovative Events. His Chicago parties are legendary.  Nitro at Circuit was thee Saturday night in Chicago for a number of years. And his  eventaphobia® theme parties transformed clubs with unusual themes, decor and the hottest  go go gods.

Now he is taking  his magic to FIVE NIGHTCLUB in Madison for one hell of a big gay 4th of July event.


EYE POPPING decor with over 100 American flags…major decor & lighting effects.

The hottest eye-candy ALL AMERICAN muscled dancers! wearing designs by Chicago’s own RJP.

Meet & greet with Lady Liberty & weigh your rights with Lady Justice!

FREE grilled hotdogs! mini apple & cherry pies! special 4th of July drinks & slushies! confetti blasters & American theme giveways!

visuwil® presents INDEPENDENTLY GAY celebration of America…celebration of YOU. Featuring Dj Phil DaBeatz & celebrity bartender Greg “Uncle Sam”


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Taverna 750 Unveils New Summer Drinks by Suzy Wong


Taverna 750

Announces New

Celebrity Mixologist

Taverna 750 is  known for their Italian inspired shared plates and martinis, is taking their cocktails to the next level.

Now Taverna 750 will partner with Arnold Myint with inspiration from his alter ego Suzy Wong, to fuse the spirit of cocktails and nightlife with dining.


Taverna 750 is already known for their house made cellos, a traditional Italian liqueur that is used throughout the majority of their cocktails that are exclusive and unique to the restaurant. (FYI, in case you still have not been there – All martinis are served with a sidecar, an extra portion kept on ice, or an extra refill, which makes them fun for sharing for a girls or boys night out or date night).

Arnold Myint is a Nashville native, who is Executive Chef and Owner of three popular restaurants in Nashville; {blvd}, PM, and Suzy Wong’s House of Yum. His establishments have been recognized locally on numerous occasions as “the best of” and he continues to grow his brand on the national level as reflected in publications such as GQ Magazine,, and as a contestant on the popular Emmy award winning television program Top Chef. Arnold’s mixology approach is mirrored by his colorful life and alter ego, Suzy Wong.

Arnold’s Suzy Wong, is a domestic diva, event hostess, philanthropist, and savvy mixologist who is known as “The Cocktail Queen” and currently produces a web series; “Serve Fabulous” She was Miss Gay Tennessee America 2012 and Miss Gay Mid America 2013. She placed in the top ten, sixth over all contestants, last fall as Miss Gay America St. Louis, MO. Arnold is currently working on a new endeavor and creating his own wine label “SHOW PONY”. He has teamed up with some of the best drag queens throughout the country to market and campaign the new series of wine, which will debut in Chicago at Taverna 750. Drag queens including RAJA, season 3 Winner of RuPauls’s Drag Race, and Chicago’s very own, TRANNIKA REX, who you can see monthly hosting Trannika’s Most Wanted at the popular nightclub, Scarlet. Taverna 750 will use the energy of Arnold’s approach to their drink program to continue to grow the popularity of their nightlife approach to dinner service and their popular weekend Martini Brunch.

Taverna 750 will host a launch party of the new wine SHOW PONY along with Arnold’s newest cocktail creations for the restaurant on July 5th, along with RAJA and Trannika Rex in attendance.


Cucumber Caparinha

Cachaca, Limoncello, Cucumber Juice, Rosemary Syrup, Lemon Juice, Mint Leaves


Raspberry Spritzer

Hennessy, Raspberry Syrup, Orangecello, Chandon Brut


Lavender Martini

Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, Canteloupe, Brovo Lavender Liqueur, Orangecello, Lemon Juice, Lemon/Lime Soda, Chandon Brut


Mezcal Punch

Monte Alban Mezcal, Bacardi White Rum, 3Olives Vanilla Vodka, Grapefruitcello, Grapefruit Juice, Simple Syrup, Lemon/Lime Soda, Grapefruit Zest


Pistachio Sour

Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey, Pistachio Liqueur, Amaretto, Apricot Syrup, Orange Peel


Bay Leaf Martini

Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey, Lemon Bay Leaf Syrup, Limoncello, Lemon Juice, Orange Bitters, Lemon/Lime Soda


Celery Gin Rocks

Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, Celery Syrup, Green Chartreuse, Fresh Squeezed Lemon, Pink Peppercorn Rim


Sloe Gin Gimlet

Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, Lemon Bay Leaf Syrup, Fresh Squeezed Lemon, Sloe Gin, Bay Leaf Sugar Rim


Tequila Spice

Maestro Dobel Tequila, Chili Cherry Lime Syrup, Orangecello, Fresh Squeezed Orange, Fresh Squeezed Lime


Cherry Coke

Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey, Cherry Heering, Celloed Cherry Juice, Raspberry Syrup, Ginger Beer, Coke


750 W. Cornelia
Chicago, IL 60657


Girls Girls Girls! BackLot Bash Chicago 2014



Where the girls come and play!

Back Lot Bash is an outdoor music and entertainment festival started in 2004 and  one of the most highly anticipated and attended pride weekend events for lesbians in the country!

FOUR DAYS of events Showcasing local and emerging musicians as well as established performers of different genres, Back Lot Bash highlights unity, equality and inclusiveness in an environment that is festive and celebratory of everyone in our community.



Grab a weekend pass while they are still available and save!


FREE Hiv Tests at Chicago Walgreens June 27th


As part of its ongoing commitment to fight HIV/AIDS, Walgreens is collaborating with Greater Than AIDS to help offer free HIV testing in support of National HIV Testing Day, June 27.

Free testing provided by health departments and AIDS service organizations will be available to the public with no appointment necessary at 27 Walgreens stores in Chicago. For more information, including a complete list of participating Walgreens locations, visit


What:             Free HIV testing, no appointment necessary

When:             Thursday, June 26, 3-7 p.m.

Friday, June 27, 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:           27 locations in Chicago including:

  • 151 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601 – phone: 312-863-4249
  • 5401 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago, IL 60609 – phone: 773-268-5664
  • 2340 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60612 – phone: 312-226-7913
  • 953 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60613 – phone: 773-935-6414
  • 1554 E. 55th St., Chicago IL 60615 – phone: 773-667-1177
  • 3405 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 – phone: 312-326-4058
  • 2924 E. 92nd St., Chicago, IL 60617 – phone: 773-721-6603
  • 11 E. 75th St., Chicago, IL 60619 – phone: 773-224-1211
  • 8628 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619 – phone: 773-651-8500
  • 3401 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60624 – phone: 773-542-1232
  • 3800 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60624 – phone: 773-826-1817
  • 7410 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60626 – phone: 773-743-6784
  • 6330 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60637 – phone: 773-324-8500
  • 5440 N. Clark St., Chicago IL 60640 – phone: 773-596-5022
  • 833 W. 115th St., Chicago, IL 60643 – phone: 773-568-4034
  • 5222 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60644 – phone: 773-287-0380
  • 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 – phone: 773-342-9161
  • 2015 E. 79th St., Chicago, IL 60649 – phone: 773-734-2492
  • 7109 S. Jeffery Blvd., Chicago, IL 60649 – phone: 773-665-8990
  • 912 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-665-8990
  • 2817 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-327-6119
  • 3046 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-325-0413
  • 3201 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-327-3591
  • 3245 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-248-3160
  • 111 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661 – phone: 312-463-9142
  • 522 Torrence Ave., Calumet City, IL 60409 – phone: 708-868-5669
  • 12854 S. Ashland Ave., Calumet Park, IL 60827 – phone: 708-239-1136

Why:               According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.1 million people nationwide are living with HIV/AIDS.  Yet, one in six do not know they are HIV/AIDS positive.1


Early diagnosis and treatment can improve health, extend life and help to prevent the spread of the disease. In fact, people with HIV who take prescribed medication regularly reduce the risk of transmitting the virus by as much as 96 percent.2


Community pharmacists at Walgreens HIV-specialized pharmacies are specially trained to provide continued support to meet the unique needs of HIV-positive patients. Walgreens HIV-specially trained pharmacists can help patients better manage their health by encouraging patients to take medications as prescribed and providing tips related to coping with barriers to care.

GOLIATH at Six Flags Great America

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The ride will set three world records for wooden roller coasters including drop length, drop steepness, and speed. It will feature the longest drop at 180 feet (55 m), the steepest drop at 85°, and the fastest speed at 72 miles per hour (116 km/h).

We got a test spin today and IT IS SUPER FAST – and that first drop? OMG!

Reaching top speeds of 72 miles per hour—the fastest of any wooden roller coaster—you’ll then thunder around surprising curves and outrageous twists. You’ll face three intense over-banked turns, a 180-degree zero G-roll twist, and two wild inversions, flipping head-over-heels through a winding inverted drop and a spiraling inverted zero G stall.

Goliath is built by an Idaho company called Rocky Mountain Construction Group. That company uses nontraditional methods to make wooden roller coasters, allowing for thrills traditional wooden roller coasters can’t provide, as detailed in a Tribune report last month.

Like all the big fantastic coasters, lines can be long for a quick 90 second ride!



Wait in short lines  at the LGBTQ  private night  OUT IN PARK…..


Chicago House Birdhouse and Art Auction June 26


Co-Chairs, Jerry Sanfilippo, Spyros Petros, Denise Antonucci, Erik Retzer and Jim Josephson,

Invite you to join us, Thursday, June 26th, 2014, from 6pm -9pm, for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on artwork and birdhouses from the city’s most unique designers!

Functional birdhouses, funky art, and auction pieces for any shopper! Each year, Chicago House celebrates Pride with their famous Birdhouse Art Auction, where unique birdhouses and funky artwork are auctioned to benefit those living with HIV or AIDS.

Located at Room & Board’s gorgeous downtown store, guests are invited to toast to the summer season with delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on artwork and birdhouses from the city’s most unique designers. See photos from the 2013 Birdhouse Art Auction!



Chicago to Atlantic City Non Stop with United Airlines

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In a quest to get its historically gay vibe back, Atlantic City’s first openly gay mayor will designate an official gay beach Monday afternoon.

The beach, at Park Place, is the site of the original gay beach, back before casinos when gays crowded New York Avenue bars, created rituals around the Miss America pageant, and lived and summered in and around Snake Alley, a winding series of side streets that connect New York Avenue and Kentucky Avenue in the city’s north section.

In addition to the official designation of the LGBT friendly beach, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian will also announce three LGBT events coming to the resort, which has been marketing to gays and lesbian tourists in recent years.

Jeff Guaracino, a marketing specialist with the Atlantic City Alliance, a casino-funded marketing agency, said the hope is that people in the LGBT community will “not only visit Atlantic City but also open businesses here and also buy primary and secondary homes in Atlantic City.”

Chicagoans can now enjoy improved access to Atlantic City’s iconic Boardwalk, coastal beach and world-class entertainment attractions. Thanks to new nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Atlantic City International Airport launched recently, Chicagoans will be ready to hit the shore, the shops and the spas just over two hours after takeoff.
ExpressJet will operate the flights as United Express using 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets. Daily nonstops will depart Chicago at 8:10 a.m. Central, arriving at 11:17 a.m. Eastern. Return flights will depart Atlantic City daily at 11:52 a.m. Eastern and arrive in Chicago at 1:10 p.m. Central.
The new, year-round nonstop service on United complements existing seasonal nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare to Atlantic City International offered by Spirit Airlines. Spirit’s nonstop service begins May 1. The enhanced air service bolsters Midwest and West Coast access to New Jersey and Atlantic City beaches.
Atlantic City’s diverse range of attractions makes it an ideal year-round entertainment destination. From some of the most dynamic nightclubs in the nation to one-of-a-kind festivals, A-list performers and luxury casinos, the seaside resort enables visitors to live its motto: Do Anything. Do Everything. DO AC.
“We’re thrilled that United Airlines is making it easier than ever for Chicago-area residents to experience all that Atlantic City has to offer,” said Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) President Liza Cartmell. “Every year, we host more than 27 million people looking for an exciting getaway tailored to their interests, and we look forward to introducing Atlantic City to an increasing number of Chicagoans through this convenient new air service. Similarly, we are pleased that Atlantic City International Airport will serve as a gateway for residents of southern New Jersey to easily reach Chicago and its wonderful attractions.”
Business travelers and Chicagoans seeking to visit friends and family in south and central New Jersey will benefit from United’s new service to Atlantic City International by avoiding more congested airports in Philadelphia and Newark. The new air service will also reduce ground transportation time, enabling travelers to reach their destinations more efficiently.
Among the many reasons to visit Atlantic City in upcoming months are the DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup (June 19-July 6), Lady Gaga performing live at historic Boardwalk Hall (June 28), one of the nation’s best Fourth of July fireworks shows, the DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational (Sept. 5-7) and the DO AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade (Sept. 27-28). Atlantic City is also home to the Miss America pageant and dozens of other special events throughout the year.
Having served as the inspiration for everything from the wildly popular board game Monopoly to the acclaimed HBO television series “Boardwalk Empire,” Atlantic City has been a fixture of American culture for decades. Today the destination is consistently recognized by top travel media as among the nation’s best places to dine, shop, sunbathe, gamble and celebrate.

Spin Re-Opens as Whiskey Trust this Week

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Just in time for PrideFest,

the old Spin re opens as

Whiskey Trust

3206 N. Halsted

(Opens June 19th)

This summer, Lake View/Boystown  welcomes Whiskey Trust to the neighborhood, a tavern featuring their own rye and millet whiskey and small batch vodka, as well as small bites.

Whiskey Trust’s opening demonstrates that Chicago’s distilling culture continues to expand and gain popularity. The menu will offer a handful of creative dishes, many of which will incorporate the product.

Chef consultants, Max Robbins and Jake Verstegan (hailing from Purple Pig and Kai Zan, respectively), were brought on for the project.

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“The food is here to honor the spirits first, not the other way around,” says Robbins. House favorites include a Virginia oyster served with a shot of Trust Whiskey and mignonette as well as a Pickled Beet Torchon that utilizes the vodka to provide a sharp, peppery taste.

Guests can expect a muted décor with distressed and reclaimed wood and leather in the main bar and elevated lounge. Art by Chicago graffiti artist, Mr. Brainwash, will dress the walls.

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Right next door will eventually be


3208 N. Halsted

Chloe’s, a new 5,000 sq. ft. nightclub, will open in the former Spin space located in Boystown. The new high-energy dance club, set to open on June 19, will offer a lower level dance floor and intimate cocktail lounge on the second. Chloe’s main attraction, a LED dropped 3D tube system with 180 lit tubes, is the only lighting system of it’s kind in the United States. The music, a staple to any nightclub, is managed by Chicago’s own CrossFader Kings. Chloe’s will offer dancers a funky mix of future-house beats mixed with new-disco as well as modern remixes of 80’s and 90’s hits.

Fresh Cooking Ideas with Chef Tong June 22 @ Chicago Bontanic Gardens

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Foodies and their friends will be flocking to the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for this day of great tastes and gorgeous presentations.

Chef Christopher Tong of My Private Chef, one of Chicagoland’s most versatile Chefs, will share one of his favorite garden fresh recipes at Chicago Botanic Garden’s
popular annual Garden Chef Series.


Chef Tong will appear on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

The Garden Chef Series promotes the Garden’s message of growing and using seasonal vegetables,
fruits and herbs. Chef Chris will use the spectacular open-air kitchen and amphitheater at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden to present his cooking demonstration.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation,
and come away with a fabulous recipe that they can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste! Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is free.
Parking is $25.00 per car; free for Garden members.
For more information about this Garden Chef Series event, call 847.835.5440
or visit

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners
to weddings to corporate parties.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love doing cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”
Some recent appearances include cooking classes and demonstrations on local television, at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Stores, Whole Foods Market, Gilda’s Club Chicago, Taste of Chicago and this return engagement at the Chicago Botanic Garden

For more information about My Private Chef, call Event Services at 773-370-8131 or visit

Madison WI Fruit Fest June 14th


Madison’s Gay Summer Music Festival FRUIT FEST returns June 14th!

Fruit Fest is an Annual LGBTQI Summer Music Festival held in Madison, Wisconsin.

 The music festival is an all-ages free event organized to celebrate Madison’s gay community through a day of music, performance, art, and celebration. 

This year’s Fruit Fest will be held on June 14th and feature headliner Debbie Gibson, as well as many local folk musicians, punk bands, DJs & drag queens. The event will also include the 4th Annual Fruit Loop 5k run/walk, and the 4th Annual Star Fruit karaoke competition. Food, beer and alcohol will also be served on festival grounds from a variety of vendors.

Fruit Fest is located in the heart of Willy Street in the Marquette Neighborhood, an Eastside neighborhood swarming with LGBTQA folks making it the most diverse, and ‘coolest’ hood according to Madison’s Isthmus Favorites. Last year, attendance was near 1200+ over the course of the nine hour festival including locals & many from 90+ miles away.


Fruit Loop 5k

On June 14th Fruit Fest will be hosting the Fourth Annual Fruit Loop, a 5K run/walk through the beautiful Marquette Neighborhood, starting and ending at the Fruit Fest event grounds. The proceeds from the run/walk are distributed to Community Shares of Wisconsin who gives them to LGBT organizations.

In 2011, the First Annual Fruit Loop had over 120 runners and walkers. Check out all the great pictures from the event. We expect the turnout to be even greater this year! Dress as fruity as you want and come out to run or walk and have some fresh-squeezed summer fun for a good cause. If you are interested in participating in the upcoming Fruit Loop on June 14th, you can register here.

Keep up to date with their official FACEBOOK  PAGE

PrEP and Howard Brown Health Center


Chicago House BirdHouse Art Auction June 26

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014, from 6pm -9pm – it’s the Annual Chicago House Birdhouse Art Auction!

Enjoy Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on artwork and birdhouses from the city’s most unique designers! Functional birdhouses, funky art, and auction pieces for any shopper!

Each year, Chicago House celebrates Pride week with their famous Birdhouse Art Auction, where unique birdhouses and funky artwork are auctioned to benefit those living with HIV or AIDS.

Located at Room & Board’s gorgeous downtown store, guests are invited to toast to the summer season with delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on artwork and birdhouses from the city’s most unique designers.

See photos from the 2013 Birdhouse Art Auction!


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Dance for Life: Inspiring Chicago, One Dance at a Time August 16th


Dance for Life: Inspiring Chicago, One Dance at a Time

Chicago’s Leading Dance Troupes Unite to Raise Funds for

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Services on Aug. 16

WHAT: Experience a night of awe-inspiring performances as six of Chicago’s top dance companies come together for one evening at Dance for Life, the largest performance-based AIDS fundraising event in the Midwest. With poignant choreography and moving music, this highly anticipated event is held annually to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS care, education and prevention while promoting the art of dance in Chicago.

Since 1992 Dance for Life has raised millions of dollars to support the cause.

This year, Dance for Life Chicago features two electrifying, world-premiere performances by renowned choreographers Randy Duncan, Harrison McEldowney and Jeremy Plummer.

Funds raised through this year’s Dance for Life Chicago benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, The Dancers’ Fund, Agape Missions, NFP and MADE: Making A Daily Effort.

WHO: Participating Companies Include:

• Giordano Dance Chicago
• Joffrey Ballet
• River North Dance Chicago
• Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
• Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
• Visceral Dance Chicago


WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
5:00 p.m. – Gala Reception – Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom (720 S. Michigan Ave.)
8:00 p.m. – Dance for Life Performance – Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress Pkwy.)
*Complimentary shuttle bus service provided between the two venues.

COST: $25-$75 (performance only)
$250- $600 (includes admission to 5:00 p.m. gala reception and premiere seating at the performance)
To purchase tickets, please call 312-922-5812 or visit

WHERE: Performance – Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago
Gala Reception – Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago

Connect with Dance for Life on Facebook!

About Dance for Life
Dance for Life raises awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS care, prevention and education, while promoting the art of dance in Chicago. Realizing that AIDS had heavily affected the dance community, Dance for Life was founded in 1992 as an inventive way for dancers and dance companies, whose incomes do not normally allow for large donations, to be able to contribute time, effort and badly needed funds for existing AIDS agencies. Check us out online on the Dance for Life website or on Facebook.

About The Dancers’ Fund
The Dancers’ Fund, a funding program of Dance for Life, was created in 1994 as a one of a kind fund with the mission to provide emergency financial assistance to dancers living with HIV/AIDS and has since expanded to include any life-threatening illness. The Dancers’ Fund provides immediate financial assistance for those facing life-threatening illness, injury or circumstance. Designed to help qualified individuals meet their immediate financial obligations while dealing with life-threatening conditions, The Dancers’ Fund is available to Chicago-based, professionally trained working dancers and those whose primary source of income is derived by serving the dance community.

Cabaret Project Divine Decadence Series at Circuit


CABARET PROJECT launches a new series which will happen at Circuit Nightclub!

 Friday June 20th.  Amy and Freddy and The Cabaret Project present two cabaret shows comprising the official launch party of pride!

Fred Says Fundraiser at Progress Bar for Photo Project June 14

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‘When Dogs Heal,’

a pet friendly HIV-campaign

Fred Says is hosting a fundraiser at Progress Bar for their new photographic project that raises awareness about HIV/AIDS and pet owners.
WHAT: “When Dogs Heal”, is a new project organized by Fred Says, highlights the incredible role dogs play in helping their owners heal from emotional and physical ailments. This Chicago fundraiser will feature award winning pet photographer, Jesse Freidin, who will take photo-booth style pictures of people and their pets while attendees sip cocktails and eat small brunch items at Progress Bar, 3359 N. Halsted Street. The event is open to the public and serves as a fundraiser for the Fred Says and their new project.
WHY: Fred Says is compiling the pictures taken for a book that will photographically depict the profound healing effect dogs have on humans. After receiving a cancer diagnosis and shortly thereafter an HIV+ diagnosis, Dr. Rob Garofalo, Division Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, adopted Fred, a Yorkie puppy and face of the charity, and quickly began to see a drastic change in his physical and mental well-being. Dr. Garofalo credits Fred with “saving his life.” While Saturday’s event is about pets and their owners, all photos will not have to used in the book
Studies have repeatedly shown that people with pets are healthier, happier and less depressed than those without pets. The social support a pet provides its owner decreases stress and encourages more social interactions which can help decrease depression and isolation. Dr. Natalie Marks is one of the owners of Blum Animal Hospital and voted “Veterinarian of the Year” in 2012 says, “Pets have an incredible ability to heal on not only a physical but also a mental/emotional level.

It is well documented that petting a dog or cat can significantly lower blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol (stress hormone) levels…The strength of the human-animal bond is almost beyond description and companion animals should be part of the healing process for many chronic illnesses.”
On June 15th, Jesse Freidin will be doing closed-studio portraits of people who are HIV+ and have dogs. Those interested in participating in this portion should email Zach Stafford,
HOW: A suggested donation of $15 is encouraged to attend, and $25 to attend and have a portrait taken by Jesse Freidin.

WHO: 21+ with proper I.D, dogs encouraged.

WHEN: Saturday, June 14th from 12pm-3pm. Doors open at 12pm.



Plaintiffs in Illinois Marriage Equality Case Wed After 51 Years Together!

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Patrick Bova and Jim Darby, the plaintiffs in the Illinois marriage equality case, wed today after the law took effect across the state yesterday.

Bova and Darby have been together for 51 years!

Congrations Guys!

Jennifer Hudson Loves Her Gay Fans

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In an interview this week with, superstar diva Jennifer Hudson talks about her fans, hometown roots, American Idol, drag queens in her likeness, a new album and her summer performance at Chicago’s Pride Fest on June 21, 2014.


Jennifer Hudson:

‘It was the gay community that loved me first’


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Howard Brown health Center – Discussions on Transgender and Youth Issues