Category Archives: Center on Halsted

PULSE One Year Later June 12



Chicago Santa Speedo Run Dec 3rd


Saturday, December 3, 2016      12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

LOCATION         Sidetrack – 3349 N Halsted St



Better yet, take it off – when you run with us this December. The Santa Speedo Run – Boystown is more than an excuse to hang out your holiday decorations – it’s also a huge party that raises money for non-profits serving Chicago’s LGBTQ community. REGISTER TO RUN as an individual or as a team or MAKE A DONATION and become a part of the fun!


On Saturday, December 3, 2016
12:00pm Sign-in and Registration @ Sidetrack
1:50pm We sing our very own Christmas Carol, “Jingle Balls!”
2:00pm 1-mile run through Boystown
2:30pm Awards, Entertainment and Door Prizes


  • Raise $25, receive Santa’s Sack:
    • The first 200 runners to register with a minimum donation of $25 will receive a Santa’s Sack that includes our logo t-shirt, our collectible Christmas ornament / bottle opener, plus coupons and discounts to our favorite local restaurants and businesses. You are not required to run.
  • Raise $100, receive an entry in the Grand Prize Drawing – you will get an additional entry for each additional $100 you raise. We have over 20 gifts in this drawing that are each valued at $100 or more.
  • Raise $300, receive the 2016 “Frosty The Snowman” Santa Speedo or Official Santa Hoodie
  • Raise $1,000 or more and become eligible for a party at Sidetrack for you and 20 of your friends. A drawing with only those that reach the $1,000 goal will be held during the Santa Speedo Run and the winner will be announced live!



Online registration is now open!

REGISTER a new Santa!
GIVE TO a Santa that is already registered!


TRANS film Festival Nov. 17-18


Hoover-Leppen Theatre, Center on Halsted



The 2nd Annual Transfluential Film Festival places the journeys and stories of trans communities into the spotlight.  Films were solicited from around the world, and the finalists will be screened over two evenings at Center on Halsted.

Join us as we watch and discuss the films, their characters, and the themes they illuminate.

*Full schedule of films and programs will be released in early November.



$5 suggested donation

*Inability to pay should not act as a deterrent to attending


Rooftop Pride June 24th

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Center on Halsted presents TKO!

Start your Pride Parade weekend with community for Center on Halsted’s annual pride bash overlooking Halsted Street on the Richard M. Daley Roof Terrace. Jump in and groove to the killer sound of our dueling djs:

DJ Billy Brown vs. DJ Gemini Jones


$20 entry includes admission with two drinks, nibbles, and cash bar


$20 entry includes admission with two drinks, nibbles, and cash bar


Purchase tickets here: 


Pandora Boxx at Center on Halsted

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TKOSeptember 6th, 2015 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Center on Halsted brings you the hottest Labor Day bash!

TKO: greatest t-dance ever.

battle for your pleasure and a Technical Knock Out

jump in! groove to the killer sound of our dueling djs.

Billy Brown vs. Gina Kozar……mc Pandora Boxx officiates


sept. 6 2015 T-time: 3 – 6 pm……..coh rooftop & indoors

$20 entry/one drink, cash bar      feat. our one-two rum punch 

Say you’re attending on Facebook!

Pride Films & Plays: LezPlay Weekend – September 11th – 13th, 2015

LezPlay Weekend features five outstanding new works* – the finalists of this year’s Pride Films and Plays’ LezPlay contest!
LezPlay enhances the visibility and advances the viability of women who write plays, screenplays, and teleplays. The program not only advocates for more dyke drama; it honors excellence in scripts written by women in which lesbian characters and themes – past, present, and future – play a pivotal role.
The finalists’ scripts showcase Sapphic-centric narratives with a positive outlook. These are stories that elevate and celebrate us, refine and redefine us. Regardless of how you identify (or ident-defy) and even if your identity is not queer-cut, you’ll have a gay old time at LezPlay Weekend, where we’ll introduce you to women whose writing reflects, resonates with, and is relevant to your lives.
*The scripts will be presented as enhanced staged readings.
The performance schedule is as follows:
Friday, Sept 11, 7:00 pm
Black-Hearted Bitch, a teleplay by Lynn Kear
Saturday, Sept 12, 2:00 pm
The Patron Saint of Dead Dogs, a stage play by Katie Grotzinger
Saturday, Sept 12, 7:00 pm

Resolution, a play by Nancy Nyman & Heather McNama
Saturday, Sept 12, 2:00 pm
Missed Connections, a play by Hallie Palladino
Sunday, Sept 13, 5:00 pm
The Terror Fantastic, a play by Nicole Jost
For play synopses, visit the Pride Films and Plays website.


Queer Clothing Swap – September 13th, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Please join Center on Halsted and GenderQueer Chicago at the 3rd Annual Queer Clothing Swap! Trade in your skirts for a pair of slacks or your loafers for a pair of heels or maybe you’re just looking to update your wardrobe!
This event is free, but we ask that each participant bring at least 3 items of gently worn clothing (or shoes and accessories) to be donated to the swap. In exchange, you’ll have the chance to take home the new items you find! BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag). Please refrain from donating stained clothing, t-shirts and undergarments. While the swap is particularly intended for Trans* and gender-variant folks to have a safe and fun space to exchange clothes, the event is open to all queer-affirming allies!
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Chicago Center on Halsted Events

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Something for everyone  at  CENTER  ON HALSTED  in  the upcoming weeks!

Limelight Series presents: An Evening with Pride Films and PlaysAugust 17th, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join us as Center on Halsted’s Limelight Series presents: An Evening with Pride Films and Plays

Chicago’s Pride Films and Plays ‘utilizes stories with GLBT characters or themes and creates powerful theatrics and films that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences.’  Pride Films and Plays, founded in 2010, has already established itself as a leader in the Chicago arts scene.  Come get to know the company that the Huffington Post recently called “a powerful and empowering entity.”


Mix and mingle with PFP & COH staff and the program’s artists


Performances including a sneak peak of Design for Living, a talk from author Rick Kinnebrew about his new play Ten Dollar House, music from James Nedrud, performance artist Katherine Hawbaker-Krohn, one of our favorite short films from the Queer Bits Short Film Fest, songs from The Boy From Oz, PFP’s current smash hit!

You don’t want to miss this evening of arts and entertainment as we get to know one of Chicago’s great theater companies!

For more information on Pride Films and Plays, please visit:

Center on Halsted’s Limelight Series gives you a chance to spend an evening with some of Chicago’s most creative people and organizations.  Each event highlights the Windy City’s vibrant arts scene – from music and dance to literature and theater.  Join us as we take a closer look at the creators and leaders of Chicago’s cultural landscape.


Register & reserve your seat by clicking the following link:

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Salve Regina: A Coming of Gay StoryAugust 22nd & 23rd, 2015

A solo show, written and performed by Javier Rivera*, remounted specifically for Center on Halsted, following a sold-out run at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC

*Winner of 2014 Best Actor Award at United Solo


Born in Puerto Rico to an ultra-religious mother and a domineering father is not easy, especially when it’s likely you are a big Queen. There are not enough novenas to pray, or candles to be lit. In this situation only a miracle will do, or better yet… a holy intervention. Thank God for Madonna.


Follow the coming of age story of Javier, a young Puerto Rican man, as he triumphs and stumbles in his journey to self-discovery aided by the only person who ever understood him…




Saturday, August 22nd @ 7:30PM

Sunday, August 23rd @ 3:00PM 

$10.00 (Tickets may be purchased online as well as at the door prior to performance – cash only!)

*All profits will go to Center on Halsted, helping to support future events like this one!


Click the following link to purchase tickets for Saturday’s performance:

Click the following link to purchase tickets for Sunday’s performance:

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3rd Annual Feel Good Health FairAugust 29th, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


On Saturday August 29th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Center on Halsted will host its 3rd Annual Feel Good Health Fair, a community health and resource fair with a focus on healthy living for LGBTQ individuals.


The Feel Good Fair will be hosted in the Irving Harris Family Foundation Reception Hall and Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted. This year the fair will feature free fitness classes throughout the day, product giveaways from health-related vendors, and nutritious cooking demonstrations.


The primary goal of Center on Halsted’s Feel Good Health Fair is to educate participants about making healthy choices and creating good habits for healthy living in the LGBTQ community. Vendors for the resource fair will focus on physical health, mental and social well-being. Participants are also encouraged to stop by tables to learn more about Center on Halsted’s programs and services.


The fitness class schedule for the day is:

10:00AM-10:25AM: Ballroom Dancing with Get on the Floor Dance Company

10:30AM-10:55AM: Yoga with The ATTIC*

11:00AM-11:25AM: Queer Tango with Paola Bordon

11:30AM-11:55AM: Zumba with Andrew Martinez

12:00PM-12:25PM: Ballroom Dancing with Get on the Floor Dance Company

12:30PM-12:55PM: Yoga with The ATTIC*

1:00PM-1:25PM: Queer Tango with Paola Bordon

1:30PM-1:55PM: Zumba with Andrew Martinez


*A limited number of yoga mats will be provided – if possible, please supply your own

It is highly suggested that you pre-register for the exercise classes by visiting the link below:


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TKOSeptember 6th, 2015 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Center on Halsted brings you the hottest Labor Day bash!

TKO: greatest t-dance ever.

battle for your pleasure and a Technical Knock Out

jump in! groove to the killer sound of our dueling djs.

Billy Brown vs. Gina Kozar

mc Pandora Boxx officiates


sept. 6 2015 T-time: 3 – 6 pm

coh rooftop & indoors


$20 entry/one drink, cash bar

feat. our one-two rum punch 


Say you’re attending on Facebook!



Pride Films & Plays: LezFestSeptember 11th – 13th, 2015


More details to come!  Check back soon!


Queer Clothing SwapSeptember 13th, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please join Center on Halsted and GenderQueer Chicago at the 3rd Annual Queer Clothing Swap! Trade in your skirts for a pair of slacks or your loafers for a pair of heels or maybe you’re just looking to update your wardrobe!

This event is free, but we ask that each participant bring at least 3 items of gently worn clothing (or shoes and accessories) to be donated to the swap. In exchange, you’ll have the chance to take home the new items you find! BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag). Please refrain from donating stained clothing, t-shirts and undergarments. While the swap is particularly intended for Trans* and gender-variant folks to have a safe and fun space to exchange clothes, the event is open to all queer-affirming allies!

Say you’re attending on Facebook!


Gay Mens Dating Night July 15

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Mens  speed  dating  July  15th

Womens speed dating July 30th!

Center on Halsted!


Black Ensemble Theater Limelight Series

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From the Center on Halsted:

“As we expand our cultural programming here at Center on Halsted, we are excited to continue our Limelight Series with the next arts icon: The Black Ensemble Theater.


We hope you’ll consider joining us at this FREE event , APRIL 28th, as we celebrate this theater’s amazing contribution to the vibrant arts scene that Chicago has to offer.  Just click the image to learn more and to register!


Feel free to share with friends – and please keep an eye out for future Limelight and cultural events here at the Center.


Queer Ballroom and Tango at Center on Halsted

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Queer Ballroom and Tango Return
                                                   Inclusive Dance at All Levels
Monday nights this January at Center on Halsted have been buzzing with rhythm and beat. Individuals and couples of all identities have ventured to Center on Halsted to let loose and dance in a welcoming, diverse, and fun space.

(3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613)

“This month we’ve brought accessible Ballroom and Latin dancing to the LGBTQ community here in Chicago and will continue to do so throughout the year,” said Steve Nasshan, instructor and owner of Get on the Floor Dance Company, whom Center on Halsted collaborates with to bring these classes to the building.

“I have seen too many same-sex couples or LGBTQ individuals shy away from traditional dance instruction. Many feel as if others in the class wouldn’t accept them or that instructors would be uncomfortable teaching same gender pairs, for example, how to lead and follow,” said Steve. “Center on Halsted has created a really special space where everyone from beginners to experts can convene and dance with whomever they choose.”

Michael, a student this session, has seen tremendous growth in just a few weeks. “Before coming to the classes, I often felt clumsy and uncomfortable in my movements. Weekly dance at Center on Halsted has boosted both my self-confidence and esteem. I feel in control and elegant in a way I didn’t previously.”

“It’s an exciting time to offer these classes,” remarks Steve. “We’re seeing a lot of couples preparing for first dances at weddings and others who just want to gain confidence on the dance floor. It’s a true mark of how the LGBTQ community is growing.”

Interested in participating? Drop by on Monday evenings to see what all the heat is about, or sign up for the next 6 week session, beginning on February 16th, with a focus on Beginner Level Waltz and East Coast Swing.

All ability levels are welcome.

Reach out to Steve at 773-540-5901 or contact Lynnea Karlic, Director of Community & Cultural Programs at for more information.


Center on Halsted & About Face Theatre

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Center on Halsted & About Face Theatre
                                         STANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY
Many in the LGBTQ community are or have at one point experienced loneliness or isolation because of how they identify. As a community-based organization, Center on Halsted tackles this need through providing programs, services, and space for individuals to commune and live powerfully in supportive inclusive environments.

In a new collaboration with About Face Theatre, Center on Halsted is hosting an OUT FRONT Series performance entitled STANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY, a narrative, theatrical work in progress about youth, seniors and the gaps in between that explores the intergenerational sense of isolation in the LGBTQ community. The piece, led by About Face Theatre Artistic Associate, Kelli Simpkins, uses a collection of 50 interviews conducted over a five month period with intergenerational members of the Chicago LGBTQIA community and those advocating for youth and seniors.

Bruce is one of the dozens interviewed for the project and weighed in on the problem of loneliness in the LGBTQ community.

“As a psychotherapist and social service professional,” he said, “I hear the lament of loneliness almost as much from today’s LGBTQ young people as I did from my own generation. In spite of all the progress we’ve made toward securing our rights, the truth is that many LGBTQ youth continue to experience rejection, ostracism, harassment and violence that is fueled by homophobia.”

Kyla, another interviewee, believes this piece is poised to be inspirational and an agent for change.

“I want this [project] to turn apathetic people outside of the community into spokespeople for what the new idea of normal really is,” she said. “To be normal is to be true to yourself. [This project has the potential to] strengthen the existing community and provide common ground for youth and elders despite differences.”

Eric, who was also interviewed, agrees and sees conversation as integral to bridging community. In his experience, “life continues on, love always has a way to find you, and community will always back you up in times of strain.”

Center on Halsted and About Face Theatre invite you to join us in community, learn from our collective experiences, and combat loneliness in OUT FRONT: STANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY.\

$10  suggested   donation

January 24th @ 7:00 p.m.
January 25th @3:00 p.m.
Center on Halsted
Reserve your seats today 

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Coco Peru in Chicago Sept. 26th

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I have followed this gal’s career for about 15 years now I think.  LOVE HER.

Miss Coco Peru

is the drag persona of American actor, comedian and drag performer Clinton Leupp, known for her role in the 1999 independent film Trick and for her series of live theater performances.

Storyteller/monologist Coco is most recognizable by her “trademark copper-toned flip hairdo,” Peru also starred in Richard Day’s Girls Will Be Girls (2003) and was one of six performers featured in the Logo original stand-up comedy series Wisecrack (2005).

She has also appeared in a number of other supporting and guest-starring roles in film and television.

For 20 years Peru has starred in various “one-woman shows” across the US and other countries, and hosted LGBT events. Since 2005 Peru has appeared in the “Conversations With Coco” series in which she “interviews and celebrates the lives and careers of the LGBT community’s favorite icons.” Peru’s guests have included Bea Arthur, Lesley Ann Warren, Karen Black, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.

She has traveled and appeared all over the world.  Now the Chicago Cabaret Project is bringing her to Chicago as part of their Divine Decadence Series  With AMY ARMSTRONG!  ONE NIGHT ONLY. One show only. September 26th in Circuit Nightclub. SURE TO SELL OUT!  With a hilarious and poignant blend of monologue, song and multi-media,  Coco will show audiences once again why Lily Tomlin calls Coco Peru “one the last great story tellers.  GET TICKETS


Need a laugh today?  Coco Peru always makes me laugh!

Coco Peru braves the perils of Los Santos…  WATCH  NOW



Twitter @themisscocoperu…
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Howard Brown health Center – Discussions on Transgender and Youth Issues



GLBT Travel Expo May4th @ Center on Halsted



Center on Halsted and MINI of Chicago present Biggest MINI Wedding Ever


Center on Halsted has teamed up with MINI of Chicago to present the Biggest MINI Wedding Ever. This celebration to kick off pride month and celebrate the passage of marriage equality in Illinois will provide two couples with an all expenses paid wedding on the evening of May 31st into June 1st .

The passage of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Act this past fall allows all of the benefits of marriage to be extended to same-sex couples. “Marriage Equality is a huge step forward for the LGBTQ community,” says Modesto Tico Valle, CEO at Center on Halsted.

“This event offers us a chance to kick off Pride Month, celebrate marriage equality, and show the community what these new benefits look like.”

Enter in person by visiting Center on Halsted – 3656 N Halsted –  MINI of Chicago – 1111 W Diversey – or online at All couples have to do is tell their story and why they deserve to win an all expenses paid wedding.

Sponsors include Sound Production Lighting LLC, e. melone, Robin Subar Lifestyle Photography, Thompson Chicago, Center on Halsted, Circuit Mom, Real Urban Barbecue, WCPT, Windy City Times, MillerCoors, MINI of Chicago, Roeser’s Bakery, OUT Chicago, Service is Us, Jan Dee Custom Jewelry, Miller Fortune.

Please visit for rules and regulations.


BRIDEGROOM Screening at Center on Halsted January 12

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The MUST SEE movie of the year!  Whether your gay, single, partnered or heterosexual – this movie will explain the need for marriage equality!

BRIDEGROOM is a documentary directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship — a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.


Transgender Day of Remembrance November 20th

On Wednesday, November 20th
2013, members of the LGBTQ community and its allies are invited to
participate in Transgender Day of Remembrance at Center on Halsted, 3656
N. Halsted. St., Chicago, Illinois 60613. The event will take place
from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

and will include a reception and welcome address with light food and
refreshments, a reading of names, videos and performances by several
prominent members of the trans* community. This event is free, and open
to the public.


week before the event, Center on Halsted will tie purple ribbons in the
trees outside its building to commemorate the lives of trans* community
members who have lost their lives as a result of anti-transgender
hatred or prejudice. The ribbons will serve as a public memorial to
those who lost their lives, as well as to the resilience of the
community. During the ceremony, participants will be able to add ribbons
to the trees with the names of someone they personally memorialize.


2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance is hosted in partnership with
Howard Brown Health Center, Broadway Youth Center, Chicago Women’s AIDS
Project, Chicago House Trans Life Center and Center on Halsted.


About Transgender Day of Remembrance:
Day of Remembrance serves to raise public awareness of hate crimes
against transgender people, to publicly mourn and honor the lives of
those who might otherwise be forgotten and to express love and respect
for trans* people in the face of national indifference and hatred. For
more information, visit


Ballroom Dancing Series at Center on Halsted Step to the Music with Instructor Steven Nasshan SUNDAYS

  Step to the music with ballroom dance lessons led by dance instructor Steven Nasshan of Get On the Floor Dance Company on Sunday evenings from Oct. 6 through Nov. 3 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Center on Halsted, located at 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Ill. Single registrants welcome. A partner is not need to join.


The full ballroom dancing lesson series cost is $60. Drop in rate is $15 per session. For more information, visit or call 773-540-5901.

About Steven Nasshan
Nasshan is passionate about dance and music. At age 11, Nasshan started
in musicals, and the joy of dance and music continued through high
school and college. Nasshan has worked at Arthur Murray School of Dance
and Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Chicago. He has numerous awards for
dance and instruction including becoming the Fred Astaire National
Smooth Champion in 2009, with his professional partner. For more
information on Get On the Floor Dance Company, visit


Coco Peru Comes to Center on Halsted September 20-21

comedy/cabaret performance artist, storyteller and monologist, Miss
Coco Peru, aka Clinton Leupp, got his/her start as a downtown favorite
in the cabaret world of New York after he wrote, produced, directed, and
starred in his first show “Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret” 20
years ago. 

Based in the West Coast, Miss Coco has made many appearances
on TV and in theater and movies. On screen, Miss Coco is best known for
her roles in Jim Fall’s Fineline feature film, trick (Sundance 1999) and
Richard Day’s IFC feature length comedy Girls Will Be Girls.


September 20 and September 21  |  6 PM
Center on Halsted, Hoover Leppen Theatre

Includes Seated Dinner and Open Bar

VIP: $250  |  General Admission: $150


Womens Work Weekend September 13-15, 2013

 Women’s Work Weekend runs September 13 to 15, 2013, at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. Find the schedule and information on the readings HERE.   


Tickets  ($5-$10)for the readings can be purchased ONLINE NOW.ere

Pride Films and Play’s Women’s Work endeavors to enhance the visibility of excellent
sreenplays and stage plays written by women with lesbian characters or

program is open to all women, regardless of sexual orientation, whose
writing is pertinent to the lesbian community and relevant to the world.

While gay scripts have had a steady production history – from Oscar Wilde to Tennessee Williams, Tony Kushner, and today’s brashest writers – lesbian scripts have a checkered history at best.

Your support of our Women’s Work Weekend  provides performance fees for artists, marketing for the festival, and enables writers from around the country to work with our Artistic Ensemble Members on these scripts, which are so full of potential.

Women’s Work Weekend runs September 13 to 15, 2013, at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. Find the schedule and information on the readingsHERE.  


Jocks in Drag benefit August 24th at Center on Halsted


Fall Queer Clothing Swap at Center on Halsted August 18th

 Fall Queer Clothing Swap

Clothing Exchange

Looking to trade your skirt and heels for some slacks and loafers?


organizer Rebecca Kling and Genderqueer Chicago, No Boys Allowed, Soy
Quien Soy and more for a Queer Clothing Swap at Center on Halsted,
located at 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Ill. on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 3 – 6 p.m. The event is free.


the swap is particularly intended for trans- and gender-variant
individuals to have a safe and fun space to exchange clothes, the event
is open to all queer-affirming allies. Each participant is to bring at
least three items of clean, gently worn clothing, shoes and accessories
to be donated to the swap. In exchange, participants will have the
chance to take home three items new-to-them. Donations of undergarments,
swimwear or stained clothing are not permitted. Each participant should
bring their own bag as they will not be supplied.


Options for LGBT Divorce : Center on Halsted August 13th

 “Alternate Endings: Collaborative Options for Building Strong LGBTQ Families” will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Center on Halsted, located at 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Ill. 60613.

by Center on Halsted and the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, a
panel of experienced attorneys and collaborative law fellows – family
law professionals Eva Matela Kogut and Alan H. Boudreau, and estate
planning attorney, Lindsey Paige Markus – will discuss what civil
unions, marriage and divorce mean to LGBTQ families.


discussion will evaluate the Collaborative Divorce Model as a means of
providing options for a peaceful divorce without litigation. The
Collaborate Divorce Model is a team approach for prenuptial agreements,
separations, and divorce that helps a couple plan their family without
going to court and supports families while they make tough financial and
parenting decisions.


community event is free and open to the public. For more information,
please contact Jane Merrill, Advocacy and Community Engagement
Coordinator, at or 773-472-6469 ext. 412


Blacklight Throwback Open Mic July 20th, at Bonsai Bar for Center on Halsted

Center on Halsted’s quarterly “Blacklight” open mic and entertainment series will return on Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. The event will take place at Bonsai Bar & Lounge, located at 3503 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Ill.


event theme is “Burlesque.” Entertainers are welcomed to talk, sing, or
dance creatively about Burlesque or another topic. While the mic is
open to anyone, Center on Halsted asks that all entertainers present
respectful content.


Entry is $10 dollars. For more information, contact Renauda Riddle at (773) 472-6469 or


National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame August 2nd

The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Board is proud to
announce the inaugural induction class, which will be the largest induction class of the NGLSHOF.  
The inductees range from organizations, straight
allies, former pro sports officials, activists, journalists, retired athletes
and current athletes. The inductees are Gay Games,, Chicago Cubs, International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA),
Anheuser Busch, Chris Kluwe, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Ben Cohen, Dave Pallone,
Justin Fashanu, LZ Granderson, Christina Kahrl, Dr. Tom Waddell, Chuck Dima,
Jerry Pritikin, Dave Kopay, Glenn Burke, Renee Richards, Billie, Jean King,
Martina Navratilova, Greg Louganis, Patty Sheehan, Andrew Goldstein, Jason
Collins, Orlando Cruz and Johnny Weir.
The induction of the
first honorees will happen on August 2, 2013 through a ceremony at the
Center on Halsted. Tickets are available at There
will be two ticket types, VIP and General Admission.  VIP $50,
will include a seat in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre and a VIP meet and greet
reception. The General Admission $25, will include a reception and viewing on
TV’s outside the theater. Both tickets will include a hosted bar and food. The VIP meet and greet
reception is 5:00pm-6:00pm. The
general reception is 6:00pm-7:00pm. The Induction
Ceremony is 7:00pm-8:30pm
The induction ceremony will be in conjunction
with Out at Wrigley on August 3, 2013 – the nation’s largest “Gay Day” at
a major league sporting event. Tickets for Out at Wrigley
can be purchased at


Pride and Joy Rooftop Dance Party June 28th

PRIDE AND JOY!  Friday June 28th
Every year Center on
hosts a Pride Dance Party on our fabulous rooftop deck
overlooking the skyline from 5:30-9:30 pm. We host over 250 community
members and allies to dance in celebration of the advancement of the
LGBTQ movement while listening to music provided by DJ Marc “Moose”
Moder and the evening’s host, Cyon Flare. In what has become one of
Boystown’s most celebrated parties, it is sure to be an evening of
celebrating community as we look to the years ahead.

$20 admission includes 4 drink tickets that include Full-Bar Service.

21 and up     3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois 60613

Purchase tickets here


Boystown Senior LGBT Housing Will Break Ground Any Day on Halsted

The historic building at the corner of Halsted and Addison streets are about to be transformed into a housing facility for LGBT seniors.  The vacant lot on North Halsted between the
100-year-old police station and Whole Foods will also be used in
construction of the new building.
The City of Chicago, the Center on Halsted
and Heartland Housing will build Midwest’s first
LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing facility. 

The 79-unit facility has been a long time in the making. The project has come along as conceived, according Nadia Underhill,
associate director of real estate development at Heartland Housing,
especially considering the complications that arose from adaptive reuse
regarding the historic police station. The project will preserve the
station’s exterior along with certain interior details, she said.

Read more!


Gay Porn Stars in Chicago this Weekend

5 big events  and  4 days of hot gay male pornstars.

May 23rd, 2013

Grabby Official Kickoff Party with
Chi Chi LaRue
and the   Men
for Fabscout

 Hydrate 3458 N. Halsted from 9pm till
? $5 Cover.

May 24th, 2013

 Lucky Horse Shoe

3169 N. Halsted presents Cocktails with the Stars
w/Scotty B  and the men of Colt, Hot House & Jet Set Men
9pm-till Midnight        $5 Cover

May 25th, 2013

2013 Grabbys!   NEW LOCATION!!

Center on Halsted
  3656 N. Halsted
Red carpet / doors open at 6:00
PM.  Show stars at 8:00 PM.



3726 N. Broadway – 10pm till Close…
$10 Advance….$15 at the Door
Tickets now on sale

The finale!
Sunday May 26th, 2013

Naked Sword Post
Grabby Recovery Brunch at

3733 N Halsted from 1
–  4:00 PM
$10 Cover. $15 at the door.

For the first time ever
hear from the Porn Stars what took place before, during and after the

* this event has sold
early in
the past so
get your tickets early space is
Tickets are available at North End.


Chaka Kahn Headlines Center on Halsteds Human First Gala May 18

Tickets are still available for  Center on Halsted’s  Human First gala on May 18th.  An amazing fun-filled evening,  honoring several outstanding community members and enjoying a great performance by Chicago native, Chaka Khan, followed by dancing until midnight

This year’s Human First Award recipients include Sarah Schmidt & Julie Matthei, and Jonathan “Yoni” Pizer & Brad Lippitz, whose work to advance marriage equality has been essential to its growing success; and Richard Turner,
who has been active in AIDS/HIV and LGBTQ issues, as well as with
corporate and philanthropic communities. Being honored with the
Community Spirit Award will be Allstate Insurance Company,
which has been very supportive of agencies nationwide, particularly
around the issues of domestic violence and fiscal literacy. Co-chairing
this year’s event are Charles A. Schrock and Laura RickettsBillie Jean King, has agreed to serve as Honorary Co-Chair along with Amina Dickerson, Anne Kaplan, Abby O’Neil & Carroll Joynes, and Maria Bechily & Scott Hodes.

 Please join us at the amazing Hilton, 720 S. Michigan, 

 in what is sure
to be a memorable evening. 

Tickets are available at


LGBT Rights Activist Urvashi Vaid in Chicago April 3

LGBT rights advocate Urvashi Vaid will be in Chicago Wed., April 3 for a
free event
at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted.

 She will discuss
and sign copies

of her new book, Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class, and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics.

This is her only public program in Chicago.

The event will start at 7 p.m. and is co-hosted by Center on Halsted, the Community Media Workshop; Ellen Stone Belic Institute for Women & Gender in Arts & Media, Columbia College Chicago; and Windy City Times newspaper. Women & Children First Bookstore will have books for sale at the event.


one of the nation’s best-known social justice leaders and community
activists comes a strategic and informed argument about the pitfalls of
limited political vision, and the benefits of an agenda that
encompasses, yet moves beyond, equality.


LGBT movement is on one of the most active, contested, and engaging
social movements in the world. This optimistic book challenges advocates
for LGBT rights in the U.S. to aspire beyond the narrow framework of
equality. It outlines a more substantive politics with race, class, and
gender at its foundation, and suggests that such a politics will produce
greater and more meaningful change for a larger number of people.


Irresistible Revolution
is intended for a broad and general audience. The book turns an
experienced and thoughtful lens onto many common controversies,
rhetoric, and strategic questions that face contemporary social change
movements: pursuit of broad or narrow agendas, integration of economic
and racial justice, integrating sexual orientation and gender identity
in human rights frameworks, the persistence of sexism, the dilemmas of
bipartisanship, and the challenge of seeing beyond the short term to
secure gains made for the long run.


RSVP: To make a reservation, contact Tom Elliott at or 773-472-6469


BOOKS: To purchase and/or reserve your copies call Women & Children First Bookstore at 773-769-9299 or visit Guests
are encouraged to reserve copies or prepay to ensure an adequate number
of books. Reserved copies and a limited number of additional copies
will be available at the event.