Category Archives: Youth

Laramie Project in Glen Ellyn

Village Theatre Guild will be presenting Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project’s “The Laramie Project” March 24 through April 15, 2017 at Village Theatre in Glen Ellyn, IL.  “The Laramie Project” is a thought provoking theatre piece that chronicles a community’s reaction to the events following the savage death of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student.  It is their true story of hope, courage, and self-refection.

Structurally different than most plays, “The Laramie Project” offers thirteen people playing sixty plus characters and is presented with “moments” rather than scenes.  It is a character and actor driven play.

Presented weekends March 24 through April 15 at Village Theatre, located on the northwest corner of Park Boulevard and Butterfield Rd. in Glen Ellyn, tickets may be purchased by calling 630-469-8230.

Chicago LGBTQ Homeless Youth

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El Rescate Basic Center which provides prevention services to LGBTQ youth ages 12-17 who are run-aways, couch-surfing, whose family is living in a doubled up situation, who are or are at-risk of homelessness.
El Rescate also provides a Transitional Living Program for LGBTQ and/or HIV positive from the ages of 18-24.
El Rescate Basic Center 
Puerto RicanCultural Center
Office: 872-829-2654 
2703 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622   FACEBOOK  PAGE  HERE

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Volunteers Needed EQIL Gala

2016    25th Anniversary Gala Volunteer Sign-Up

 

Are you ready for the 25th Anniversary Gala? Last year, over 1400 people attended the Gala and we could not have done it without the hard work of our volunteers. This year will be no different, especially with high-profile guests, namely, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who will receive the Freedom Award.

The Gala will take place on Saturday, February 6th (6pm to midnight), at the Hilton Chicago (720 South Michigan Avenue).
In order for the events to run smoothly, we need volunteers like you to help. Please take a minute to look at the dates listed below for our needs.

VOLUNTEER NEEDS:

2016 Equality Illinois Gala
WHEN: Saturday, February 6th, 2016 (various shifts)
WHAT: This is the main event, and we will need approximately 120 volunteers on hand to make sure that everything runs smoothly.

DETAILS:

Volunteers are needed throughout the day of Gala, beginning at 10:00am on Saturday, and going until approximately 1:00am Sunday, February 7th. Various shift and time assignments will be set to cover the following positions: Silent Auction Set-Up; Silent Auction Monitors; Ballroom Monitors; Guest Registration; Greeters; Silent Auction Check Out (ONLY AVAILABLE SHIFTS WILL APPEAR AS AN OPTION).

The dress for volunteer staff at the Gala is Black-Tie Optional/Business, so you can wear a Suit/Tie, Cocktail Dress, Women’s Suit, Blazer/Slacks/Tie, Tux or Gown. Jeans and t-shirts are not acceptable dress UNLESS you are at the Hotel early for the Set-up shifts. If you are assigned to set-up, and you wish to stay for the event, please bring a change of clothes.

 

SIGN UP HERE

Gay Chicago Youth Group YEPP and Jess Godwin

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When The Snow Thaws, By Jess Godwin features YEPP –  Youth Empowerment Performance Project

“Over 100 chicago voices came together to support this song and video. Many thanks to Brian Bloye, Chicago Artists Chorale, Community Renewal Chorus, St. Alphonsus Choir, YEPP, and actors, musicians, artists, and humanitarian friends of Chicago for donating their time and incredible talents to this project.

“Thanks to Executive Producer Kat Fitzgerald, Director Jason Knade, Producer Kayla Ginsburg, Stylist/MUA Jacob Leatherman of Blown Chicago, Recording Engineer Yuri Lysoivanov (with students from Tribeca Flashpoint College), Mixing/Mastering Engineer Tim Timothy Rusin The Athenaeum, all of the people who brought food to the potluck, sent money in for the pizza…and stylists/MUA Paula CityLights Heckenast, Barbara Thomas, Deborah Sanchez, Cathy Geldmacher Nathan, and Garret Koski-Budabin who helped out on our rehearsal shoot day, and Youth Empowerment Performance Project director Bonsai Bermudez for doing an incredible amount of coordinating to make this happen.”   Jess Godwin

 

Please support  the  YEPP Go Fund Me Project

 

WATCH  THE  VIDEO

Chicago Homeless Youth

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Chicagoans know fall means bitter cold is on its way. People will soon scurry to stay inside day and night. Yet, more than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not just overnight shelter.

In the spirit of giving back this upcoming holiday season, the Chicago-area community will come together on Friday, Nov. 20, for an overnight sleep out to raise visibility and funds to help provide a stable living environment for youth experiencing homelessness.

The first-of-its-kind event in Chicago, the Out In the Open Sleep Out, will bring together members of the community to raise funds for 18 organizations serving youth experiencing homelessness. The event will be at Cricket Hill near Montrose Ave. and Lake Michigan.

Attendees will hear from individual teens and participate in a variety of activities. There will also be dozens of entertainers performing during the event.

“We are striving to bring new people and resources to this critical issue in Chicago,” said Tracy Baim,Windy City Times publisher and executive producer of the event. “We’ve modeled the event after similar events in other cities, and we plan to also showcase the talents of this next generation.”

The following nonprofit partners will benefit from the event:  AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Care2Prevent, the University of Chicago; Center on Halsted; Chicago House; Chicago Youth Storage Initiative; Howard Brown Health Center’s Broadway Youth Center; Illinois Safe Schools Alliance; La Casa Norte; Lurie Children’s Hospital – Division of Adolescent Medicine; Neon Dorms – Heartland Human Care Services; New Moms; Puerto Rican Cultural Center – El Rescate; TaskForce Prevention and Community Services; Teen Living Programs; The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project; The Night Ministry; Thresholds; Unity Parenting and Counseling, Inc.; and YEPP: Youth Empowerment Performance Project.

The event is hosted by the newly formed Pride Action Tank, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Edelman, Agency EA and Windy City Times newspaper, along with a wide range of other partners. Best Gay Chicago is a proud media partner of this event.

To donate or sign up for the inaugural event as well as to learn more about individual teen’s stories, please visit sleepoutchicago.org

YEPP Chicago Needs Your Help!

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The Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) is a unique youth theatre initiative that seeks a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth impacted by homelessness and housing instability to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance piece. In order to achieve its mission, they blend harm reduction, social justice, popular education, theatre of the oppressed, transformative and restorative justice work. YEPP is MOVEMENT BUILDING!

YEPP’s training program operates all year. However, within the course of six months, a cast led by director Bonsai Bermudez and supporting coordinators focus the work towards developing an original production to be shown in January 22, 23, 24, and 29, 30, 31 of 2016, at the Athenaeum Theatre.

What makes us unique? Our approach blends art, social justice and healing work in a way that encourages our ensemble members to create a performance that celebrates the strengths and advocates the needs of this often overlooked aspect of society.

We need your support. Annual funding assists our ensemble with the provision of a safe space, meals, transportation, workshops, and individual stipends.  HELP NOW!

Act now! Whether or not you are able to make a monetary contribution, we invite you to be a part of our community and keep up with YEPP news through our website at www.WeSayYEPP.com.

Chicago’s PRIDE ACTION TANK

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Pride Action Tank, a new, results-driven group that addresses challenges facing individuals and groups within LGBTQ communities through a collaborative process of inquiry, advocacy and action, is launching this month as a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC).

Kim L. Hunt, former executive director of Affinity Community Services, will be Pride Action Tank’s executive director. Tracy Baim, founder of Pride Action Tank, will be the president of its advisory board.

The work of Pride Action Tank focuses on six overlapping issue areas: housing, health, safety, financial security, youth and aging.

Pride Action Tank will bring together and support the work of subject matter experts as well as people directly impacted by challenges facing the LGBTQ community to envision and realize practical and longer-term policy solutions. Moreover, Pride Action Tank will fuel collaborations among organizations, departments, experts, policymakers and community members in order to fill in gaps and ensure better supports for all people in LGBTQ communities.

The mission of Pride Action Tank is to “improve the health, safety and progress of individuals and groups within the LGBTQ community by inspiring, supporting and leading collaborative action that improves policy, service, access and community dynamics in the core areas of housing, health, safety, financial security, youth and aging.”

Sign up to receive updates and action alerts from Pride Action Tank!

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

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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!
Say you’re attending on Facebook!

 

 

About Face Theatre Fundraising

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For the last two decades, About Face Theatre has been committed to giving a voice to stories that express the diverse, complex, emotional lives of the LGBTQIA community. In that time, you’ve filled our theatres, contributed to our fundraising campaigns, volunteered your time and otherwise expressed your support for our vision and for that we are so grateful.  Without you, we wouldn’t be the organization we are today!

 

This summer, we close out a star-studded 19th year of rave reviews, Jeff recommendations and sold out houses.  As we set our sights on a momentous 20th season, we invite you to renew your commitment to presenting adventurous LGBTQIA theatre by joining us as a 20th season donor!

 

Out in the Park Six Flags Chicago

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Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America
Returns in 2015 BIGGER Than EVER!

A Spectacular Night of Amusement and Entertainment
Presented by MINI Cooper Chicago & Ketel One Vodka
That Will Help Benefit Northalsted Business Alliance
Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 7PM to 12AM

Hosted by Amanda Lepore AND Pablo Hernandez this year! Attendees for this year’s fourth annual Out In The Park Celebration are in for a night of EPIC proportions.

All night, attendees can follow the bass to the Hometown Square dance area where The DJ’s of SCARLET Bar Chicago and Hostess Trannika Rex and some adorable go go’s well keep the party jumping.

Andrew Christian supermodel and “king of selfies” Pablo Hernandez will be riding rides with guests all night and taking photos. Then at 11:00 he will debut 2 of his new songs, followed by the Queen of New York nightlife, Amanda Lepore, with the worlds most expensive body!

Out In The Park is an annual private LGBT Saturday night fundraising event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America’s amazing THRILL rides with a portion of all ticket sales each year help benefit various non-profits. “One of the best elements of this event is that it is closed to the general public and this year our event piggy-backs a daytime corporate buyout so our attendees will be entering an EMPTY PARK!” explains Michael Snell, co-owner of BestGayChicago.com. “The LGBT community, their family, friends and supporters can enjoy the park with little to no lines and without homophobic hassles from anyone. It’s like a Fall Gay Pride Celebration with even MORE amusement and entertainment!”

In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: “We are very excited that this private night for charity continues to grow every year and we have gifted over $35,000 to various groups,” said Derrick Sorles, Snell’s husband of 16 years and business partner, “We are more than thrilled that Amanda Lepore is flying in from New York and the handsome Pablo Hernandez (from Los Angeles) will debut his new music at our event this year!”

Advance $40 tickets can be purchased NOW at www.GaySixFlagsChicago.com
FREE parking for this special event! In September the price goes up to $45. $50 the day of the event. All ages event. Drinks are available for purchase to those 21+
Hotels –if you are coming to Chicago for the weekend, we have 3 hotel choices in the heart of Boystown! CITY SUITES, WILLOWS HOTEL and MAJESTIC HOTEL. All the hotels are on our website GaySixFlagsChicago.com

Wonka Ball 2015 WARHOL

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In 1968, Andy Warhol proclaimed:
In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.In 2015, About Face Theatre proclaims:
It is the future and everyone can be Andy Warhol
It’s everything you love about Chicago’s gayest gala...Warholified!
For one night only, Moonlight Studios will be transformed into today’s version of Warhol’s Factory.  Immerse yourself in a world of 21st century pop art, cinema and camp while enjoying music, dancing, delicious drinks and fantastic food. And get ready for an amazing, art-filled silent and live auction that will blow your mind!
Early Bird tickets are available through     March 13th ONLY!
Just 2 weeks left! What are you waiting for, sugar?
Take a walk on the wild side…

Friday, April 10th @ Moonlight StudiosVIP Superstar Lounge @ 7pm
General Admission @ 8pm
 

A Kid Like Jake – Chicago Premiere

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Why Can’t A Boy

be A Princess?

“[A] smart, fluent drama…Pearle has found an intriguing subject of real currency, and one that stirs our natural sympathy.”
—New York Times.
Relevant and compelling –
A KID LIKE JAKE
begins previews in only 16 days!

The Chicago Premiere of     A KID LIKE JAKE
Written by Daniel Pearle |  Directed by Keira Fromm

FEBRUARY 6th thru MARCH 15th
Thursdays thru Saturdays @ 7:30p
Saturday and Sunday Matinees @ 3:00p

Discounted PREVIEW TICKETS are still available, but they won’t be for long! Be among the first to see A KID LIKE JAKE – grab yours today.

Alex and Greg’s intelligent and precocious four year-old son Jake is a leading candidate for enrollment in one of Manhattan’s top kindergarten programs. But when attention turns to his passion for Cinderella and dress-up, Jake’s behavior becomes a lightning rod, calling into question assumptions about gender, class, education and acceptance through the lens of 21st century parenting.

 

PREVIEWS: Adults $20 | Students + Seniors $10
Adults $35 | Students + Seniors $20


The Greenhouse Theater Center 
2257 N Lincoln Ave. in Chicago

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 

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Chicago

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Apartment Adoption Project starts for      homeless Chicago youth

The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project is launching this week in Chicago to provide private apartments for youth moving out of transitional housing. The project was initiated at the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit hosted earlier in 2014 by Windy City Times newspaper.

The 750 Club aims to provide additional scattered-site housing to unstably housed youth who are in school or working at least part-time. There will be a special focus on LGBTQ youth, but the program is not exclusive.

Studies show that stable housing is a basic necessity to maintain health and safety. Without it, youth have difficulty attending school, finding and keeping jobs, eating right, staying healthy, and more.

The 750 Club will address this issue by raising funds for private “adoption” of apartments. Existing homeless youth agencies and their case manager programs will provide supportive services to the residents. The program will cover young adults ages 18 to 25, or emancipated minors.

Every $750 raised will get approximately one youth in one apartment for one month.

Team Captains who agree to recruit 10 people to each give $75 a month for two years will have adopted one apartment for one youth for two years, which is the average minimum time agencies recommend for stabilizing a formerly homeless young person.

“This is an amazing, one-on-one way our community can make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth,” said Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times. Baim is overseeing the project, and is seeking help from team captains willing to recruit friends to commit to raising $75 each for two years. “A small group of just 10 people can change the world of one youth. The case managers will handle the logistics, but we also help to provide mentorship opportunities as well.”

All funds raised will be collected and administered by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s (AFC) housing program, so all donations will be tax deductible. Agencies who utilize scattered-site youth housing options will then apply for the use of the funds.

“AFC has the infrastructure to pay rents on behalf of residents, and we coordinate services for over 750 supportive housing residents each month,” said John Peller, president & CEO of AFC. “The 750 Club is a cost-effective extension of our existing programs that will help youth, including LGBTQ youth, a population that is highly vulnerable to HIV. We are grateful for Tracy’s leadership to address a serious, long-standing community need.”

The donation categories are:

Bronze: $75 one time – House one youth for three days

Silver: $75 per month for 10 months – House one youth for one month

Gold: $75 per month for 24 months – Partnered with nine others, you will house one youth for two years

Platinum: $750 a month for 6 months – You will house one youth for six months

Titanium: $750 per month for 24 months – You will house one youth for two years

Online donations and monthly pledges can be done via the AFC website, http://tinyurl.com/ApartmentAdopt .

For landlords interested in donating the use of an apartment at no or low-cost, please contact Baim to discuss options. Email: editor@windycitymediagroup.com.

Note: The average studio apartment rented through the agencies is $750 a month. The 750 Club will use this as the target goal to raise funds for two-year leases for youth who are working through agencies to find stable, long-term housing. In some cases it might be a two-bedroom apartment at average rent of $1500. Because this is an average number, in some cases the funds will help more than one youth, and in others additional money will be needed. Any extra funds will roll over into additional apartment rentals.

 

Men 13-24 NEEDED for Safer Sex Study

 

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Recruiting  men ages 13-24 years old

and if they complete the study they could walk away with up to $50!

DETAILS   HERE

The Homestretch – Homeless Youth

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“The Homestretch”

follows three homeless teens, one of them LGBTQ, as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future.

Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Roque, Kasey and Anthony – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.

As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

Watch the trailer here: www.homestretchdoc.com/trailer

A free-will offering to benefit The Night Ministries will follow the screening, which is co-sponsored by Berry United Methodist Church and the Gay Liberation Network. The film is a co-production between Spargel Productions and Kartemquin Films.

 

The free screening of this new film will take place at 7 PM, Thursday, November 13

at Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N Leavitt St, Chicago.

WATCH THE TRAILER

 

Chicago LGBTQ Youth – FACES

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FACES is Back!

November 7th, 8th, and 9th

This performance looks at the different faces that society and systems have defined for the ensemble members versus the different faces they strive to build and present for themselves.
The ensemble members will bring the audience through a journey of self-deconstruction that finishes up in a re-construction of new and self-empowered identities.
In FACES we address topics such as: homelessness, spiritual struggles, police brutality, suicide, trans physical-emotional development, drug use, physical and emotional abuse, HIV stigma, queer liberation, and many others.
FACES provides the opportunity for the audience to reflect and create consciousness about street-based queer youth experiences and creates space for community healing.
Go behind the scenes with this YouTube clip.  
You can also visit the Facebook Event Page for more information. 

Three perfromances only!       7pm…….$15 
Links Hall,   3111 N. Western Ave, ChicagoLimited seating. Wheelchair accessible.

Click here to purchase tickets online!

Our Mission

YEPP’s mission is to seek a safe environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer street-based youth to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance piece.

Gay Comedy Benefit

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Join us at R Public House restaurant and bar in Roger’s Park for a night of laughs, hosted by Chicagoan Gwen La Roka. This show will be raising funds to keep supporting the radical work that Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) is doing in the city.

YEPP’s mission is to seek a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth experiencing homelessness to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and celebrate their strengths throughout the process of developing a theatrical performance piece.

The funding raised will be covering different operational expenses such as food, a monthly transportation card, space rental, stipend for the youth, among many others. To purchase your ticket you can go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/883653

The evening will feature five comedians, a raffle, and much more! You can bring your after Halloween Costume and laughed it out.

About Face Theatre Gala October 10th

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About Face Theatre Presents:
The 2nd Annual Black & Tan Supper Club
The Pansy Craze
Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:00PM
 
Benefiting About Face Theatre & About Face Youth Theatre

For one exclusive night, step back into the golden age of Chicago’s Bohemian society as About Face Theatre presents THE BLACK AND TAN SUPPER CLUB on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 7 pm – 10 pm at the swanky InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave. on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. This magical throwback inspired by the 1930s cultural phenomenon known as the “Pansy Craze” will feature an evening of cocktails, dining and thrilling performances.

 

Travel back to Prohibition-era Chicago, when underground gay social clubs flourished in neighborhoods like Towertown on the northside and Bronzeville and Woodlawn on the southside. During the aptly-named “Pansy Craze,” gays, lesbians and other “non-conformists” flocked to these clubs known for their glamorous fashion, provocative performers, drag balls and rousing music.

Dress to the nines and step out with your friends at the most exciting event of the season!

 

Presented at the wonderful and historic InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. 505 N Michigan Ave.

Tickets for THE BLACK AND TAN SUPPER CLUB are available at www.aboutfacetheatre.org or by calling (773) 784-8565.

 

Howard Brown health Center – Discussions on Transgender and Youth Issues

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Howard Brown Town Hall Meetings on Health Issues

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Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) invites community members to participate in a series of town-hall meetings to discuss the health and wellness needs of Chicago’s diverse LGBTQ community. The sessions are part of HBHC’s community needs assessment, conducted every five years to gauge health-related concerns for HBHC’s patient populations.

“Respondents to the 2012 LGBT Community Needs Assessment overwhelmingly identified affordable health services and care as their leading concern,” said David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO.  “Our series is designed to dig deeper in order to better understand the community assets and barriers affecting the health of people in our community.”   

 

HBHC will rely on the community needs assessment for planning and quality improvement initiatives. Input from the meetings will be shared widely to spur public awareness and support for LGBTQ health promotion activities.

 

Sessions will be held at HBHC’s Brown Elephant in Lakeview at 3651 N. Halsted, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on the following dates: 

 

Monday, May 12: LGBTQ Older Adults

Facilitators: Medical Director Magda Houlberg, MD and Cecilia Hardacker, Manager of Geriatric Education

 

Monday, May 19: Lesbians, Bisexual and Queer Women

Facilitators: Betsy Rubinstein, Manager of Lesbian Community Care Project, and Michelle Wetzel, Sr. Vice President for Policy, Strategy and Business Development

 

Monday, June 2: Gay, Bisexual & Queer Men

Facilitators: Staff Physician Alfred Torrence, MD and Serette King, Health Educator

 

Monday, June 9: Transgender Individuals

Facilitators: Blue, Program Manager of the Transgender Women of Color Project, and Taylor Casey, Manager of Transgender Health

 

Monday, June 16: LGBTQ Youth Under 24

Facilitators: Imani Rupert, Director of HBHC’s Broadway Youth Center, and Kristin Keglovitz, PA, Director of Clinical Operations

Interested participants who cannot attend in person can join the discussion virtually on Twitter with the hashtag #HBHCTownHalls.

 

Sad News for Gay Illinois Teens – Conversion Therapy Ban Shot Down

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Illinois House Shoots Down Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) – An effort to ban the controversial practice of “conversion therapy” to turn gay, lesbian and bisexual youth heterosexual has been defeated in the Illinois House.

The proposed legislation, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) lost on a 44-51 roll call vote Thursday.

Cassidy, a lesbian who helped spearhead the legalization of same-sex marriage in Illinois, told her colleagues people are born heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual, and so-called “conversion therapy” can only harm the youths it purports to treat.  SEE MORE  AT  CBS

I AM BIG show Showcases Project Fierce Chicago

I AM BIG is about sharing what’s working in a big way. I
AM BIG focuses on what makes everyday life extraordinary. We believe
that there is‘ bigness’ in each one of us. The purpose of this weekly
show is to bring folks from day to day life and talk about what’s
working in their life- what’s working in the personal lives, what’s
working with their careers’ and what’s working with their connection to
the community. We want to learn how they balance these 3 aspects of
their lives. Most importantly learn and share what makes them them. I AM
BIG draws its inspiration from Karma Yatra.
The latest episode of I
Am Big, which is an online talk show that focuses inspirational
Chicagoans and redefining what it means to be “big.” The latest episode
came out 11/20 and features Cassandra, who is one of the founders of
Project Fierce, which is a grassroots collective working to create a
safe space for Chicago LGBTQ homeless youth.

High School Crowns Gay & Lesbian Best Friends As Homecoming King & Queen

How cool is this?!   High
School Crowns Gay & Lesbian Best Friends As Homecoming King &
Queen !
Eric
Irizarry and Ariana Reiff are close friends, and they are also the
newly crowned Waukegan High School homecoming king and queen. Upon
finding out at the school bonfire Wednesday night, both students said
they were surprised. – Both are gay. 
“Ariana
and I are both out and open about our sexuality,” Irizarry said. “Our
attitude is we are who we are and if that bothers people, that’s OK, but
we have so many friends who accept us for who we are.” 

About Face Theatre THE PRIDE June 6-July 13th

CHICAGO (May 8, 2013) About Face Theatre is pleased to kick-off LGBTQ Pride Month with the Chicago premiere of the Olivier Award-winning drama THE PRIDE by Alexi Kaye Campbell, directed by Artistic Director Bonnie Metzgar, playing June 6 – July 13, 2013 at Victory Gardens Richard  Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets for THE PRIDE are available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling the Victory Gardens Box Office at (773) 871-3000.  
THE PRIDE features AFT Artistic Associates Patrick Andrews, John Francisco and Benjamin Sprunger with Jessie Fisher.  Two story lines, fifty years apart. Set in London, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s time-shifting play THE PRIDE maps the progression of the gay rights movement from the repression of the fifties to the freedom of today through the fate of two twisted love triangles. In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia but in love with Oliver. In 2008, Oliver is addicted to public sex with strangers, so Philip leaves him. Sylvia has to pick up the pieces. THE PRIDE is a sharp, witty portrait of urban gay couples and the punishing consequences of liberation.
Playwright: Alexi Kaye Campbell
Director:  AFT Artistic Director Bonnie Metzgar
Location:  Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 
Dates:  Previews: Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 pm, Friday, June 7 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, 
2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.
June 8 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 9 at 5 pm & Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 pm.
Regular Run: Saturday, June 15 – Saturday, July 13, 2013
Show Times:  Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 5 pm & 9 pm; Sundays at 5 pm.  
Please note: there are no performances on Friday, June 14 and Thursday, July 
4.  There is an added performance on Monday, July 8 at 7:30 pm
Tickets:  Previews: $20
Regular run: $30. $15 students. Group rates available.
Tickets for THE PRIDE are available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling 
the Victory Gardens Box Office at (773) 871-3000.

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About Face Theatres WHATS THE T

About Face Theatre is pleased to present a remount of its wildly popular Youth Ensemble world premiere WHAT’S THE T? by Sara Kerastas and The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble, directed by Artistic Associate Eric Hoff, playing May 19 – June 2, 2013 at the Prince Charitable Trusts Upstairs Loft at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., in Chicago. The production features members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble. Tickets are available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or at the door.

 

Internet
personality/trans activist/fierce community leader Ms. Ma uses her
YouTube page to create community, serve glamour and spread the good word
about queer safe spaces in Chicago. WHAT’S THE T? tells the
story of Ms. Ma’s tangled web of connections, her struggle to stay
positive and what happens to her community when she disappears. Inspired
by issues of race, gender, age and class in Chicago’s “Boystown,” WHAT’S THE T? is based on true stories and interviews from LGBTQA youth and adults in and around Chicago.

 

WHAT’S THE T? began
with the theme of trans identity, but after year-one, the youth
ensemble chose to take it a step further by using this theme to address
the significant tensions arising in the queer community. As such, the
play examines issues of race, gender, class and age in the queer
community, with trans characters at the heart of the story. For 13
years, the Youth Theatre has sought changes within the larger community
through innovative thought, dialogue, and performance. AFYT hopes to
move their ensemble from positions of marginalization into positions of
inclusion and power.

 

“There’s
a whole storyline in the play that takes place on the Internet – with
two people documenting their lives through YouTube videos, and
ultimately building a relationship in that digital elusive space,”
comments playwright Sara Kerastas. “This play is so right now. The story speaks to how we communicate right now. How we build, how we own, and how we use space right now.”

 

The production team for WHAT’S THE T? includes: John Holt (set design/technical director), Mieka van der Ploeg (costume design), Jeff Glass (lighting design/production manager), Erik Roldan (sound design), Liviu Pasare (projections design), Nic K (choreography), Rupert Priniski (production coordinator) and John Rooney (stage manager).

 

Title:                           WHAT’S THE T?


Playwright:                Sara Kerastas and The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble

Director:                    Artistic Associate Eric Hoff

Featuring:                  About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble members


Location:                   Prince Charitable Trusts Upstairs Loft at Victory Gardens Theater

                                    2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.


Dates:                                                   

                                    Regular Run: Friday, May 24 – Sunday, June 2

Curtain Times:          Fridays at Saturdays at 7 pm; Sundays at 3 pmNote: there will an added 3 pm performance on Saturday, June 1.


Tickets:                      $15. $5 youth tickets; $25 AFYT Support Ticket.

Tickets for WHAT’S THE T? are available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or at the door.

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance FIERCE and FABULOUS benefit May 4th

FIERCE!   
Fierce & Fabulous Fashion Show with fashions from MODA Boutique and
in partnership with Halsted Vodka, to benefit the  
Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.


Saturday, May 4
from 7 – 9pm  @  minibar.

There  will be drawing
for giveaways  that include certificates to MODA Boutique,
Halsted Vodka, along with some 
Illinois Safe Schools Alliance gift packages as well!  

 Ticket Price $25 – includes 1 drink! 

(21+ Event – ID required)

    At
minibar 3341 N Halsted, Chicago

          Buy your ticket(s)

here
.

The Alliance envisions a world in which
youth develop to their fullest potential, learning in safe and nurturing
schools, living in communities that accept and honor differences, where
everyone has the freedom to express their sexual orientation and gender
identity.

About Face Theatre Wonka Ball April 26, 2013

WHERE WILL YOU BE ON APRIL 26th, 2013??

About Face Theatre Celebrates Its 17th Year at

WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS

Friday, April 26 at Architectural Artifacts

About Face Theatre celebrates its 17th year with a three-ring party of colossal entertainment and excessive elegance at WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8 pm (Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party at 7 pm).  AFT’s premier fundraiser combines the surprising delights of the big top with the inspired grandeur of this year’s venue, Chicago’s Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. 


Hosted by About Face board members, Benjamin Sprunger and Billy Lullo, WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS offers
a night of dazzling performances, decadent revelry and dancing,
sumptuous dining and drink and tempting silent auction prizes. The
annual gala also includes the presentation of the prestigious 2013
Leppen Leadership Awards and the About Face Youth Theatre MVP Award.  This year’s guests will be among the first to meet About Face’s new, soon-to-be-announced Artistic Director.  
Tickets are currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or 773-784-8565.

 

About Face Theatre’s VIP supporters will be special guests at the exclusive Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party beginning
at 7 pm and hosted by AFT board members Drew Kent and Rob Abernathy.
VIP guests will enjoy early access to the venue with an exclusive
cocktail party, sumptuous culinary treats, special “sideshow”
entertainments, the opportunity for early bidding at the silent auction
and intimate access to the About Face leadership
and artists. VIP supporters will also enjoy prime viewing of
center-ring performances from the lavish Ringmaster’s Lounge exclusively
reserved from 7 – 9 pm.

 

Proceeds from the WONKA BALL support About Face Theatre programming including its groundbreaking Youth Theatre, which creates critically acclaimed new work by and about LGBTQA youth and their allies.  The
Youth Theatre has performed on major stages across the country, and,
through its outreach tour, changes the lives of thousands of young
people each year.  AFT also boasts its annual, award-winning main stage season and the ambitious XYZ Festival of New Works.

 

Named for About Face Youth Theatre supporter Michael Leppen, the annual Leppen Leadership Awards recognize
those whose efforts on behalf of About Face Theatre and the LGBTQA
community empower youth leaders to take action and encourage LGBTQA
adults and youth to create intergenerational dialogue and understanding.  The About Face Youth Theatre MVP Award is
given to an outstanding youth theatre ensemble member for exceptional
service to the company and to the greater LGBTQ community. The recipient
has proven herself or himself to be exceptionally dedicated to the
mission of our work and has gone beyond her or his duties as an ensemble
member to better the experience of other Youth Theatre participants.

 

Event:             WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS

Date:               Friday, April 26 at 8 pm – 11 pm;  Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party at 7 pm

Location:        Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. in Chicago

Details:           Featuring a silent auction, open bar, delicious food, music, dancing and performances.

Tickets:          $135 general admission. Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party: $135 event ticket + $100 tax deductible donation.  

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For tickets, visit www.aboutfacetheatre.com or call 773-784-8565.

About Face Theatre Spring and Summer Shows

Designed to give audiences access to innovative work at all stages of
development, the XYZ Festival of New Works fosters creative
collaboration between Chicago-based artists and groundbreaking artists
from across the US. The XYZ Series provides an unique experience for
audiences who enjoy watching the artistic process unfold and who want to
be exposed to new voices in the American theatre that are exploring
sexuality and gender.

Here’s what you’ll see at this year’s festival: 

WHEN:
April 9th 7:30pm
Jordan Seavey’s TRUTH WILL OUT, directed by Artistic Associate Ben Sprunger

April 10th 7:30pm
David Myer’s THE ARVESTO PARASITE and Artistic Associate Philip Dawkins’s CAST OF CHARACTERS, directed by Stephen Cone

(more show details online)

WHERE:
Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, Richard Christensen Theatre

COST:     FREE!


About Face Theatre Presents the Chicago Premiere of THE PRIDE

By Alexi Kaye Campbell
Directed by Artistic Director Bonnie Metzgar
June 6 – July 13, 2013

About Face Theatre is pleased to kick-off LGBTQ Pride Month with the Chicago premiere of the Oliver Award-winning drama THE PRIDE by Alexi Kaye Campbell, directed by Artistic Director Bonnie Metzgar, playing June 6 – July 13, 2013 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.

 Two story lines, fifty years apart. Set in London, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s time-shifting play THE PRIDE maps the progression of the gay rights movement from the repression of the fifties to the freedom of today through the fate of two twisted love triangles. In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia but in love with Oliver. In 2008, Oliver is addicted to public sex with strangers, so Philip leaves him. Sylvia has to pick up the pieces. THE PRIDE is a sharp, witty portrait of urban gay couples and the punishing consequences of liberation.

Show Times:                        Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 5 pm & 9 pm; Sundays at 5 pm.
Tickets: Previews: $20
Regular run: $30. $15 students. Group rates available.

MORE  DETAILS  ONLINE!

Wonka Ball April 26th, GRAB EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW

About Face Theatre celebrates its 17th year with a three-ring party of colossal entertainment and excessive elegance at WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8 pm (Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party at 7 pm).  AFT’s premier fundraiser combines the surprising delights of the big top with the inspired grandeur of this year’s venue, Chicago’s Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. 

WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS offers
a night of dazzling performances, decadent revelry and dancing, and
sumptuous dining and drink. The annual gala includes a tempting silent
auction, the presentation of the prestigious 2013 Leppen Leadership
Awards and the About Face Youth Theatre MVP Award. 
Tickets are currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or 773-784-8565.



GRAB EARLY BIRD TICKETS THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!

 

About Face Theatre’s VIP supporters will be special guests at the exclusive Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party beginning
at 7 pm and hosted by AFT board members Drew Kent and Rob Abernathy.
VIP guests will enjoy early access to the venue with an exclusive
cocktail party, sumptuous culinary treats, special “sideshow”
entertainments, the opportunity for early bidding at the silent auction
and intimate access to the About Face leadership
and artists. VIP supporters will also enjoy prime viewing of
center-ring performances from the lavish Ringmaster’s Lounge exclusively
reserved from 7 – 9 pm.

 

Proceeds from the WONKA BALL support About Face Theatre programming including its groundbreaking Youth Theatre, which creates critically acclaimed new work by and about LGBTQA youth and their allies.  The
Youth Theatre has performed on major stages across the country, and,
through its outreach tour, changes the lives of thousands of young
people each year.  AFT also boasts its annual, award-winning main stage season and the ambitious XYZ Festival of New Works.

 

Named for About Face Youth Theatre supporter Michael Leppen, the annual Leppen Leadership Awards recognize
those whose efforts on behalf of About Face Theatre and the LGBTQA
community empower youth leaders to take action and encourage LGBTQA
adults and youth to create intergenerational dialogue and understanding.  


 

Event:             WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS

Date:               Friday, April 26 at 8 pm;  Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party at 7 pm


Location:       Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. in Chicago

Details:           Featuring a silent auction, open bar, delicious food, music, dancing and performances.


Tickets:          $135 general admission. Ringmaster’s VIP Cocktail Party: $135 event ticket + $100 tax deductible donation.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For tickets, visit www.aboutfacetheatre.com or call 773-784-8565.


EARLY BIRD PRICING  EXPIRE THIS WEEKEND!


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