Category Archives: Youth

The Night Ministry Chosen as this years PROUD TO RUN Beneficiary

The Night Ministry is excited to announce that we have been chosen as a
beneficiary of the 2013 Proud To Run 10K run and 5K run/walk! Proud to
Run (PTR) is an annual charity event focused on celebrating pride in a
healthy way and raising funds to support the greater Chicago area
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning,
Intersex/Inquiring, & Allies (LGBTQI&A). Since 1982, Proud To Run has raised more than $320,000 for
local beneficiary organizations. All of the funds raised by the 2013
Proud To Run event will directly benefit The Night Ministry’s YouthOutreach Program, the Pride Youth Program of Links, and TPAN’s Mobile
HIV Testing Unit.

 

The Night Ministry
will be participating in several pre-event fundraisers and will also be
providing a team of volunteers for the Proud To Run event on Saturday,
June 29, 2013.
If you would like to volunteer or learn more, please
contact Tedd@thenightministry.org

To sign up to run in the race, please visit the Proud to Run.

Beautiful Thing in Chicago Jan 17-Feb 17

Pride Films and Plays Presents

A 20th Anniversary Production of Jonathan Harvey’s Acclaimed 

Beautiful Thing


January 17 – February 17, 2013 

at the Athenaeum Theatre


Beautiful Thing,  is theheartwarming story of two teenaged boys coming to terms with their sexuality.  Director John Nasca directs a cast that includes PFP Artistic Ensemble Members Michelle McKenzie-Voigt and Patrick Rybarczyk as Sandra and Tony, with Robert Hilliard as Jamie, Charlie Wein as Ste, and Kiah McKirnan as Leah.

 

Jamie,
a boy who skips school to avoid playing sports, is attracted to his
next-door neighbor Ste, an athletic teen who is regularly beaten by his
father and brothers.  One night, Jamie’s mother Sandra offers Ste refuge
from his abusive family, setting off a chain of events that changes
their lives forever.
  Set in a working-class area of southeast London, Beautiful Thing illustrates the struggle of growing up in a world that can be cruel and unforgiving to anyone perceived as different.

 

Written in 1993, Beautiful Thing was
initially produced by The Bush Theatre, London, England.  It received
its American premiere in 1998 by Famous Door Theatre Company in Chicago
and then transferred to New York in 1999 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.  
“As 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Beautiful Thing and
with bullying issues still very much a part of today’s headlines, this
is the perfect time to revisit this play, which feels more relevant than
ever,” says director John Nasca.


Curtain Times           Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., 

                                  Sunday at 2:00    p.m.

Prices
                    $15 for Previews, $23 on Thursdays and Sundays, and
$25                                on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets                   773-935-6875 or www.athenaeumtheatre.org

Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago.

Chicago House TransLife Program

In 1986, the first Christmas tree went up in the halls of Chicago House’s hospice. 

 In 2013, the sacred walls of this important piece in Chicago House’s history will breathe new life when we launch our all new TransLife Program. 
Take 6 minutes and learn about the ever changing need Chicago House continues to fill. Our video message will change your life, while we continue to change thousands…WATCH NOW

AT THE FLASH and BEAUTIFUL THING

 At The Flash is a clever and funny show that condenses
LGBT history into the story of five characters – a closeted man in the
1960s, a black drag queen in the 1970s, a club kid in the 1980s, a
budding lesbian activist in the 1990s, and a family man/entrepreneur in
the 2000s.

Sean Chandler and David Leeper’s At The Flash, winner of PFP’s
Great Gay Play and Musical Contest in 2012, is currently having  its world premiere
at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. 3656 North Halsted Street 

David Leeper segues from one character to the next and you witness the various struggles that each person went through, in their own ways, dealing with homosexuality at different periods of our movement.  AT THE FLASH is JEFF RECOMMENDED. The Jeff Awards celebrate excellence in Chicago Theater.

At the Flash succeeds
most as an accurate and heartfelt piece of gay history. It’s one which
can be shared with audiences of all types, as it has little actual
sexual content or references that might be uncomfortable for those with
more conservative sensibilities.
At the Flash could
be a great primer on gay history for younger members of the community
or anyone else seeking a better understanding of America’s journey
toward providing space for LGBTs to live open lives with the same
opportunities for safety, security and happiness as anyone else in the
society.” – John Olson, Chicago Theater Beat

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances are $25, and Wednesday and
Thursday are $21. Portions of each ticket sold support programming at
Center on Halsted.

Beautiful Thing is a play written by Jonathan Harvey and first performed in 1993. A  wonderful screen adaptation of the play was released in 1996  with a revised screenplay also by Harvey.

In a  working class suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.

Jamie is the son of Sandra  a tough but warm-hearted barmaid who lives in a public housing block in a rough-and-tumble section of South London. Living a few doors away is Jamie’s classmate Ste (Scott Neal), an athletic type who often has to take a beating from his hard-drinking father and hard-headed brother.

One night, Jamie and Sandra discover that Ste has been kicked out of the apartment and has nowhere to spend the night; Jamie lets him stay at his place, and a casual closeness eventually stirs sexual feelings. While both were vaguely aware they might be gay, neither had ever acted on their impulses, and once Jamie and Ste decide that they’re attracted to each other, neither is sure just what to do.

It is a wonderful story of love and acceptance.
It will run Jan 17-Feb 17th, at Luna Central Theatre. 3914 N. Clark.
Tickets  $25 and $30.  HALF PRICE TICKETS available for Jan 17-18!

Pride Films and Plays

Pride Films and Plays is now offering Premium Play Passes and Play
Passes for its 2012-13 season. Premium Passes are $50 and include one
ticket for each of the three full productions, plus 6 free tickets to
the Gay Play Weekend, Gay Screenplay Weekend or Women’s Work Weekend.
The names of Premium Pass holders will be also be listed in the season’s
programs. This is a $120 value!

Play Passes are $40 and include one ticket for each of the three full
productions and three tickets to the Gay Play Weekend, Gay Screenplay
Weekend or Women’s Work Weekend. This is a $90 value.
Students and seniors over 60 can save $5 when purchasing either the
Premium Pass or Play Pass.

Help Chicago’s Gay Homeless Youth July 25th

On Wednesday July 25th, “We Are Halsted,” a series of variety shows
that benefits the Chicago queer community by raising funds and
awareness, will be raising money for queer homeless youth. The event
will be called Show Support With Showtunes and will feature live musical
theater performances and take place at Sidetrack Video Bar at 3349 N
Halsted, Chicago, IL at 7pm. Performers donating their talent include
Jeff nominated Jayson Brooks (lead singer from JC Brooks And The Uptown
Sound,) Jess Godwin (nationally touring
recording artist,) Sharriese Hamilton, Joey Stone (Pippin,) Ryan Lanning
(Alien Queen) and Bethany Thomas (Hairspray) and hosted by Benny
Stardust (Steamworkz: The Musical, Windy City Gay Idol.) The night will
also include a silent auction. The proceeds will benefit The Night
Ministry’s queer homeless shelter The Crib.

We Are Halsted
was organized in the summer of 2011 in response to rising numbers in
queer homeless youth. Twenty-six percent of LGBTQ youth were kicked out
of their homes when they came out (that’s over a quarter of LGBTQ
youth.) Queer youth are seven times more likely to be victims of crime
and three times more likely to engage in survival sex. There are 15,000
homeless youth in Chicago and up to 40% of them identify as queer. July
25th will be the third edition of We Are Halsted and organized by its
creator Adam Guerino and the creator of Over The Rainbow, Jimmy Kays.

Our beneficiary combats this issue like no other organization in
Chicago. The Night Ministry’s The Crib not only provides queer homeless
youth with food and shelter throughout the night, but with a sense of
community and confidence–empowering them as they search for housing and
employment. It is the only shelter of its kind in the Midwest and the
only resource for youth from Chicago and several surrounding states.
Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, it has gone from being a
year-round homeless shelter to only being available from October 1st to
April 30th. If there are 15,000 homeless youth in Chicago and 40% of
them identify as queer, that means 6,000 homeless youth no longer have a
safe place in Chicago over night. Where will these youth go? Statistics
can’t say but whether they are empowered enough to ask or not, queer
homeless youth are hoping for your help.

A personal belief
from the organizers of We Are Halsted is that when a youth is kicked out
of a straight home for being queer, whether admitted or only
suspected–they belong to the queer community. These youth want what the
entire queer community wants, to be accepted for who they are, who they
love but most importantly, to feel safe with food, shelter and a future
in the wider community. They need your support to achieve these simple,
basic goals.

We Are Halsted: Show Support With Showtunes.
Wednesday July 25th doors open at 7pm at Sidetrack on 3349 N Halsted.
Tickets are $12 in advance ((go to www.thenightministry.org
– donate – and choose “We Are Halsted” in the drop-down menu, select
$12 donations and your name will be added the door list,)) and $17 at
the door. All tickets include a drink ticket. Proceeds benefit The Night
Ministry’s The Crib.

Help spread word by “liking” our community page on www.facebook.com/WeAreHalsted and following us on www.twitter.com/WeAreHalsted.


Second City to offer Writing GLBT Comedy June 25-29

 The Second City Training Center
Puts the “Funny” 
In
 “Funny That Way”



Building on the traditional week-long immersions in Improv, Comedy Writing, and Acting held each summer, The Second City Training Center is piloting a new course titled ‘Writing GLBT Comedy’, set to run June 25-29.

 Students will explore comedy where ‘gay’ is the given, not the punchline. They will discover their comedic point of view while creating memorable characters, scenes and songs that go beyond easy stereotypes.

 

From budding writers to experienced performers to working writers, students will take on assignments customized to their interests and experience.

 No matter where students fall in the LBGTQIA alphabet, this course will give them the tools to strengthen their comedic voice and take on topics both personal and political.

 Taught by Andy Eninger.  Monday June 25 to Friday, June 29.
10am-1pm each day.

About Andy Eninger:

Andy is the Head of the Writing Program at Second City’s Training Center, and was a founding member of Chicago’s GayCo Productions. This Summer, he will appear in “Steamworks! The Musical” for the Annoyance Theater and, hopefully, finish a screenplay about assassins.

About The Second City:

For fifty years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers. The Training Center follows the traditions developed by these groundbreaking and innovative men and women while encouraging the continued growth and development of the art forms of comedy and improvisation. Today, The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world, offerings courses for all ages and experience levels.

Secondcity.com/Training

Steve Starchild….Has the X Factor

Over the last month, Chicago’s  STEVE  STARCHILD has been uploading videos on YouTube.
He is 22, a singer and songwriter, and on the road to Rock-Stardom!

This boy can sing!   And those abs –  wow!

In his newest video,
he is hitting the streets of Chi-city for a middle-of-the-night
CTA adventure!
Check out his own recording and video for one of Gaga’s
greatest, MARRY THE NIGHT! It’s pretty awesome!

GAGAISM  says, “Whenever a Lady Gaga single is released, it’s only a matter of time
before fans and musicians take to YouTube to upload their own covers and
parodies. Once in a while, one of these videos catapults a new artist
to fame, as with Greyson Chance and Maria Aragon.

Steve [Starchild] might just be the next person to hit it big after
releasing a Gaga cover. His take on “Marry The Night” is unique and far
less “out-there” than Lady Gaga’s, yet it feels true to the song.
Furthermore, Starchild strongly exhibits a star power and charisma that
is sure to woo the ladies (and gentlemen) who watch his video.”

This guy, is one to watch!  It’s just a matter of time until he has a record deal!

Steve Starchild YouTube Channel

Adam Guerino…LGBT Homelessness to Comedy


Adam Guerino
is a writer in Chicago who works nationally as a stand-up comedian, mc/host, columnist, cartoonist and producer.
 
He created Queer Comedy at Zanies as well as Laugh Track at Sidetrack and Beauty Parlour: Comedy Never Looked So Gorgeous.


Adam has been featured in Timeout Chicago‘s “Joke Of The Week” and played at comedy clubs in Chicago and New York including ZaniesLincoln LodgeLakeshore Theater and The Edge Comedy Club in Chicago and Shock Therapy and Happy Hour at Bartini in New York City. 

As a producer, he has produced three seasons of the multimedia comedy show The Sarcastic Squad, two seasons of the performance and networking independent art event Art Haus, the sexy spectacle variety show Nightcaps as well as written and produced the full-length comedic play Mattress Matters and producing the short movies, I’m GayEverybody Is Having Sex But Me and Glitter Party.

He says, “I believe a good storyteller retells a journey and a great storyteller takes you on a journey with them. My first stories I told had little to do with my life—they were escapist and fantastical, sending me far away from my town of 4,000 people in Iowa. Beginning in my parents’ basement, I created epic sagas with a huge cast of action figures accompanied with character development, back stories and subplots. By middle school I was committing stories to paper with convoluted, over-wrought science fiction novellas.

I moved to Chicago for college and was a student for two years before dropping out and moving to Hawaii with no job or promise of a place to stay. Friends and family were confused as to how someone with so much passion would quit school, but I figured if I was going to have a hobby it might as well be an exciting one.



I lived in Hawaii for less than six months and in that time went from sleeping on the beach to working at one of the best restaurants in the world. I did interesting things and wrote the entire time
.”


His situation fell apart in Hawaii. After moving back to Chicago within the year, he decided to have more stable, trustworthy living accommodations and moved into a college friend’s studio apartment for the last two months of her lease while she lived with her BF down the block. After a few weeks, the landlord thought Adam was party to an unofficial sublease and he was asked to leave. He didn’t tell any of his old college friends that he had no other place to stay and even told his BF at the time that he was going to go for a walk after a date and would stay up all night at diners, fill journals with stories on residential stoops or go home with strangers for a place to stay.

Within a month, Adam celebrated his 21st birthday asking people to buy him food instead of shots and still maintained his homelessness as a secret. Eventually, he began asking for help from friends–seeing if he could stay on their couches etc. After losing many friendships and his relationship because of his uncomfortable lack-of-living situation, Adam slept on a friends couch, found a job and has been gainfully employed and sheltered ever since. Although Adam mostly blames his homelessness on being stubborn, impulsive and stupid about money, he can appreciate the utter terror of homelessness and how it feels to be treated like a second class citizen because of unfortunate events.

COMEDY   saved him.You’re funny, you should do stand-up,” a friend of a friend said to me at a bar. I thanked her. “No, really, I run the comedy night here,” she insisted.


Within a week, I delivered thirty minutes of stand-up material. For those who aren’t familiar with stand-up, a comedian usually goes a year before collecting thirty minutes of material. My process of rapid writing and delivery became a staple of my style—sometimes writing material the day of a show to make sure my material was quirky, confident and raw. That confidence came from jumping head first into comedy.

Wednesday, August 31st –
Adam will perform at Center on Halsted!

We Are Halsted
is presented and hosted by Adam Guerino with the support of Center on Halsted and the Lakeview Safety and Inclusion Coalition and features music by gender bending belter Vallerie Dolls (Night of 100 Drag Queens), Manny Capozzi and Kyle Greer (Fatally Cool), comedy by Latina lesbian stand-up comedienne Gwen La Roka (Zanies, Amigas Latinas) and dance by a Jerri Blank celebrity impersonator.


We Are Halsted was created for everyone as a sensational, fabulous and affordable variety show. With $5 tickets, volunteer performers, raffle tickets and inexpensive donated beverages, We Are Halsted is a grass-roots fundraiser and an way to support our community’s homeless youth.

There are more than 15,000 + homeless and unaccompanied youth living in Chicago, and according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, more than 20% identify as LGBTQ.  It may come as a surprise to many that with so many youth facing these challenges there are only 189 shelter beds specifically provided for youth across the entire city.


We Are Halsted is a one-time special event created to bring our community together, to raise awareness about the challenges LGBTQ homeless youth face and to help support organizations doing such good work.


Wednesday, August 31, 2011     7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Center on Halsted (Hoover-Leppen Theatre)

7pm – 8pm – We Are Halsted pre-party

The We Are Halsted pre-party will take place outside on the rooftop overlooking the city. The pre-party will feature inexpensive donated cocktails and beer and will provide a casual setting for socializing and networking before the start of the show. This portion of the evening is limited to those who are 21+ years of age. IDs are required and will be checked at the door.

PLEASE  COME OUT AND SUPPORT THIS CAUSE!

 Details  online

Adam Guerino.com

Cinema Q – Free LGBT Films On Wednesdays

  The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Queer Film Society, the Center on Halsted, and Chicago Filmmakers

presents Cinema Q,

a new film series celebrating outstanding LGBT movies made in Chicago.

The free screenings will take place on four Wednesdays: March 16, 23, 30, and April 6, 2011 in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater. All screenings will feature a discussion and Q&A following the film. Films contain mature subject matter. Viewer discretion advised.



Wednesday, March 16


Quearborn & Perversion (2007): Join filmmaker Ron Pajak for a screening and discussion of his documentary about the history of gay and lesbian culture in Chicago.



Wednesday, March 23


Go Fish (1994):  Rose Troche’s shot-in-Chicago lesbian romance has become an indie classic!  Also showing, never before seen outtakes from Fish Out of Water, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that explores the relationship between homosexuality and the Bible, with filmmaker Ky Dickens in person!



Wednesday, March 30


JoJo Baby (2010):  The Clive Barker executive produced documentary portrait of artist and Chicago nightclub legend JoJo Baby, with JoJo in person!  Also showing, Peter Neville’s music videos of local gender bending rock-n-roll group The Joans with Peter Neville in person!



Wednesday, April 6


Were the World Mine (2008):  The award winning gay musical reimagining of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” with local cast and crewmembers in person! Followed by a complimentary dessert reception in the G.A.R. Rotunda (courtesy of J & L Catering)

ALL  SHOWS  at  6:30        ALL SHOWS  ARE FREE
Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater   78  E.  Washington


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Isaiah Grass….Model and Singer in Chicago

You know the saying…
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover..

You may look at this young man and would never guess he has a powerful voice, but in fact he does!

Meet ISAIAH GRASS from Chicago.

Isaiah was recognized at a young age where he raised attention to a voice that carries with potential, soul, and purity in its sound. Since middle school he has performed at many different venues such as special events, celebrations,weddings to name a few… When Isaiah writes and composes his music, he is inspired and influenced by an array of genres which carries a deep respect for hip-pop, soul, R&B, rock and others.

Isaiah’s Single  “I’M A FREAK” was released in January with an immediate success with more than 100,000 hits in 3 weeks on his website and over 3,000 “likes” in the well-know Facebook website. The song is a mix of pop and dance.

 

The agents for Isaiah  released “Starting Over”  in February. This  song  is totally different  from his first single “I’m a Freak”. Think Levi Kreiss / Jay Brannan.

 

 

Over the years, Isaiah had explored into what most guys his age only dream of. He has captivated those from many facets of entertainment and revealed incredible potential to make his mark in not only music and modeling, but also as a positive influence and inspiration to those who follow.

 

“I was enrolled in a Performing Arts school where I could just sing and go crazy instead of sitting in a room reading about formulas, politics and the universe. I met several gifted students who opened my eyes to a higher level of training and competition, which made me realize that I wasn’t the only one with that type of dream. Luckily I was privileged to have teachers who believed in my talent and helped me with my goals of becoming a professional singer.

 

 

 

While I was trying to figure out the direction to take about my singing career, I was contacted by a modeling agency to attend one of their castings, which after some serious talking with my parents, I went.

Out of over 300 people at this casting I got selected.  For the first time, I learned what a contract was but it wasn’t for music instead for modeling. I had mixed feelings because I knew music was my main goal and passion so I juggled the thought in my head of which I really wanted to do…”

So here he is DOING BOTH!

ISAIAH GRASS….One to Watch in 2011!

 

Dan Savage and Terry Miller Read in Chicago March 23


Equality Illinois,
the State’s largest organization advocating for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) people, is pleased to partner with Unabridged Bookstore to bring Dan Savage and Terry Miller to Chicago to read, discuss, and sign their newest book, IT GETS BETTER, based on the immensely popular web video series.

Come see why millions of people have taken to this positive and touching message for LGBT youth.

This event is free and open to the public.


Dan Savage and Terry Miller Read, Discuss, and Sign IT GETS BETTER
Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00pm
Nettelhorst Elementary School    3252 N Broadway     Chicago, IL 60657


Equality Illinois was founded to secure, protect and defend the civil rights of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender Illinoisans. It is one of the Midwest’s largest gay civil rights organizations.

BestGayChicago.com

William Greaves Birthday Party January 24 to Benefit About Face Youth Theatre

In 1995, Bill Greaves was invited to join what is now the Chicago Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.
 
In 2000 he was asked to be the Council’s Director, and he has served in that capacity since.

Bill is well known and respected throughout the city of Chicago!  On Monday, January 24th, join Bill and Friends as he celebrates his 60th BIRTHDAY! with a benefit at Mini Bar and Lounge.
3341 N. Halsted. from 6 – 8pm.

DJ Lori Branch, DAAN, and DoubleDJ will rock the night! Check them out on Facebook!

A $10 cover charge will benefit About Face Youth Theatre. With your admission, enjoy an open bar, hosted by Ultimat Vodka, and appetizers. A lovely gift basket of Ultimat goodies will be raffled off as well.


Best Gay Chicago.com

Chicago LGBT Youth Homeless – FREE Movie TONIGHT

This evening, MONDAY,
January 10th   at 7:00 P.M.,
join Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the DePaul A.V. Club for our screening of “Turning the Corner,” an eye-opening documentary about homelessness in Chicago.

The A.V. Club will provide FREE FOOD (but we encourage you to bring some to share as well) and will be lucky enough after the presentation to hear from two inspiring women who survived homelessness and the sex trade in Chicago.

We will also be joined by members of the Video Action League, who will briefly present an exciting project they are working on “Facing Up to Queer Youth Homelessness.” Interested in getting involved? Look them up at Facebook at: http://on.fb.me/hKgCvf

The screening will take place in Room 220 of the Student Center, which is also known as the glass room inside the cafeteria. Admission is free and open to non-students, faculty and whomever would like to join us.

So, spread the word, bring friends, bring your student group and prepare to get inspired.

2250 N. Sheffield, Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 220
(the glass room inside the cafeteria)     7-9pm



Best Gay Chicago.com

Lesbian Comic Rebecca Drysdale sings It Gets Better

TIME magazine 
calls her a  comedy innovator

Variety says she
is  one of ten comics to watch !

You may have seen comedy maker Rebecca Drysdale  on HBO, MTV, or LOGO.

She also spent a great deal of time in Chicago. She moved here from NYC,  with her best buddy and writing partner Jordan Peele. The two of them became the sketch comedy duo Two White Guys and were soon shipped off to perform with BOOM Chicago, an American style comedy theatre in Amsterdam.

After losing her mind for a year, Rebecca returned to Chicago to tour with the Second City National Touring Company. Then she quit to go back to her summer camp Buck’s Rock. When she returned she was hired on a resident stage at The Second City in Chicago. After performing in two reviews on the ETC stage at The Second City,

Now the out and proud Lesbian is making a contribution to the “It Gets Better” project with a hilarious  music video for lgbtq kids everywhere!

It’s got a good beat and you can even dance to it!

Watch Rebecca Drysdales Awesome video today !  And spread the word!


Best Gay Chicago.com

Q The Series – LGBT Comedy and Queer Life

“Q” is a comedic miniseries, which is to be aired online, about a queer group of friends in college and the antics they get into. 

It’s a comedy about queer life on campus that addresses a wide range of topics in the LGBT community and how our generation deals with them — the main characters include trans, bisexual, pansexual, and homosexual guys and girls.

Being a comedy, the show focuses on the positive aspects of living in a community and generation that’s closer to accepting queer lifestyles, but also addresses the natural tensions that can arise.

Currently, it is still in production (for an online release and advanced screening next spring), but they are  trying to get awareness out now and already have a trailer for the series up online. 


The show is produced completely by students in the city, mostly from Columbia University, and is a non-profit endeavor. Funding has been generously provided by the Gatsby Foundation (providing many on-campus arts grants), and equipment has been donated by Columbia University Film Productions (an undergraduate film club). The remaining funding will hopefully be raised through our Kickstarter account.

It’s the aim of the cast and crew to spread awareness of the different lifestyles that exist in our generation — we really want to show the fun side of being a young adult in this new cultural era. Our production team is working to make the best show out of everything we’ve got.

The show will be shooting over the month of January, and is planned for release over the months of March and April. The first few episodes of the show will be screened to our supporters and crew in New York City before the release of the series.

Check out Q The Series !    Also join them on Facebook!


Best Gay New York

Nathan Manske and I’m From Driftwood Arrive in Chicago

He’s HERE!   Nathan Manske has arrived in Chicago!

Nathan Manske is the creator and editor of the gay, true-stories and very popular blog I’m From Driftwood  . He is indeed from Driftwood, Texas, but has lived in Brooklyn, New York since 2003.

LGBT people have been submitting their stories online to Nathan for a couple years now. This year, he decided to go on the road, collecting more video stories, for a documentary. Chicago is on his stops this week, then off to Michigan!

Produced under his newly founded company, Crush Deviant Media, Marquise Lee serves as director and editor of the I’m From Driftwood original Video Stories.

MONDAY  November 22, they will be at the Center on Halsted from 5 – 6:30pm.

TUESDAY, November 23rd, they will be at Roscoes at 11pm hosting a little fundraiser to raise additional funds for the documentary.

Come out and show them some love!

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Holiday Art Sale

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Campus Life and Student Association proudly hosts the annual Holiday Art Sale on Friday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the MacLean Center Ballroom (112 S. Michigan Avenue).

The immense talent and creativity of more than 120 SAIC students is on display at this unique sale, which offers exquisite one-of-a-kind gifts such as photographs, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, prints and drawings, jewelry, fashion accessories and handmade paper designs.

Prices of works for sale range from $1 to $1,000+. Participating students receive 85% of their total sales; the remaining 15% goes to the SAIC Student Association to support the Art Sale and to fund future projects and educational programs.

SAIC Holiday Art Sale admission is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please call (312) 629-6880 or visit SAIC . SAIC’s New Artist Society also hosts a special Holiday Art Sale Preview Party Thursday, Nov. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $35/person or $60/couple.

For more information about the New Artist Society Preview Party or to purchase tickets, call (312) 899-5158.

It Gets Better Project – Filming in Chicago Sunday October 3

15 minutes of your time
could make a lifetime of difference!

Dan Savage  and his husband Terry, frustrated and horrified over the growing epidemic of gay teens who have attempted or committed suicide to escape brutal bullying at school and home, have created a brilliant way to reach out and give hope to gay kids.

The It Gets Better Project is a library of YouTube videos featuring happy, proud gay adults talking about how the bullying will eventually end and life eventually gets better.

You can see the clips he’s collected so far here:
It Gets Better Project

The library is growing every day. But Dan has asked for more clips—particularly clips of couples and families ready to share the joy of their lives as gay adults—so we are working with the Center on Halsted to host a free six-hour videotaping marathon. And  YOU can  participate!

TIME: 15-minute sessions between 1:00 and 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted
ROOM: Polk Brothers Foundation Youth Space, Second Floor

Dan  Savage will be on hand to meet you and
help you feel comfortable in front of the camera.

Here’s all you have to do:
1. FORWARD THIS INVITATION to all your Chicago-area adult gay friends.

2. EMAIL   JAKESTIGERS  @   GMAIL.COM to schedule your 15-minute shoot. Please include your name, phone number and a range of times you’re available, and we’ll do our best to fit everyone in.

3. BRING A PHOTO OF YOU AS A KID if you want. We’ll scan it while you have your shoot and give it back to you.

That’s it! We’ll edit your video, add your photo and submit it to Dan to post on the It Gets Better Project page.

Thanks in advance for your participation. See you Sunday!

Local Facebook Page for the event .

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Gay Chicago Youths Need Host Homes with UCAN

An innovative approach to moving Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth beyond life on the streets

A statewide study conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago Survey Research Laboratory found there were 24,968 unaccompanied homeless youth up to age 21 in Illinois in 2004.

On any given night within Cook County alone there are nearly 2,000 homeless youth with nowhere safe to sleep at night.  

A recent study from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force stated that as many as 20-42% of these youth on our streets self-identify as LGBTQ. 

Let’s get right to the bottom line.
Chicago has 193 emergency and long term shelter spaces for youth. With shelter space limited and long waiting lists many homeless LGBTQ youth in Chicago will remain on the streets and out of care.

The truth is, emergency and long term shelters aren’t enough.
This is a situation that will take everyone working together to solve. 

There is a way you can help –
become a part of the LGBTQ Host Home Program.

UCANs LGBTQ Host Home Program  is an innovative housing model that provides an alternative to the shelter system for LGBTQ homeless youth. We rely on our Host Home Volunteers to step forward and open their home for a period of time to a youth ages 17 – 21. Both the youth and the adult volunteer go through a rigorous screening and training process facilitated and supported by trained social work professionals. The provision of safe housing in conjunction with on-going supportive services for the youth and volunteers will create the safety and stability necessary for the youth to focus on pursuing educational and vocational opportunities.

Help TRANSFORM the life of an LGBTQ Youth.

4 homes have been trained but MORE are needed
If you have an extra bedroom, please reach out to UCAN and help.
 

To learn more about becoming a part of the LGBTQ Host Home Program please contact Bonnie Wade,
 Associate Director at (312) 738-5966 or    wadeb @ ucanchicago.org. 
Para comunicarse con alguien en Español, favor de llamar a Francisco Monzon al numero 708-201-3028. 

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Author Dan Savage in Chicago fo ICAH June 15th

Dan  Savage
 is a  somewhat controversial  American author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor. Savage writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love. Its tone is frank in its discussion of sexuality, often humorous, and hostile to social conservatives, as in the Santorum controversy.

Savage, who is gay, has often been the subject of controversy regarding some of his opinions that pointedly clash with both those of traditional conservatives and those put forth by what Savage has been known to call the “gay establishment”.

On Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at the Chicago Cultural Center, ICAH  will host  their 5th annual event Let’s Talk about Sex.   Dan Savage will be honored. 

 There will also be a  presentation from  About Face Theater’s production of Fast Forward.

You won’t want to miss this great event!

“This year the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) has many reasons to celebrate. We have grown tremendously and touched the lives of thousands of young people. Your support is invaluable to our continued success and growth.”

Ticket Prices:
$150 Full program + VIP reception (5:00-6:00 pm)
$100 Full Program

When … Tuesday, June 15, 2010       5 PM – 9 PM
 
Where …. CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER    78 E. Washington,  G.A.R Hall

REGISTER  ONLINE  FOR THIS  AWESOME  EVENT !

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Author Dan Savage in Chicago fo ICAH June 15th

Dan  Savage
 is a  somewhat controversial  American author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor. Savage writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love. Its tone is frank in its discussion of sexuality, often humorous, and hostile to social conservatives, as in the Santorum controversy.

Savage, who is gay, has often been the subject of controversy regarding some of his opinions that pointedly clash with both those of traditional conservatives and those put forth by what Savage has been known to call the “gay establishment”.

On Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at the Chicago Cultural Center, ICAH  will host  their 5th annual event Let’s Talk about Sex.   Dan Savage will be honored. 

 There will also be a  presentation from  About Face Theater’s production of Fast Forward.

You won’t want to miss this great event!

“This year the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) has many reasons to celebrate. We have grown tremendously and touched the lives of thousands of young people. Your support is invaluable to our continued success and growth.”

Ticket Prices:
$150 Full program + VIP reception (5:00-6:00 pm)
$100 Full Program

When … Tuesday, June 15, 2010       5 PM – 9 PM
 
Where …. CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER    78 E. Washington,  G.A.R Hall

REGISTER  ONLINE  FOR THIS  AWESOME  EVENT !

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Gay Men Fight in Chicago’s Public Aid Office – Then Vogue

FIERCENESS IS
ALWAYS WELCOME!


Where am I? New York City?

No darling, you are in Chicago at the Welfare Office. A brawl broke out downtown and ended with a fierce attempt at Vouging!

Security guards were helpless to stop them.

Shocked onlookers began clearing the way as the two wielded chairs as weapons and used the floor space like a boxing ring as they engaged in a nearly minute-long battle.


But horrified gasps turned into bursts of laughter when the apparent winner of the fight began voguing to celebrate his victory. He even danced his way out of the building and blew kisses to the onlookers!


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Gay Men Fight in Chicago’s Public Aid Office – Then Vogue

FIERCENESS IS
ALWAYS WELCOME!


Where am I? New York City?

No darling, you are in Chicago at the Welfare Office. A brawl broke out downtown and ended with a fierce attempt at Vouging!

Security guards were helpless to stop them.

Shocked onlookers began clearing the way as the two wielded chairs as weapons and used the floor space like a boxing ring as they engaged in a nearly minute-long battle.


But horrified gasps turned into bursts of laughter when the apparent winner of the fight began voguing to celebrate his victory. He even danced his way out of the building and blew kisses to the onlookers!


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Gay Queer Chicago’s Alternative Scene Chances Dances and Guerrilla Gay Bar

The Boystown scene is pretty big,
and so is Andersonville.

But there are those who are always seeking something different. Something downtown. Something off the beaten path, something fresh and sexy…..and Chicago offers 2  alternative choices;  CHANCES  DANCES  and  GUERRILLA GAY BAR.

Chances Dances are 3 seperate party nights.

The original incarnation is held every third Monday at Subterranean,
2011 W. North  Ave. Free Dance party.

Danny’s Tavern hosts “Off Chances” each second Tuesday, 1951 W. Dickens. More  laid back, dive-style, dance optional. Free.

The Hideout gays it up every first Saturday, 1354 W. Wabansia. $5 Dance party.

The venues all have one thing in common: Though they are not gay bars, they are all gay-friendly venues, with drinks available on the cheap and a pretension check located just outside the door.

Chances Dances was co-founded in 2004 by Bruce Weist (pictured above, middle) and Latham Zearfross, artists who foresaw a party that would, in the words of the event’s mission, “function to bring together the varied LGBTIQ communities of Chicago.”

“Chances was a really inclusive space where a lot of different people could come together and dance to different kinds of music.  We have a more relaxed and less flashy way of approaching a dance party, whereas at bigger clubs, people feel the need to dress up, spend lots of money and it’s a kind of competitive atmosphere.”

Going into their fifth year, Chance Dances continues to grow.  When the  parties began to generate a profit, the organizers created the Critical Fierceness Grant in 2008, a twice-yearly micro-grant awarded to queer-identified artists as an “opportunity for personal exploration, community development and radical change through art.”

“We saw a lot of people around us creating queer art and we wanted to give these artists an impetus to move their projects along,” said Rita Bacon, another Chances organizer, of the grant.

The next Chances party is at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, on Saturday March 6, featuring DJ sets from John Twatters and Nina Ramone and an interactive performance from Anthony Romero. $5  cover. GET THERE  EARLY!  IT FILLS TO CAPACITY!




Another group of gays in Chicago’s South Loop wanted an alternative to heading North to Boystown. Since there are virtually no gay bars left downtown they started  the roving monthly Guerrilla Gay Bar parties a little over 1 year ago.
 
Guerrilla Gay Bar: South Loop Chicago is a group dedicated to bring a fun bar atmosphere to the South Loop area of Chicago. Beyond this the goals are open to  members and they expect them to be edited, like a wiki.

The Guerrilla Gay Bar concept has been around for about 10 years, in cities all over the US. In Chicago, a different location is chosen each month. It’s always in a straight, but gay-friendly establishment.

Events are announced about a week out. They don’t want to overwhelm an establishment or be met with an anti-gay slap in the face. “and we don’t want to promote it too heavily…”  says  Scott Feldman, one of the organizers. “part of the charm is mixing in the regular crowd and exposing people who normally wouldn’t be exposed to our community.” If it’s promoted too much in advance, regulars  might stay away.


Their next event –
 GGB @  Franklin Tap


9:00PM Friday, March 12th, 325 South Franklin Street

Events happen the second weekend of each month.
Follow them on Facebook for more details and upcoming events!


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