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Thursday 26 May 2016

Welcome to Our House

It's that time of year again! Memorial Day weekend when thousands of people — leathermen, bears, adult stars and admirers —  flock to Chicago for the trifecta of events: International Mr. Leather, the Grabby Awards and Bear Pride. 

ChicagoPride.com's coverage of this insanely busy holiday weekend begins with our top 10 picks for the hottest - and craziest - parties happening this weekend. We’ve also rounded up a complete list of weekend events

Photographer Anthony Meade interviews DJ Seth Breezy (Atlanta), who is bringing his tenacious beats and heavy drops to "Grunt", Manhole’s IML opening party on Friday.

Our friends at Grab Magazine (the producers of the Grabby Awards) share this interview with Brazilian adult star, underwear model and self-described fitness freak Diego San, who will co-host the annual awards show with ChiChi LaRue and Honey West on Saturday.

Anthony Morgano previews Neverland’s ‘Animal Farm’ party happening this Friday. (Puppies and piggies and leather, oh my!) And, Ross Forman profiles up-and-coming DJ Alex Cabot, who is bringing a Latin flare to IML’s Black & Blue Ball on Monday. 

So this Memorial Day weekend, we welcome you to Our House and invite you to GO ALL OUT!

ChicagoPride.com--always on the scene, on the go and on Twitter

(Image: IML Victory Party 2015 at the House of Blues, photo by Anthony Meade)
 
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Thursday 31 Mar 2016

Transgender Visibility Day

Today, March 31, is International Transgender Visibility Day, a day on which the accomplishments of transgender people in society is celebrated.

The day is also meant to raise awareness of the many barriers the transgender community faces daily in their pursuit to live authentically. Transgender individuals struggle to obtain documentation that reflects their authentic gender identity, which can lead to discrimination, harassment and embarrassment.

Recently in Illinois, lawmakers have proposed a bill that would correct the gender marker on a birth certificate. HB 6073, which updates current state law to fit current medical standards of care, recently advanced to the House Human Services committee. 

"The great thing about seeing this piece of legislation near passage at the same time that we can mark Trans Day of Visibility is that it reminds us that trans people can count on the support of friends and allies to get the same deal, that our country's promise to recognize to all equally really does belong to all of us," said Chicago House trustee Christina Kahrl. "We know that getting people turned around on public policy to help trans Americans enjoy the same basic freedoms we should all be able to take for granted is a hard mission, but thanks to trans-supportive public leaders, we can be grateful that we might finally make it easy for folks born in Illinois to have final say in their own lives about who they are."

Learn more about Chicago House's TransLife Center

Learn more about International Transgender Visibility Day
Saturday 5 Dec 2015

Amy and Freddy plus Leslie Jordan

It's a holiday show not to be missed! Music and comedy legends, Amy & Freddy, are celebrating 20 years together in show business with Emmy Award winning funny man Leslie Jordan!

How the Diva Stole Christmas at Hydrate Nightclub will showcase Freddy’s incredible musicianship, Amy’s amazing voice and Leslie’s hilarious stand up.

Three shows:

Friday, Dec. 11: Doors open at 6 pm, show at 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12: Doors open at 6 pm, show at 7:30 pm

Sunday, Dec. 13: Hydrate opens at 2 pm for Sunday Funday, show at 7:30 pm

Tickets for all three shows are available online.

General admission is $30, VIP seating in the first three rows is $45. 
Thursday 23 Apr 2015

AFC's 30th Year Gala, May 16

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) will commemorate three decades as a leader in the fight against HIV. 

Our 30th Year Gala will be a rallying point for our most dedicated supporters to stand with AFC in this unprecedented moment in history. Recent medical breakthroughs and shifts in the health care landscape have put AFC in its strongest position ever to prevent new infections and better support people living with HIV and AIDS.

AFC's 30th Year Gala

Saturday, May 16

Hilton Chicago – International Ballroom

6:00 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m. Dinner and program

Buy Tickets

The evening will include:

A program led by Amy Landecker, who stars in the 2015 Golden Globe-winning TV series Transparent

A vacation auction and raffle

Dinner

Dancing to music by DJ Kiss

Live Auction includes luxurious vacations to Hawaii and Las Vegas

Raffle includes vacations to Aruba and NYC

A punch board full of prizes from Chicago restaurants, theaters, spas and more.

ChicagoPride.com is a proud media sponsor!

Saturday 18 Apr 2015

The Big Package, April 18

The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus' (CGMC) Annual Fundraiser, The Big Package Auction, is taking place this Saturday, April 18 at Sidetrack, 3349 N Halsted, from 5 - 8 p.m. with a special VIP reception from 4 - 5 p.m. The event will be hosted by the legendary Lady Bunny

Get your tickets now! VIP $100 and General Admission $40 ($50 after April 13). 

VIP Tickets include a pre-show Meet and Greet and photo opportunity with Lady Bunny, a preview of the Silent Auction, one-hour of open bar, Garrett’s Popcorn Bar, catered food from the delicious Shaw’s Crab House, a swag bag, and early admission to the Live Auction area before General Admission. Plus all the benefits provided the General Admission patrons.

General Admission tickets include two drink tickets, catering from Bar Pastoral, Petterino’s Restaurant, and Revival Social Club, and access to both our Live and Silent Auctions!

Get your tickets online, at Cram Fashion, or at the door.

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