Queer Ministries of Lincoln United Methodist Church (LUMC) is hosting the 1st Annual Lesbian Singles Event Over 45 on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.Lincoln United Methodist Church Community Center located a 2242 S. Damen Ave in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
The Queer Ministries of LUMC are led by lay leaders Sofia G. Sarabia and Alicia Vega. Sarabia and Vega have been together for over 13 years and married for 8 years. They have led several queer ministry programs for adults, youth and the Spanish speaking community for over 10 years. This event holds significance to them because they feel blessed to have found love and want to create community spaces for other older lesbians to safely and authentically find love. Vega states, "In Chicago, there are close to no spaces for older lesbians to come together in community to find a partner, especially on the south and west sides of Chicago. We want to create that space."
The event is packed with fun and engaging ways to get to know and meet future love.
6 p.m. - Doors open with Dinner by Mixquic Cocina and some fun ways to help people share what they are looking for in their love mate.
7 p.m. - Live entertainment with Emcee Sandra Valls, a comic, actor, singer, writer, and badass. Her unique mix of physical comedy and brilliant storytelling makes it easy to see why the Los Angeles Times calls Sandra "Talented and Hilarious"! Curve Magazine named her One of the Most Influential Queer Women in the Country and One of the Top 10 Funniest Lesbian Comics.
Live performances by
Drag King - ANDRÉS DEL LOS SANTOS. With an initial start in March 2000 with Chicago King Troupe, he has performed for many audiences here and there. But he is thrilled to be returning to the live stage just to show YOU some love!
Spoke Word Artist Martha Cantegena - A native of Puerto Rico, migrated to Chicagoland area with family during childhood; a Spanglish child raised within borders. Describes herself as a "proud and out Lipstick Dyke with an insatiable passion for life, poetry, music, drumming, and women." Determined to dismantle the silences thru Spoken Word, "poetry and writing have become my outlet, my tool for re-birth."
8 p.m. - Speed Dating CUPID!!!
9 p.m.- Dancing Matches so you can "try out your dance moves" with potential love matches, all to the spins of DJ Gloria.
10 p.m. - Event ends but wait....there is more! Get the secret code and location for the after-party.
This event is hosted by Queer Ministries of LUMC. Event is free with a suggested donation of $20 to support the queer ministries.
The event will take place on the first floor with hard surface flooring. There is a step to the front entrance but a portable ramp is available for access. Additional access needs can be requested by email to email@example.com
This event is intended for single lesbians over 45 looking for love. Queer couples who want to volunteer for the event please contact Alicia Vega at firstname.lastname@example.org
Masks are not required but are recommended.
Image Description: Background of hearts. DJ Gloria spinning music. Emcee Sandra Valls with shirt that says Equality. Drag King Andres De Los Santos headshot with goatee. Spoken World Artist Martha Cantegena with brim hat and lingerie.
Lincoln United Methodist Church (LUMC) stands fully behind the statement open hearts, open minds, and open doors. We are a congregation that lives out the Gospel's teachings of grace, love, and justice while embracing ALL of God's children. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and worthy of God's love and grace. We welcome the full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of our church and celebrate the diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, national or ethnic origin, citizenship or immigration status, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability, education, and any other difference, real or perceived. We proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion and discrimination in the church or in society and know that everyone's participation in our ministries enriches us.