JUNE 17- READING - "Methtacular!" play written by and starring Steven Strafford; directed by Adam Fitzgerald at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron in Chicago. 7:30 PM. Tickets: $15. Part of About Face Theatre's Pride Performance Series. www.aboutfacetheatre.com .
JUNE 17- TELEVISION SHOW - Independent Lens "The New Black" 10 PM on 11.1 WTTW HD. This is a documentary about how the African American community is dealing with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. ( Repeated at 10 PM on June 21 on 11.2 WTTW Prim). This is one of several LGBT-related shows on WTTW HD and WTTW Prime during June Pride Month. www.wttw.com .
JUNE 17- WORKSHOP - "Too Young To RetireNow What"- if you are recently retired or thinking about retiring, this workshop will help you sort out what you want to do next: new career, part-time work, volunteering, travel or something else. Facilitated by Judith Lansky of Lansky Career Consultants at 115 S. LaSalle St. #2600 in Chicago. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Reservations required-no cost. www.lanskycareerconsultants.com . email@example.com . 312-494-0022.
JUNE 18- TELEVISION SHOW - Ameican Masters "Billie Jean King" 8 PM on 11.1 WTTW HD. The story of athlete and activist Billie Jean King. This is one of several LGBT-related shows on WTTW HD and WTTW Prime during June Pride Month. www.wttw.com .
JUNE 18- TELEVISION SHOW - Independent Lens "God Loves Uganda" 9:30 PM on 11.1 WTTW HD. The show explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda." .where American missionaries have been credited with creating schools and hospitals. But they have also been blamed for promoting dangerous religious bigotry, including their interpretation of the Bible that includes teachings about homosexuality that becomes part of a culture of intolerance and hatred toward Uganda's LGBT communities. This is one of several LGBT-related shows on WTTW HD and WTTW Prime during June Pride Month. www.wttw.com .
JUNE 19- BOOK DISCUSSION - "June BTQ Book Discussion Group" during Pride Month by Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St. in Chicago. 7 PM to 9 PM. Book: "The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursala K. Le Guin. www.gerberhart.org . firstname.lastname@example.org . 773-381-8030.
JUNE 19- COMEDY SHOW- "The Women of GayCo at Stage 773 for the 4th Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival at 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. 9 PM. Tickets:$15. "The females of GayCo Productions, Chicago's premier LGBT sketch comedy company, perform some of their best-of lady sketches. www.chicagowomensfunnyfestival.com . or www.gayco.com .
JUNE 19- SHOW - "Drag Queens" by Uptown Underground and Muffy Fishbasket at 4707 N. Broadway in Chicago. Seating: 8 PM. Show: 8:30 PM. Cost: $20. www.uptownunderground.net email@example.com 773-867-1946.
JUNE 19- SUMMIT- "The Reunion Project"- An all day summit for long-term survivors of HIV AIDS hosted by TPAN and Positively Aware magazine. Location: Hoover-Leppen Theater at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted in Chicago. 9 AM to 4 PM. Free event but space is limited, RSVP by Friday June 12 at: www.tpan.com .
JUNE 19- TELEVISION SHOW - "Facing Fear" 10 PM on 11.1 WTTW HD. This documentary follows the unlikely reconciliation between a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay man he brutally assaulted. Twenty five years after the white supremacist beat the homeless teenager nearly to death, the two men met by chance and began a journey toward forgiveness and understanding. (Repeated June 25 at 10 PM.) This is one of several LGBT-related shows on WTTW HD and WTTW Prime during June Pride Month. www.wttw.com .
JUNE 20- CHICAGO PRIDE FEST - a street festival with vendors and entertainers by the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA). (Two day fest continues on June 21). More information TBA (to be announced). www.northalsted.com .
JUNE 20- CHORAL CONCERT - "When You Believe" by Windy City Gay Chorus & Windy City Treble Quire at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster in Chicago. 5 PM and 8 PM. Tickets: Advance: $30 reserved seating; $18 general admission. At the door: $20 general admission; $15 seniors 65 and over; Students with ID or children 5 or under. www.windycitysings.org .
JUNE 20- CONCERT & '80's DANCE PARTY - during Pride Month starring the Village People at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Doors open: 8 PM. Tickets at: www.ticketfly.com . or www.portagetheater.com . 773-283-7244.
JUNE 20- FAMILY BEACH PARTY- co-sponsored by the Center On Halsted, Gay Fathers of Greater Chicago, Howard Brown Health Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at Kathy Osterman Beach, 5800 N. Lake Shore Drive. 1 PM to 3 PM. "Join us for a relaxing Pride social filled with community, food, fun and giveaways !" For more information contact: Lynnea Karlic at LKarlic@centeronhalsted.org . or 773-472-6469 ext. 459.
JUNE 20- STORYTELLING SHOW - "You're Being Ridiculous" presents Pride. "A very special LGBTQ Pride edition of YBR at Women and Children First Books, 5233 N. Clark St. in Chicago. 7 PM to 9 PM. Admission: $7 -$10 (sliding scale) includes a delicious spread of Mediterranean food. (BYOB). Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org .
JUNE 20- TELEVISION SHOW - "Dave Geffen: American Masters" 10 PM on 11.1 WTTW HD. Geffen is an agent, manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer and billionaire philanthropist who helped shape American pop culture for the past four decades. He donated to numerous LGBT organizations and causes. This is one of several LGBT-related shows on WTTW HD and WTTW Prime during June Pride Month. www.wttw.com .
JUNE 21- CELEBRATION - "5th Anniversary Pride Sunday Celebration" at Northbrook United Methodist Church, 190 Western Ave., Northbrook, IL. 10:00 AM. www.northbrookumc.org .
JUNE 21-CHICAGO PRIDE FEST - a street festival with vendors and entertainers by the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA). (Second day of a two day fest). More information TBA (to be announced). www.northalsted.com .
JUNE 21- TELEVISION SHOW - "Vicious: Season 1 marathon begins at 11 AM on 11.2 WTTW Prime. This comedy series tells the story of two gay men who have been a couple for nearly 50 years. Based in London, the series deals with their ups and downs (including their co-dependent fighting), but underneath they have a deep love for one another. This is one of several LGBT-related shows on WTTW HD and WTTW Prime during June Pride Month. www.wttw.com .
JUNE 21- TELEVISION SHOW - Independent Lens "The New Black" 10 PM on 11.2 WTTW Prime. This is a documentary about how the African American community is dealing with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. This is one of several LGBT-related shows on WTTW HD and WTTW Prime during June Pride Month. www.wttw.com .
JUNE 22- CABARET - "Gay Today-A Pride Cabaret"-by the stars of Pride Films And Plays who sing songs of modern romance and self-discovery. Arrangements and music direction by Robert Ollis. Doors open 6:30 PM. Show starts: 7 PM. General admission: $15 (VIP tickets $25 & include reserved cabaret seating; Two-some tickets: $45 & include admission for two w/reserved seats). Location: Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com ./event/1409967 or 1-800-838-3006. www.pridefilmsandplays.com .
JUNE 22- TELEVISION SHOW - POV "Out in the Night" 10 PM on 11.1 WTTW HD. This show deals with an incident in 2009 in a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City wherein a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The tabloids quickly dubbed them a gang of "Killer Lesbians" and a "Wolf Pack." Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four maintained their innocence. This feature examines the sensational case and the women's uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system. his is one of several LGBT-friendly shows on WTTW HD and WTTW Prime during June Pride Month. www.wttw.com .
JUNE 24- AWARDS CEREMONY - "30 Under 30 Awards"- 16th Annual event by Windy City Media Group, co-sponsored with AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago House and the Center on Halsted at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted in Chicago. 5:30 PM. The awards honor 30 outstanding young (under 30 years old) LGBT individuals and Allies. www.windycitymediagroup.com . 773-871-7609.
JUNE 25- PRIDE PARTY - "12th Annual Back Lot Bash." women's festival ( continues on June 26, 27, and 28). More information TBA (to be announced). www.backlotbashchicago.com . email@example.com .
JUNE 25- RACE & PARTY - "a Lakefront night 5K (+1) run/walk and post- party" second annual event by Star Events at Fullerton and Cannon Drive in Chicago. Benefit for Center on Halsted Senior Housing Center. Registration: 6 PM; Start: 7:00 PM. ( party immediately following race near Diversey Harbor until 10 PM). www.iloveruns.com ./pride-5k.
JUNE 25- RECEPTION & PERFORMANCE - Pride Night at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. in Chicago. Reception: 6 PM to 7 PM features specialty cocktails, food, Goodman artists and a fortune teller, in the Polk Rehearsal Room. Performance: 7:30 PM of the hilarious Tony Award- winning Broadway hit, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike ! "The play is about an aging Hollywood actress and her hunky new boy toy !" Tickets: $49 & information at: www.GoodmanTheatre.org ./Pride
JUNE 25- TELEVISION SHOW - "Out & Proud in Chicago" 8 PM on 11.1 WTTW HD. Encore presentation of the critically acclaimed show featuring historical coverage of LGBTs in Chicago. Narrated by actress and Chicago native Jane Lynch. This is one of several LGBT-related shows on WTTW HD and WTTW Prime during June pride Month. www.wttw.com .
JUNE 25- TELEVISION SHOW - "Schoolboy to Showgirl: The Alexandra Billings Story" 10:30 PM on 11.1 WTTW HD. The life of the former Chicagoan who is an educator, actress and activist. This is one of sveral LGBT- related shows on WTTW HD and WTTW Prime during June Pride Month. www.wttw.com .
JUNE 25- TOURNAMENT - "Pride Classic Ice Hockey Tournament" by Chicago Gay Hockey Association at 3843 N. California (Chicago Park District's McFetridge Sports Center) in Chicago. (continues through June 28 with social events, etc.) www.chicagogayhockey.org . firstname.lastname@example.org .
JUNE 26- BBQ & BEACH SERVICE - " LGBTQ Jewish Pride BBQ & Beach Service" by Congregation Or Chadash, 5959 N. Sheridan Rd,. in Chicago. 6 PM. Free. www.orchadash.org . email@example.com . 773-870-5921.
JUNE 26- PLAY - "Bent" the play by Martin Sherman presented by The Other Theatre Company at Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway in Chicago. Preview tonight at 8 PM (and June 27 at 12 noon & 8 PM). Nazi persecution of queer-identified people in 1930's Berlin as two lovers are thrown into a concentration camp. Information: www.theothertheatrecompany.com . firstname.lastname@example.org .
JUNE 26- PRIDE PARTY - "12th Annual Back Lot Bash" women's festival (continues on June 27 and 28). More information TBA (to be announced). www.backlotbashchicago.com . email@example.com .
JUNE 26- RECEPTION - "Pride & Joy Reception"- by Center on Halsted/Friends of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame at Center on Halsted, Richard M. Daley Rooftop Terrace, 3656 N. Halsted in Chicago. 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Tickets: $20 (includes 3 drinks, light hors d'oeuvres, dancing) available at the door or from members of the Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. www.glhalloffame.org . firstname.lastname@example.org . 773-281-5095.
JUNE 26- WORKSHOP -"Truthful Touch Cuddle Party"- Location upon registration (Chicago north side). 7 PM to 11 PM. $30 per person. www.cuddleparty.com . or www.truthfultouch.com . email@example.com . 773-320-7571.
JUNE 27- BABY & FAMILY DAY- 3rd annual at the Back Lot Bash, 5238 N. Clark St. in Chicago (behind Cheetah Gym). 11 AM to 2 PM, $5 per person: Kids under 2 years old free.
Event includes a kids stage and special performances, also "Andersonville Puppet Bike, craft corner, face painting, family photos, food & more." www.backlotbashchicago.com ./familyday
JUNE 27- BBQ & DANCE PARTY- "Sober and Proud" at Bonaventure House, 825 W. Wellington in Chicago. Celebrate Pride with a sober dance party. Free HIV testing, talent show, karaoke, music. Suggested donation: $10. 6 PM to 11 PM. www.facebook.com ./bonaventurehouse
JUNE 27- CHICAGO DYKE MARCH - For more information: www.facebook.com ./dykemarchchicago firstname.lastname@example.org .
JUNE 27- LITURGY - "Annual Pride Liturgy" by Dignity/Chicago at Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway in Chicago. 5 PM. All are welcome. www.dignity-chicago.org .
JUNE 27- PLAY - "Bent" the play by Martin Sherman (Preview at 12 Noon and 8 PM) see June 26 listing for more information. www.theothertheatrecompany.com .
JUNE 27- PRIDE PARTY - "12th Annual Back Lot Bash" women's festival (continues on June 28). More information TBA (to be announced). www.backlotbashchicago.com . email@example.com .
JUNE 27- PRIDE WORSHIP SERVICE - "Welcoming You Home" celebrates 15th Anniversary of Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches at Lakeview Presbyterian Chuch, 716 W. Addison in Chicago. 6 PM. Offering and dessert reception/raffle benefit Cafe Pride (a safe social place for LGBTQA youth from all over Chicagoland on Friday nights from 8 PM to Midnight.) www.chicagowelcomingchurches.org . firstname.lastname@example.org .
JUNE 27- WALK & RUN - "Proud To Run"- 34th annual event includes a 10K run & 5K run/walk presented in association with Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago (the area's LGBTQI&A running and walking club.) Location: just north of Montrose Harbor in Chicago. Benefit for Affinity Community Services, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, and Chicago House. The races are a Chicago Area Runners Association and USA Track and Field certified event. An awards ceremony follows the runs. For times, fees, etc.: www.proudtorun.org .
JUNE 28- BLACK PRIDE - various events scheduled this coming week for the LGBTQQIA Black Pride celebration. www.windycityblackpride.info
JUNE 28- PRIDE FESTIVAL - "Pride North"- celebrating pride on the North side. Details:TBA. Location: Glenwood Avenue between Lunt and Farwell in the Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago.
JUNE 28- PRIDE PARTY - "12th Annual Back Lot Bash." women's festival. 12 Noon from Broadway/Montrose corner, proceeding south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park.. www.backlotbashchicago.com . email@example.com .
JUNE 28- PRIDE PARADE - Chicago 46th Annual Pride Parade- coordinated by PRIDEChicago. More information TBA (to be announced). www.ChicagoPrideCalendar.org . PrideChgo@aol.com . 773-348-8243.
JUNE 28- TELEVISION SHOW - "Anyone & Everyone" 10 PM on 11.2 WTTW Prime. The show features parents who have a child who is gay. It depicts families from all walks of life. Individuals from such diverse backgrounds as Japanese, Bolivian and Cherokee, as well as from various religious denominations such as Mormon, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Hindu and Southern Baptist share intimate accounts of how their children revealed their sexual orientation and discuss the responses. (First aired in 2007, it also shows PFLAG meetings). This is one of several LGBT-related shows on WTTW HD and WTTW Prime during June Pride Month. www.wttw.com .
JUNE 28- WORSHIP SERVICE - "Pride Sunday Worship" w/ featured preacher M Barclay of Reconciling Ministries Network and liaison to United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion (UMATI) at Broadway UMC, 3338 N. Broadway in Chicago. 10:00 AM.
JUNE 30- CEREMONY - "Salute to LGBT Veterans" by the American Veterans for Equal Rights at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. 12 Noon. www.averchicago.org . firstname.lastname@example.org . 773-752-0058.
JUNE 30- TELEVISION SHOW - "Growing Up Trans" 10 PM on 11.1 WTTW HD. The struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their parents are explored. This is one of several LGBT-related shows on WTTW HD and WTTW Prime during June Pride Month. www.wttw.com .
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