Monday 31 Dec 2012

Last Change To Share

The holiday season often stirs people's generosity to give a gift that embodies the spirit of the holidays by helping those in need.

Consider a truly memorable and special gift, but remember today is the last opportunity to be tax deductible in 2012. While many charitable donations are tax-deductible, as always, consult your own tax or financial advisor before making any personal financial decisions.

Investing in a local LGBT charity, is investing in our community and making a contribution is easier as most organizations accept donations online.

Here are a few organizations still accepting donations today. I recognize this is a partial list of the numerous organizations helping Chicago’s LGBT community.

AIDS Foundation of Chicago
411 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 922-2322
Established in 1985, AFC is the largest source of private philanthropic support for AIDS-related programs and services in the Midwest.
Donate Online

Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 472-6469
The Center on Halsted, serving Chicago’s LGBT community’s diverse social, recreational, cultural and social service needs, is accepting gifts of stock. If you have questions, call 773-472-6469.
Donate Online

Chicago House
1925 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-5200
Providing housing, supportive services, and dignity to Chicagoans living with HIV and AIDS since 1985.
Donate Online

Equality Illinois
3318 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-7173
Equality Illinois, the state's oldest LGBT advocacy organization, is accepting year-end, tax-deductible contributions of at least $60. Those contributing will be entered into a drawing to win a flight voucher provided by Orbitz.
Donate Online

Most charities can use your valuable time, too! Local agencies need volunteers throughout the year. Make a New Year's resolution to create a giving plan for both your money and time.

This is a very small list of the many wonderful community organizations throughout Chicago, we salute all groups Making a Difference!
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Wednesday 21 Nov 2012

FREE Thanksgiving Dinner is a Laughing Matter

There is a great sense of community in the air this holiday season. The folks at the Laugh Factory Chicago (3175 N. Broadway, 773-327-3175) and the Laugh Factory Hollywood (8001 Sunset Blvd., 323-656-1336 ext. 1) are opening up their doors Thanksgiving Day and giving more than giggles!

The Thanksgiving Holiday can be a tough time for the needy, lonely, or simply those away from home. Thankfully our friends at the Laugh Factory are providing a FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER and Show to the community!

Check their sites (Chicago :: Hollywood) for times and information and be sure to spread the word!


Tuesday 1 May 2012

Paige Clay rally

The Chicago Rally for murdered transgender woman, Paige Clay, will be held today, May 1st at the Taskforce Prevention and Community Services, located at 9 North Cicero Ave. from 6:30-9 p.m.

Brian Turner, also known as Giavonte Wynters, organized the event out of the frustration with the police investigation of Clay's murder. Turner runs a program for transgender women called "Women of Many Voices", which Clay was a member.

Read more about Paige Clay:
-Scouting the Unknown Justice for Paige Clay by TransmanRyan
-Center on Halsted responds to transgender woman murdered in Chicago
Wednesday 8 Feb 2012

On the Red Carpet

Yep, that’s right, the Center on Halsted’s annual Oscar watch party takes place this year at Park West Theater (322 West Armitage Ave) on Sunday, February 26th.

The party features a live awards show telecast on the big screen, red carpet arrival (6:00pm) hosted by Precious Jewel and more than $30,000 in awards and prizes.

This year, the event is expanding to Chicago’s historic Park West Theater accommodating more than 400 guests and will feature a full buffet dinner, champagne tasting, cocktails, entertainment and more.

Ticket prices range from $30-$125 and can be purchased online at

Contact Jacob Kosior, Director of Special Events & Volunteers, at or by calling 773-661-0788 for more information.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to building and strengthening the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community. More than 1,000 people visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. The diverse programs offered range from volleyball, yoga and cooking classes to free rapid HIV testing, group therapy, vocational training and a comprehensive senior program.
Thursday 3 Nov 2011

Lesbians You're Invited!

On Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m., a website aimed at Chicago’s lesbian community will officially celebrate its launch and 6 successful months online. The party takes place at Reza’s Restaurant located at 2423 N. Clark Ave, in Chicago

The L Stop, whose efforts to bring visibility and cohesiveness to the lesbian community want you to join them as they officially introduce the website, its staff and its goals.

"We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished thus far and are humbled by all the positive feedback that we have received from the community.” says Vivian Gonzalez, Co-Founder of The L Stop.

The L Stop provides relevant local and national news, as well as information regarding events, political activities, and volunteer opportunities for the Lesbian community.

The L Stop links existing local organizations, including, together; aiming to increase accessibility and strengthen the queer/LGBT community as a whole.

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