The Center on Halsted has long been known as a multi-faceted and extremely useful resource to Chicagoland’s LGBT community. The diversity of the programming offered at the Center is quite astonishing- from the youth and senior programs to the mental health and HIV/AIDS services. As a result, the amount of people that utilize the services of the Center is astounding. Even more surprising than the thousands of people who walk through its doors each day is the amount of people who are still unaware of exactly how impactful and invaluable a resource it is. While many in the community, especially women and those who live beyond the boundaries of Boystown, respect the Center for its impact, some feel as if they are just not the demographic for which it is meant.
With this sentiment present in the community of women, certain staff at the Center came together to form the Women’s Action Committee. With the hopes of directly engaging diverse groups of women and forging new partnerships throughout the city, Maura Ross (Community and Cultural Program Director) and Renauda Riddle (Staff Accountant) began to establish a group of passionate and determined leaders to begin a think tank to address these goals. While these women already have countless ideas for events and programming for the future, they are consistently looking for fresh faces and ideas to join them at their monthly meetings.
This Thursday, September 6th, you have the chance to come out and meet the incredible people with the passion behind these women-centric events at “By Women, For Women,” an evening of networking with a hint of burlesque. Join hosts Alma Izquierdo and Kim Hunt, as well as the rest of the Women’s Action Committee, for cocktails, appetizers and desserts on the rooftop of the Center; and enjoy a specially tailored dance performance by Vaudezilla Burlesque. I can’t think about a better environment than this to learn about new programs at the Center on Halsted created for women who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or ally. Afterwards, head across the street to Rehab, where you will be able to mingle with women from all different backgrounds, in what is sure to be an excellent networking and friend making opportunity.
The Center on Halsted is truly an amazing resource for every member of this community. Whether you use it as a walkway into Whole Foods, volunteer at the weekly Senior luncheons or simply utilize the open gym, this is one organization that I encourage every single person to support in whatever capacity they are able. If you don’t have the ability to consistently donate your time or money there are countless other ways to get involved. Check out the website at http://centeronhalsted.org/ to check out some of the countless ways you can become involved.
By Women For Women
Thursday, September 6th
For Women By Women: A Night of Friendship
6pm-9pm / $20 / Center on Halsted / 3656 N. Halsted
Join Center on Halsted’s Women’s Action Committee and our friends for an alluring and enticing evening BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN. Enjoy cocktails, appetizers and desserts on the rooftop, make new friends, enjoy a special dance performance and learn about new programs at Center on Halsted just for women who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.
Ticket includes 2 drink tickets, entrance to after-party at Rehab and hors d’oeuvres created by celebrity lesbian chefs.
For more info and/or tickets to the event: https://community.centeronhalsted.org/
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Lauren was born and raised in South Minneapolis and like many other innocent midwesterners got sucked into the black hole of Chicago politics 4 years ago. As the LGBT Coordinator for the Gery Chico for Mayor Campaign she attempted to take on the entire city and hasn’t looked back since. Now working for a communications firm, she spends her extra time running around with cases of PBR playing in different sports leagues, hosting couchsurfers from all over the place, and deciding how she is going to change the world. A simple lady at her core, she has decided that the first person to send her an edible arrangement must be the one.