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HRC Her Presents: Va-Va-Vaudeville —Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is!

herhrcIt’s no surprise to most of you that 2013 is already promising to be an epic year in the march for civil rights. Our very own state of Illinois has a marriage equality bill on the floor, the Supreme Court is hearing not one but two landmark cases centered around LGBTQ discrimination, immigration reform is being buzzed about (with an inclusion for same-sex couples to be able to sponsor spouses), and so much more. All of this progress does not happen overnight, and requires dedication from all of us. We call our representatives, friends, and families. We petition and protest. We become more conscious of where we spend our money and who gets to benefit from the power we hold.

As the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the nation, the Human Rights Campaign is working overtime for all of us: rating corporations and hospitals on their Equality Index for fair treatment of employees, championing for marriage equality laws in every state that has it as an option, and pushing to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act while also fighting for a national anti-discrimination policy (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act).  Currently, we only have 21 states and D.C. that have a policy forbidding workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. That’s not even close to acceptable.

annunitionWhile it is right and just to become a member of HRC just to support the amazing work they do, it’s always an extra nice bonus to be able to get that membership with a hefty dose of entertainment! Join us at Chicago’s incredible Mayne Stage theater this Sunday, March 10th for a night of side-splitting laughs and sizzling burlesque as we celebrate our second annual Va-Va-Vaudeville showcase sponsored by Wells Fargo! Two of the funny ladies on our Local Lesbian Comics You Should Know list will be there to rock your face off, including the dazzling hosting skills of Gwen La Roka. Performances by Miss Tamale, Red Hot Annie, Ammunition, Mae the Belly Dancer, Brad French, Bradley Thomas, and so much more. Music to delight your ears will be provided by the one and only DJ All The Way Kay. Tickets are selling faster than a 5¢ peep show, with VIPs vanishing in a few quick days. For an additional touch of awesome, this show is only $15 and entry is for all people 18+! Two bars, 10 performers, a silent auction filled with swag, 50/50 raffle, games on stage, and each person who attends gets a year membership to HRC and a chance to win a Dinah Shore package just for showing up!!!

The deets: Sunday, March 10th; $15 (PRE-PURCHASE PRICE) gets you in, entertained, and a year membership to HRC to help fight the good fight; must be 18+ to come. Doors open at 6:30pm. Sold Out!

Sponsors include: Wells Fargo, Easy Abby, The L Stop, The Chicago Force, Famous Fido, Early to Bed, AKIRA, Back Lot Bash, The Sami Grisafe BandLynfred WineryKoval Distillery, Old Town School of Folk Music, Wolfbait, Studio 110 Salon, Mystic Images Photography, MetLife Home & Auto, Torie McMillan Photography, Chicago Sky and more!

For tickets or more info for the event: http://action.hrc.org/site/Calendar?id=112021&view=Detail

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About Leah Schein

Leah is a born and bred Chicagoan, and considers herself extremely fortunate to be raised by amazing liberal parents in Logan Square. Coming from a long family history of equality activism, the crazy world of politics feels like home to her. Her upbringing allowed her to fully appreciate her love of tacos, and provided the support needed to be independent and insane. She is a happy survivor of the public school system, all the way through her undergrad years, culminating with a BA in anthropology. Her love of travel and all things adventurous led to the pursuit of a Master of Science from sunny ol’ England, where she happily grasped a conservation degree and ran off to live in a number of rain forests to research nocturnal primates. Through the amazing diversity she was fortunate to be raised amongst, she has an unwavering appreciation of all cultures and peoples, and has used this to form the foundation of her outspoken support of civil rights. You may have seen her running around Boystown/Tuna town over the last decade, or at events she volunteers at for the Human Rights Campaign. It’s possible you spied her at the Silent Film Festival. That strange woman getting into a wrestling match in the leaves on Foster Ave beach at 3am…that definitely wasn’t her. She couldn’t be more excited about sharing her love of science, and it’s role in our daily lives, with the community she loves. Nerds are cool, people. They drink martini’s too.

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