After its sensational debut this summer, the LGBTQ youth benefit We Are Halsted is back; and it’s taking to the dance floor. Thursday December 1st, doors open at 10pm at Berlin nightclub 954 W Belmont, creator and host Adam Guerino is bringing another night of spectacle with substance. Proceeds will benefit The Crib, a shelter in Lakeview that serves LGBTQ youth organized by The Night Ministry.
Twenty six percent of LGBTQ youth were kicked out of their homes when they came out (that’s over 1/4th of LGBTQ youth.) Queer youth are seven times more likely to be victims of crime and three times more likely to participate in survival sex. There are 15,000 homeless youth in Chicago and up to 40% of them identify as queer. And it’s getting colder. Chicago has a long way to go toward both social acceptance and housing homeless youth. We’re inviting you to be a part of the solution. The Night Ministry’s The Crib not only provides them with food and shelter, but with a sense of community and confidence–empowering them as they search for housing and employment.
We Are Halsted will be part risque variety show part raucous dance party. Hosted by Stardust and Adam Guerino with photos by ASL media. Performances include Trandroid and D’juanna Cyber (Shits and Giggles,) Les Soubrettes (We Stand Sideways Dance Co.,) Viva La Muerte (America’s Got Talent,) Jeffrey Pressley (Carnival of Curiosity and Chaos,) and presenting Ana Hoops, followed by a dance party with DJ Erik Roldan (Chances Dances) and DJ Black Gold (Queerer Park.) We Are Halsted family crest/logo created by Claude Abbott.
This is a difficult time of year for homeless youth. As the temperature drops the need for shelter and support rises. Make yourself at home while helping thsoe who don’t have one. And drink. And dance. Thursday December 1st, doors open at 10pm, Berlin nightclub 954 W Belmont. Tickets are $10 in advance at http://wearehalsted.eventbrite.com/and $15 at the door.