We Are Halsted


We Are Halsted: A variety show benefiting youth homeless shelters

Comedy, Music, Dance and Auction Prizes

There are more than 15,000 + homeless and unaccompanied youth living in Chicago, and according to theNational Gay and Lesbian Task Force, more than 20% identify as LGBTQ. It may come as a surprise to many that with so many youth facing these challenges there are only 189 shelter beds specifically provided for youth across the entire city.

This past year The Crib opened in Lakeview providing new beds for youth on the North Side, joining other Chicago organizations like Teen Living and Casa Norte in providing necessary services for our citys homeless youth.

We Are Halsted is a one-time special event created to bring our community together, to raise awareness about the challenges LGBTQ homeless youth face and to help support organizations doing such good work.

We Are Halsted is presented and hosted by Adam Guerino (Queer Comedy at Zanies, Laugh Track at Sidetrack) with LSIC (Lakeview Safety and Inclusion Coalition--a group of residents, business owners, street-based young adults, service providers, and clergy convened by the Center on Halsted.) The variety show will feature music by gender bending belter Vallerie Dolls (Night of 100 Drag Queens,) Manny Capozzi (Fatally Cool,) and Stephen Leonard (With A Pen,) stand-up comedy by Gwen La Roka (Zanies) Nyle Fisher (Laugh Track) and Ever Mainard (Dates With Ever,) dance by Jerri Blank (Strangers with Candy) and hula hoop spectacle by circus-burlesque performer Dizzy Lizzy Delicious (El Circo Cheapo, Variatease.)

Patrick Gill (All The Writers I Know) will help Lakeview residents and homeless youth write their first-hand experiences of community issues and sources of misunderstanding. The intention is that each comment will be tactful, respectful and thoughtful leaving everyone better understanding one another and possibly seeing each other for the first time. Audience members will feel empowered to be able to put energy into the community without spending more than they can afford while learning about residents that they may not normally encounter.

Donations for auction are still being taken but already include tickets to Broadway In Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Zanies Comedy Club, VIP Lakefront Speedboat tours and special gifts from Pastoral Artisan Wine, Cheese and Bread.

We Are Halsted was created for everyone as a sensational, fabulous and affordable variety show. With $5 tickets, volunteer performers, auction items and inexpensive donated beverages, We Are Halsted is a grass-roots fundraiser and a way for everyone to support our communitys homeless youth.

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