Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-02-13
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Chicago House celebrates springtime with 'Revive'
by Vern Hester

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Chicago House and Social Service Agency held its 32nd annual spring brunch and fashion show on May 6 in the Winter Garden Room atop The Harold Washington Library. The event, which piggybacked off of last year's concept of footsteps, was titled "Revive! Rally on the Runway," and was designed to springboard the start of spring and to revive the spirit while acknowledging the passing of winter.

With a standing-room-only crowd of more than 350 guests, the festivities included a three-course gourmet brunch, specialty cocktails, a one-of-a-kind flower market, a lavish live auction, musical and dance performances, and the titular runway show featuring work from local, national and international designers. The annual brunch/fashion show has served as a fundraiser for Chicago House and has emerged as one of the key social events for the LGBTQ community. This year's event also celebrated the accomplishments of Michael Qunilan and his F*** You Hate Campaign, and featured words from author/activist/publisher and Chicago House Trans Safe coordinator Reyna Ortiz. Channel 5's Chris Hush emceed the event.

In his introduction to Spirit Award winner Michael Quinlan, Chicago House Chief Executive Officer Scott Ammarell said, "Revive—wake up and refresh from a long winter. But we also need to revive against the continued onslaught against LGBTQ Rights with the appointment of openly homophobic public officials, the attempted ban of trans individuals in the military, the removal of LGBTQ inclusion from the HUD mission statement, the brazen physical assaults on gay people and the continued violence against trans individuals not to mention the lack of resources for HIV." ( Through special events at his establishment, Links Taproom, badly needed money was raised with Quinlan matching the amount to support Chicago House and The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. )

After Ortiz spoke about working at Chicago House and reading from her self-published book, T Stands for Truth; In Search of the Queen, the fashion show took place. A wide selection of formal and leisure wear was on display as models walked the runway in clothes designed by Cram, Sylwia, Soundoff, Anna Loosli, Ricorso, Rakan, Radoggio and Black Tie Formalwear. The festivities came to a finish with juggler Cyril Rabbath seemingly appearing from thin air while actress/vocalist Molly Callinan closing out the show with her rendition of "I Came for Love."

Co-chairs for "Revive" were Chris and Derek Bagley. Presenting sponsors included the Chris and Derek Bagley Family Foundation, Chicago House Board President Ray Koenig and Senior Development Officer Kate Fenner-Lux.

Sponosrs were Aon, BMO Harris Bank, Care Roofing, Craig Jensen and Craig Dannenbrink, Garrison Famil, MB Financial, Gilead and GCM Grosvenor.

Founded in 1985, Chicago House has served individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS, LBGTQ and gender non-conformity marginalization, poverty and homelessness. The organization has provided housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention and education, and legal services.

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Black gay caucus seeks leaders 2019-02-19 - The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus is looking for a program manager and an equity coordinator. The program manager is responsible for the ...

Gay News

After landmark decision, ABA issues guidance for judges performing same-sex marriages 2019-02-14 - CHICAGO, Feb. 14, 2019 — The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released today a formal opinion giving judges ...

Gay News

CFW announces 'Talk It Out' series 2019-02-13 - Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) announced the fourth annual Talk It Out—a week-long conversation series designed to spark understanding among women ...

Gay News

Duncan receives arts academy award 2019-02-12 - On Feb. 9, longtime choreographer/teacher Randy Duncan was honored with The Chicago Academy for the Arts Faculty Legacy Award during the Academy Showcase ...

Gay News

Howard Brown annual meeting March 21 2019-02-07 - Howard Brown Health is inviting staff, patients and community supporters to its annual meeting, to be held Thursday, March 21, 6-8 p.m., at ...

Gay News

DePaul U. College of Law to hold summit, panels on combating sex trafficking 2019-02-07 - CHICAGO — The state of affairs of sex trafficking in the city of Chicago and what can be done to combat modern day ...

Gay News

AHF Applauds President's Commitment to End HIV Epidemic in US 2019-02-05 - WASHINGTON ( February 5, 2019 ) AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) applauded President Trump for his commitment to end the HIV epidemic ...

Gay News

Howard Brown helps advisory network for trans, GNC health 2019-02-05 - Howard Brown Health announced its participation in a community-led research advisory network that will support the development of patient-centered research projects focused on ...

Gay News

Catrina Howard talks veteran life, founding female veteran housing project 2019-02-05 - U.S. Navy veteran Catrina Howard's journey in the military and into veteran activism began after she graduated from Roosevelt High School in Chicago's ...

Gay News

New survey published on sexual and gender minorities in Western Kenya 2019-01-31 - Some of the first published findings on the demographics and experiences of lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender people assigned female at birth in ...


Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.