Red Stars partner with local nonprofits, businesses, and talent to kick off Pride Month
CHICAGO — The Chicago Red Stars are proud to kick off pride month in Chicago by teaming up with local businesses and talent for a virtual Pride Party presented by Illinois Bone and Joint Institute on Thursday, May 28th. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit Howard Brown Health.
“Howard Brown Health is thrilled to partner with the Red Stars and ‘kick-off’ Pride month with a virtual event that celebrates women in sports and LGBTQ culture,” said Kristin Keglovitz Baker, Deputy CEO of Howard Brown Health. “As we integrate safety guidelines and practices into our Pride celebrations, virtual events like this are a crucial way we can stay connected and uplift each other.”
The event will consist of both free and paid portions so everyone can participate in some capacity. The free portion will be live-streamed on the Chicago Red Stars YouTube channel and features a performance from Lyric Opera’s Desiree Hassler and drag queen Em Merle of The Back Door. The team has also partnered with Women Unite!, a Chicago-based nonprofit, for an “Allyship 101” training session teaching participants how to be an ally to the LGBTQ community in the time of a pandemic.
Fans who purchase the $40 ticket will receive a Chicago Red Stars pride t-shirt and pronoun pin and access to additional entertainment on Zoom. There will be three rounds of Drag Bingo hosted by Em Merle, featuring Red Stars swag packs for the winners. Performances include Kit Kat Lounge Divas Madam X and Shantell DeMarco, a virtual dance party hosted by DJ Sandra Suave, and more.
The Kit Kat lounge is supporting the event with two custom cocktail kits available for pickup or delivery statewide. Patrons can place their orders for the Red Stars Party in a Box or Disco Party In a Box via phone (773-525-1111) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fans can purchase tickets to the entire Pride Party event here.
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Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest, providing primary and specialty healthcare, social services, and infectious disease screenings to more than 35,000 people each year. In response to the pandemic, Howard Brown has limited services to 8 of its 11 clinic locations and launched telephone and video options for patients to access care via telehealth. Learn more at howardbrown.org.