Lambda Legal Midwest Region

Lambda Legal Midwest Region Stay connected to Lambda Legal's Midwest regional news, cases, events, and updates through our Midwe Those groundbreaking cases include: Nabozny v.

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of le****ns, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Our Midwest Regional Office opened in 1993 with a small team of lawyers and strategists, and our Chicago-based staff has grown over the years to become the ar

chitects of some of our biggest legal victories. Podlesny, Varnum v. Brien, Gray v. Orr, Baskin v. Bogan, Henry v. Hodges, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College...

Our case names will be filed to the annals of legal history, yet their broad impact is seen in how our families are respected under law, how our youth access education and pursue their dreams with freedom, how we pursue our careers and dreams without discrimination, how we age and access care with dignity, and in how our social and legal institutions respect the equality and humanity of all LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. We are Lambda Legal. We are your lawyers.

09/21/2023
Q***r Happenings around Chicago: September 3rd, get ready for a day of family-friendly fun. From 10 A.M. to 3 P.M., Slo ...
08/31/2023

Q***r Happenings around Chicago: September 3rd, get ready for a day of family-friendly fun. From 10 A.M. to 3 P.M., Slo 'Mo and Kido present Q***r Pride Fam Jam. Join them for a day of arts & crafts, skateboarding, drag makeovers, and house music. The event will end with the famous Slo 'Mo dance party. Check out this link to learn more about the event information.

Legendary q***r dance party Slo ‘Mo & South Loop children’s boutique Kido are collaborating on a day of Pride fun in the sun for all ages!

Please join Lambda Legal for a night to remember at our annual Indiana Benefit, as we reach our 50th year of fighting fo...
08/14/2023

Please join Lambda Legal for a night to remember at our annual Indiana Benefit, as we reach our 50th year of fighting for the rights of LGBTQ+ people and everyone living with HIV across the country. Enjoy lovely food, and hear from Zach Herrin, NASCAR q***r icon, and Becky Pepper Jackson, the Lambda Legal Plaintiff Superstar challenging transphobic sports bans. Individual tickets are for sale at $175.00. We hope to see you there!

Our past informs us.  Our present motivates us.  Our future inspires us. What started in 1973 as a group of visionary lawyers in a NYC apartment has evolved into a national team of tough litigators battling for LGBTQ+ rights and for everyone living with HIV.  And to t...

Lambda Legal is proud to announce our co-chairs of the 2023 Indiana Benefit and civil rights celebration, which will ret...
08/01/2023

Lambda Legal is proud to announce our co-chairs of the 2023 Indiana Benefit and civil rights celebration, which will return to Indianapolis on September 8th. This year’s co-chairs will help inspire local, corporate, and grassroots support for Lambda Legal, the nation’s largest and most successful legal defense organization working to achieve full recognition for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. Meet our Co-Chairs. Anne White Rick Kissel. To learn more about our Co-Chairs use this link. Make sure to get your tickets for the Indiana Benefit!

The Indiana Benefit, one of Lambda Legal’s signature events and one of the largest LGBTQ+ events in Indiana, will return to the Indiana State Museum on Friday, September 8th. This year’s co-chairs will help inspire local, corporate, and grassroots support for Lambda Legal, the nation’s largest...

Thank you to all of our supporters that joined us on May 19th for Lambda Legal's annual Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebrat...
06/22/2023

Thank you to all of our supporters that joined us on May 19th for Lambda Legal's annual Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration in Chicago! Check out this video for a glimpse of the inspiring evening. We hope to see you and many more at next year's event!

Lambda Legal's Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration returned on Friday, May 19, 2023 at The Art Institute of Chicago. The event is named after Robert Bonvouli...

This past weekend Lambda walked in the Indy Pride Parade for the first time as well as having a booth at the Indy Pride ...
06/12/2023

This past weekend Lambda walked in the Indy Pride Parade for the first time as well as having a booth at the Indy Pride Fest. Thank you to those who walked with us!

Check out our photos from our Bon Foster event!
06/07/2023

Check out our photos from our Bon Foster event!

We are excited to announce the release of our co-chairs for Bon Foster! Please join us in welcoming Diane Bell, Terrence...
05/05/2023

We are excited to announce the release of our co-chairs for Bon Foster! Please join us in welcoming Diane Bell, Terrence Chappell & Dan Nisbet, who will be joining forces to inspire local, corporate, and grassroots support for Lambda Legal.
We are grateful to have such talented and passionate co-chairs leading the charge, and we know that with their leadership, Bon Foster is sure to be a memorable and successful event.
Stay tuned for more updates on Bon Foster as we get closer to the big day. In the meantime, please join us in congratulating Diane, Terrence, and Dan on their roles!

The Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration, one of Lambda Legal’s signature events for the LGBTQ+ community, will return to the Art Institute of Chicago on Friday, May 19th. This year’s co-chairs were recently announced, and will help inspire local, corporate, and grassroots support for Lambda Lega...

On Sunday, August 28th, at the Garfield Park Conservatory, the Chicago Public Library, Chicago Freedom School, Howard Br...
08/17/2022

On Sunday, August 28th, at the Garfield Park Conservatory, the Chicago Public Library, Chicago Freedom School, Howard Brown Health, Broadway Youth Center, Brave Space Alliance, and Social Works will be hosting the Fall Q***r Radical Resource Fair.

The fair will offer a public education workshop around LGBTQIA+ identities including vogue dancing, fashion, and ball culture; as well as COVID-19 vaccinations and testing; HIV and STI testing; education and employment opportunities; free food; accessible and culturally affirming mental health resources; and artisanal goods made by local q***r creatives.

The fair will be a celebration of self-expression, and community by and for ***r youth! 🌈

To learn more about the event click the link - https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/v2/events?q=q***r%20radical%20fair&fbclid=IwAR3kvEqTD37pJQceqSuwR-SyfwIEJTAjlSD8OpMFtqxYmqs_dD4u_g1QWZ4

The Minnesota People of Color Pride Organization, in collaboration with other LGBTQ+ and supporting-ally organizations, ...
08/12/2022

The Minnesota People of Color Pride Organization, in collaboration with other LGBTQ+ and supporting-ally organizations, presents the Minnesota POC Pride Festival 2022: A Summer of Soul. This festival will be taking place August 18th through the 21st, with several events throughout the weekend.

This festival celebrates and recognizes the diversity within the MN LGBTQ+ communities and cultural traditions. The MN POC Pride Organization has connected and served the LGBTQ+ POC community state-wide through HIV health advocacy, civic engagement work, and constantly fighting for LGBTQ+ people of color equity and equality.

MN POC Pride Festival will be hosting some amazing events such as Mr. & Miss Twin Cities Black Pride Pageant, Black Magic on-the-River Annual Boat Cruise, Vogue Night, and ultimately finishing off the weekend with Soul-In-The-Park. The festival is sure to be full of fun, love, and soul!

Learn more about the festival by clicking on the link - https://mnpocpride.org/pride-festival/

08/11/2022

It is clear that LGBTQ+ civil rights battles that we have fought and won, including our very own victories in Lawrence v. Texas and Obergefell v. Hodges, are under threat.

As frightening as this environment is, we have been here before. We have held the line and continued to advance rights for LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV. We know what to do.

Harvey Milk said, “Hope will never be silent.” Today, more than ever, when LGBTQ+ people face attacks in their state legislatures, at their schools, and from our nation’s highest court, his words remind us to keep fighting.

There is too much at stake, and we cannot give up. We must get loud to protect ourselves and each other.

Get Loud to protect LGBTQ+ civil rights.

Join us today: www.lambdalegal.org/signup_getloud

08/10/2022

Until recently, thousands of surviving same-s*x partners and spouses were locked out of accessing social security survivor’s benefits because their marriages had been prevented or delayed by unconstitutional marriage laws.

Thanks to our victories in Ely v. Saul and Thornton v. Commissioner of Social Security, millions of dollars in benefits that belong to our community have now been unlocked. The Social Security Administration is now processing survivor’s benefits claims for ALL surviving same-s*x partners and spouses who were prevented from meeting marriage-related requirements because of unconstitutional marriage laws, regardless of whether they had applied for those benefits at any point in the past.

Lambda Legal has put together FAQ documents about these cases to provide information about what these cases mean and how to demonstrate that you may be eligible for survivor’s benefits. Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3vIB85r

08/03/2022

Yesterday, federal District Court Judge Robert C. Chambers ruled that West Virginia’s Medicaid program could no longer discriminate by excluding coverage for gender-confirming surgical care for transgender Medicaid participants in West Virginia.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, Nichols Kaster, PLLP, and the Employment Law Center, PLLP challenging West Virginia’s exclusion of coverage for gender-confirming surgical care.

“I am excited to finally have access to the healthcare I deserve. The exclusion negatively affects my health and well-being as well as the health and well-being of other transgender Medicaid participants in our community. Gender-confirming care is healthcare, and it is lifesaving,” said plaintiff Shauntae Anderson, West Virginia Medicaid participant.

Read more online at https://bit.ly/3A3jr3r

Tomorrow, August 2nd, from 5:30pm to 6:30 pm on behalf of Howard Brown Health, Chicago Department of Public Health, and ...
08/01/2022

Tomorrow, August 2nd, from 5:30pm to 6:30 pm on behalf of Howard Brown Health, Chicago Department of Public Health, and Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, Northalsted Business Alliance is hosting a virtual forum to hear the latest updates from Chicago’s health experts and to answer your questions about the symptoms, spread and preventative methods for MPV (Monkeypox).

This will be a great opportunity to get the most up to date information about MPV in Chicago, and ask any questions you may have about MPV.

Please use this link to register: bit.ly/MPVTownhall

HB 1557, commonly known as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” law, censors student speech and expression about LGBTQ+ pe...
07/27/2022

HB 1557, commonly known as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” law, censors student speech and expression about LGBTQ+ people.

Lambda Legal, joined by the Southern Legal Counsel, Inc., the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Baker McKenzie, is filing a federal lawsuit against Florida’s attempt to stigmatize and silence LGBTQ+ youth and families.

Join our fight to make Florida schools safe and inclusive ➡️ Call 1-833-I-SAY-GAY or 1-833-SAY-TGNC to report discrimination in Florida.

To Learn more, read below.

HB 1557, commonly known as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” law, censors student speech and expression about LGBTQ+ people.

This law has already encouraged school districts to ban LGBTQ+ books from their classrooms and eliminate LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination and anti-harassment trainings.

Lambda Legal, joined by the Southern Legal Counsel, Inc., the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Baker McKenzie, is filing a federal lawsuit against Florida’s attempt to stigmatize and silence LGBTQ+ youth and families.

We are fighting for every student’s right to openly talk about their LGBTQ+ loved ones, access in-school support systems for LGBTQ+ youth, and to be able to read books that recognize LGBTQ+ people’s historical contributions and lived experiences.

Join our fight to make Florida schools safe and inclusive ➡️ Call 1-833-I-SAY-GAY or 1-833-SAY-TGNC to report discrimination in Florida.

For more information read the press release at: https://bit.ly/3vfOpCj

It is our pleasure to introduce Rick Kissel and Michael Mock as Lambda Legal’s two new Legacy Giving Council members bas...
07/26/2022

It is our pleasure to introduce Rick Kissel and Michael Mock as Lambda Legal’s two new Legacy Giving Council members based in the Midwest.

This past spring, the Legacy Giving Council was thrilled to appoint Rick, a skilled Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister with over 35 years of experience, and Michael, an accomplished Financial Planner at Westpoint Financial Group, as the two newest council members.

As you know, the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade proves that we don’t know what the future holds and there is so much more work to be done, which is why we are so grateful to Rick, Michael, and all our supporters who strengthen our ability to fight back and win.

Lambda Legal and Black & Pink National have launched “Protected & Served?” which is a community survey on LGBTQ+ people ...
07/22/2022

Lambda Legal and Black & Pink National have launched “Protected & Served?” which is a community survey on LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV and the criminal legal system. We are partnering to produce a report that can support new research, advocacy, litigation, and policy efforts to address unlawful bias, discrimination, and abuse of LGBTQ+ people and PLHIV by the criminal legal system.

The survey only takes around 10 minutes to complete and is available in English and Spanish. Those who participate in the survey will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win $100.
To learn more about “Protected & Served?” Feel free to check out the website (https://www.protectedandserved.org/) or listen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avh9o1gj9CU) to Dominique Morgan, from the The Okra Project talk about the importance of this survey.

Click this link to take the survey:
https://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOQ7SjMWg1n0L0q

Our LGBTQ+ youth deserve to experience adolescence as carefree as other young adults!
07/19/2022

Our LGBTQ+ youth deserve to experience adolescence as carefree as other young adults!

Discrimination is expensive! Read more below from Lambda Legal about how we were awarded attorney fees after winning a c...
07/18/2022

Discrimination is expensive!

Read more below from Lambda Legal about how we were awarded attorney fees after winning a case against Idaho who was discriminating against trans folks.

🎉 On June 8, 2022, Lambda Legal ​and our co-counsel were awarded attorney’s fees in the amount of $321,529.50 for our victory in our case challenging Idaho's anti-trans birth certificate law, which Idaho enacted in defiance of a prior court order.

Learn more about our 2020 victory: https://bit.ly/3avtxh6

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for our inaugural ELC Summer Social!It was a fabulous event, and we achiev...
07/15/2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for our inaugural ELC Summer Social!

It was a fabulous event, and we achieved our goal in connecting brilliant young q***r professionals from across Chicago together for an evening centered around justice, community and celebrating our uniqueness.

Photos from the event will be posted in the next few days, so stay tuned. Please be sure to tag yourself and anyone you know.

In the meantime, here's a picture of this year's fabulous Emerging Leaders Council (ELC), our young professional associate board.

Today is recognized around the world as International Non-Binary People's Day!  Legal  is proud to uplift Non-Binary peo...
07/14/2022

Today is recognized around the world as International Non-Binary People's Day! Legal is proud to uplift Non-Binary people through our work. Join us as we celebrate this day and shine a light on this diverse community.

Non-Binary is a term used to describe gender identities that sit within, outside of, across or between the spectrum of the male and female binary. Non-binary folks may identify as being both a man and a woman or they may feel like they have no gender at all. Non-binary people show us how powerful identity can be and that it is an individual right to decide how to present yourself to the world.

Lambda Legal continues to fight for the rights of non-binary folks. Though the work can be hard and may seem frustrating at times, it is also important to take time to celebrate and support our community.

Lambda Legal is proud to introduce our co-chairs of the 2022 Indiana Benefit and civil rights celebration, which will re...
07/13/2022

Lambda Legal is proud to introduce our co-chairs of the 2022 Indiana Benefit and civil rights celebration, which will return to Indianapolis on September 23rd, following a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic.

This year’s co-chairs will help inspire local, corporate and grassroots support for Lambda Legal, the nation’s largest and most successful legal defense organization working to achieve full recognition for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV.

Meet our Co-Chairs: Jae Park, Rick Kissel, and Amber Maynard!

To learn more about our Co-Chairs use this link.
https://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/in_20220708_lambda-legal-announces-co-chairs-of-2022-indiana-benefit

Make sure to register for our Indiana Benefit using this link. https://www.lambdalegal.org/indianabenefit

Last Friday, Lambda Legal secured the safety of trans youth by barring Texas from implementing the agency’s rule expandi...
07/11/2022

Last Friday, Lambda Legal secured the safety of trans youth by barring Texas from implementing the agency’s rule expanding the definition of child abuse to presumptively treat the provision of gender affirming care as child abuse.

We are one step closer to ensuring all trans families can safely access gender-affirming medical care. Click the link below to read more about today’s ruling. https://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20220708_texas-court-blocks-state-from_investigating-more-trans-youth?fbclid=IwAR2QJoKjGYsR5MGhtpGGKSRqBZK3zO6YpLGT-1fq7kyZ05OFlE5aFQVhKVk

We encourage all families across the state of Texas impacted by the DFPS Rule to reach out to Lambda Legal’s Help Desk at https://www.lambdalegal.org/helpdesk

🎉 A Texas court has blocked Texas–yet, again–from investigating parents who work with their healthcare providers to provide their trans adolescent children with necessary medical care! Today’s ruling protects the Roe and Voe families, even as the court considers broader relief for ALL Texas families who are members of PFLAG National, a national + support organization.

We are one step closer to ensuring all trans families can safely access gender-affirming medical care. Read more about today’s ruling: https://bit.ly/3InLz3A

Get Ready!  Next week Detroit’s Black LGBTQ+ Community is hosting their annual Hotter Than July celebration. From July 1...
07/08/2022

Get Ready!

Next week Detroit’s Black LGBTQ+ Community is hosting their annual Hotter Than July celebration. From July 15th to 17th, come out and join them to experience the world’s second oldest Black LGBTQ+ Pride. There will be a weekend packed full of events with community leaders and supporters offering various safe spaces for educating and showcasing the culture.

Make sure you do not miss out on the highly anticipated Hotter Than July Concert, featuring Da Brat at the Motor City Casino Soundboard on Saturday, July 16.

The poster below showcases all of the events taking place over the weekend and click on the link to learn more about Hotter than July. https://www.lgbtdetroit.org/hotterthanjuly

Last week a federal district court on Wednesday rescinded a discriminatory Trump-era rule that prohibited the U.S. Depar...
07/07/2022

Last week a federal district court on Wednesday rescinded a discriminatory Trump-era rule that prohibited the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from requiring that service providers in its $500 billion federal grants program not discriminate based on s*x, s*xual orientation, gender identity, religion, and other characteristics when providing HHS grant-funded services.

Democracy Forward and Lambda Legal along with pro bono co-counsel Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, filed a lawsuit challenging the rule in February 2021 on behalf of Facing Foster Care in Alaska, Family Equality, True Colors United, and SAGE. Wednesday’s order rescinds the rule completely and restores protections in the 2016 Rule.

We’re elated that this Trump-era threat, which disproportionately impacted the most vulnerable members of society, including + children, seniors, and people with low income, who rely on federally funded programs to meet their basic needs, is gone.

To read more click on the link below.

On Wednesday, a federal district court struck down a discriminatory Trump-era rule that prohibited the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from requiring grantees in its $500 billion federal grants program to not discriminate on the basis of s*x, s*xual orientation, gender identity, and religion against individuals accessing services or participating in programs.

We’re elated that this Trump-era threat, which disproportionately impacted the most vulnerable members of society, including + children, seniors, and people with low income, who rely on federally funded programs to meet their basic needs, is gone.

HHS grants fund critical services such as our nation’s foster care system, Meals on Wheels for older adults, services for refugee children, substance abuse treatment, and housing programs for youth experiencing homelessness.

Discrimination on the basis of s*xual orientation, gender identity, and religion remains a pressing problem, and we will keep fighting to ensure the LGBTQI+ community can safely access these critical services.

➡️ Read more: https://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/us_20220705_court-removes-trump-era-rule-that-eliminated-discrimination-protections

Democracy Forward

Last week Lambda Legal released a statement in regard to   reforms."Building upon prior decisions gutting voting rights ...
07/06/2022

Last week Lambda Legal released a statement in regard to reforms.

"Building upon prior decisions gutting voting rights protections and other democracy safeguards, the Court’s current majority, deliberately constituted to accomplish radical doctrinal and government-systems change, has eliminated and threatened fundamental personal rights that are at the core of the liberty and equality promised to all by our Constitution."

It’s simple – has destroyed its own legitimacy, losing public confidence in its integrity along the way. This is a Constitutional crisis and it’s far past time for Congress to act. Expand the Court.

To learn more make sure to read below and click on the link to read our full statement.

“The Supreme Court has lost the public’s confidence in its integrity and has eroded its own legitimacy.”

A few more shots to share of our amazing staff who worked to make this Pride Parade one for the books!
06/28/2022

A few more shots to share of our amazing staff who worked to make this Pride Parade one for the books!

The 2022 Chicago Pride Parade album is up for your viewing pleasure!Thank you to everyone who came and showed their supp...
06/28/2022

The 2022 Chicago Pride Parade album is up for your viewing pleasure!

Thank you to everyone who came and showed their support.

06/27/2022

Thank you to everyone who marched with us in the Chicago Pride Parade! It was a beautiful demonstration of solidarity during trying times. With your help, we were able to remind the local community that Lambda Legal is still here – fighting tirelessly for the LGBTQ community and everyone living with HIV.

I want to give a special shoutout to our partners from the ADL - Anti-Defamation League and Northwestern Law for showing their support yesterday. We could not have done it without you!

We will be sharing pictures over the next few days on our FB page. Please be sure to tag yourself and anyone you know.

Join Us!  This upcoming Sunday, June 26th, is the annual Chicago Pride Parade. This year, Lambda Legal will have a float...
06/21/2022

Join Us!

This upcoming Sunday, June 26th, is the annual Chicago Pride Parade. This year, Lambda Legal will have a float and a walking group. We are looking for our Chicago community to show up and show out! If you are interested in marching with us, please click the link to learn more details about the event and to RSVP. https://www.lambdalegal.org/chicagopride

We cannot wait to see you all there!

Volunteer to Walk with Lambda Legal at the Chicago Pride Parade! The Chicago Pride Parade is set for Sunday, June 26th and Lambda Legal is looking for volunteers to march with us this year! The Parade begins at Broadway and Montrose and starts at 12PM. Please invite your friends – all...

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ADL Midwest was proud to share in the joy of marching in the Chicago Pride Parade alongside our partners, Lambda Legal Midwest Region. Each and every day we are committed to showing up and showing out to fight for LGBTQ+ rights! Happy Pride!
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Each day during Pride Month this June we will be spotlighting Chicago LGBTQ+ organizations. Today we shine the spotlight on Lambda Legal Midwest Region. Lambda Legal is the oldest national organization pursuing high-impact litigation, public education and advocacy on behalf of equality and civil rights for le****ns, gay men, bis*xuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV. Please give them a "follow" and consider making a donation.

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Lambda Legal Midwest Region's Float at the Pride Parade 2019
Lambda Legal Midwest Regions Float at the Pride Parade 2019
THROWBACK // Last week we held a spectacular benefit performance of BOYS IN THE BAND with Lambda Legal Midwest Region, a nonprofit focused on civil rights of the LGBTQ community. Thanks to all who came by to celebrate this show — staff, artists, patrons, and friends. Also a special thanks to Tom Bianchi for hosting our post-show discussion! •
Mona Noriega, our fierce partner in justice, will retire as Commissioner of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) in February. Mona, thank you and best wishes to Evette and you! We can't wait to see what's next for you.

Starting as a citizen activist in the late 1970s, Mona organized events to help women build their community and was a trailblazer for advocacy for Latina le****ns. At Lambda Legal, she helped establish the Lambda Legal Midwest Region and served as its regional director. In 2011, Mona was appointed to serve as Chair and Commissioner of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, which enforces the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance.

In 2017, when Mona was honored with the Equality Illinois Freedom Award, CEO Brian C. Johnson said: “Mona Noriega has been on the front lines of fighting for LGBTQ rights and women’s rights for nearly 40 years, stepping up wherever she saw the need for passion and action."

Photo: Evette and Mona at the 2017 Equality Illinois Gala, by C Grost Photography
ICYMI... The Playhouse's performance of THE BOYS IN THE BAND on February 13th will benefit our nonprofit partner, Lambda Legal Midwest Region. This performance will also feature a post-show conversation with famed photographer Tom Bianchi whose artistry coincided the 'BOYS' era.

For tickets, visit --> https://bit.ly/2O1gIiD