2014 Citywide Pride Events

Upcoming Events


United Way Pride Hosts - LGBTQ Policy Discussion with Gautam Raghaven 

Please join United Pride, United Way’s employee resource group, as they host their inaugural event, a discussion of LGBTQ policies with Gautam Raghaven, sponsored by Ogilvy Pride.


Gautam is the former White House liaison on LGBTQ issues and he will share insights about policies that effect the LGBTQ community and later join a panel discussion with local LGBTQ leaders on the topic. 


Date/Time:        Wednesday, October 15, 2014 / 4:00pm – 7:00pm 
Location:            Merchandise Mart; 350 West Mart Center Dr.; Suite 1100; Chicago, IL 60654

RSVP:                 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S2FZPMM


Google Hosts - A Film Screening of CBS Films' "PRIDE"

Please join Google as they host a screening of CBS Films' "PRIDE".  The film is inspired by a true story about how, in 1984, a group of gay and lesbian activists raise money to support striking miners' and when rebuffed, set out to a tiny village in Wales to make the donation in person.  Over time, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.


Date/Time:    Thursday, October 23, 2014 / 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location:        20 W. Kinzie St.; Chicago, IL  60654
RSVP:             https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J6VZH9Y


Publicis Group Hosts - 4 Color Process: Momentum in Motion

Marriage equality was groundbreaking. But what's next for LGBT advocacy?  Join Égalité Chicago, GLAAD Chicago Leadership Council and Equality Illinois, in a dialogue with other LGBT professionals & allies in Chicago to discuss areas where we can make an difference.


Date/Time:   Thursday, October 30, 2014 / 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location:       Leo Burnett Building; 35 W. Wacker Drive, 21st Fl. - Burnett Room; Chicago, IL 60601 
RSVP:            https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QGD5J8Q



Earlier 2014 Events

"All Out" Featuring Billy Bean
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Hosts:    Aon and KPMG
A presentation and discussion with Billy Bean, former Major League Baseball (MLB) player who publicly came out in 1999 and was recently named "Ambassador of Inclusion" for MLB.

"The Loving Story" - Screening and Discussion
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Hosts:    BP and Aon
A screening and facilitated discussion of "The Loving Storywhich tells the story of the struggle for marriage rights for interracial couples and a discussion of its implications for todays marriage equality challenge.

A Panel Discussion with StartOut CEOs
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Host:    MB Financial
A panel of CEOs will share their lessons learned, challenges overcome and mistakes they wish they had avoided in establishing their businesses.

A Networking Event Featuring About Face Theatre
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Host:    PNC Bank
A networking reception featuring About Face Theatre (AFT), Chicago's acclaimed, innovative and adventurous theater troupe who's productions focus on advancing discussion of gender and sexual identity issues.

A Summer Networking Event
Tuesday, August 12, 2013
Host:    PNC PROUD
A Summer Networking event.

"Allies 101"
Wednesday, August 6, 2013
Host:    Egalite', Publicis Groupe's LGBT Employee Resource Group
A presentation and networking reception focused on engaging allies. The event features a discussion of various topics including that included the "alphabet soup" that is LGBT; how to have a conversations about being gay; how to engage in conversations v. conflicts and coming out as an ally and what that means.

"ENDA, DOMA and YOU!"
Monday, June 30, 2014

Host:    PNC Bank

A discussion of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) featuring Lindsay Clark, Regional Field Director of the Human Rights Campaign and the  Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) featuring  Jim Bennett, Midwest Regional Director and Kyle Palazzolo, Staff Attorney with Lambda Legal.  Learn about the current state of both laws and their effects on you, your workplace, marriage equality and the LGBT community.


"Pride in Every Color" - The 5th Anniversary Chicago Pride Celebration and Networking Event
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Host:    Herman Miller 
A Kickoff of Pride Weekend with a networking event featuring cocktails, music, and a guest speaker at their Chicago Showroom.

Living History - A Discussion of HIV/AIDS
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Host:    WPRIDE & Allies, Walgreens LGBT Business Resource Group

Invites you to a discussion with Sean Strub, founder of the groundbreaking POZ magazine, and the first openly HIV-positive candidate for U.S. Congress.  Sean will discuss how the LGBT community influenced the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and share his personal journey which is chronicled in his new book Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival.


Celebrate Pride with the Chicago Sky!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Host:    The Chicago Sky
The 2013 WNBA Eastern Conference champions invite you to celebrate Pride with a noon game against league rival the Tulsa  Shock.  The game is followed by a panel discussion and networking event featuring Hudson Taylor, founder and CEO of AthleteAlly, a non-profit organization focused on ending homophobia and transphobia in sports by educating allies in the athletic community and empowering them to take a stand and with Toni Kokenis, former Stanford University Cardinals guard.

The Art of Attraction - Engaging the LGBT Market
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Hosts:    Northern Trust and Hyatt
A discussion of the LGBT market, how companies engage that market and what things you and your company can do to improve your prospects in that market. The event features a presentation by David Paisley, Sr. Research Director, Community Marketing & Insights and is followed by a panel discussion with David; Doug Sanborn, Community Commerce and Partnerships, MillerCoors; and John McGowan, SVP, LGBT & Non-Traditional Family Practice, Northern Trust Company.

A Screening and Discussion of "Codebreaker"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Hosts:    Ernst & Young Unity and Kraft Pride!
A screening and discussion of the film "Codebreaker - The Alan Turing Story", the remarkable and tragic story that chronicles the life, death and legacy of Alan Turing. A man who’s contributions to mathematics, cryptanalysis, logic, philosophy, and biology are legendary and whose involvement in breaking the German naval Enigma code shortened WW II. The screening will be follow by a Q&A and discussion with Patrick Sammon, the film's Executive Producer and creator.

An Evening at Baker & McKenzie with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Friday, June 6, 2014
Host:    Baker & McKenzie
An evening of networking, dance and “Bakertinis”. The evening will begin with a networking reception followed by a performance from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) at the Harris Theatre. The networking reception will feature a “best martini” recipe competition.

LGBT Professional Service Organizations Networking Event
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Host:    Plante Moran
A networking event for LGBT professionals and their allies.  Northern Trust's John McGowan, SVP, and Mark Braun, VP, talked about building a national practice focused on LGBT & nontraditional families.

"Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion"
Friday, May 2, 2014
Host:    Deloitte - GLOBE & Allies Business Resource Group
Deloitte’s Chicago GLOBE & Allies Business Resource Group presented a new model of inclusion presented by Kathleen Candela, Deloitte Chicago Inclusion Leader, and Scott Ballina, Senior Manager for the Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion, based on Deloitte’s white paper entitled, “Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion,” that offers a new approach to achieving inclusion for organizations.

"Unravelling the Financial Confusion Before You Tie the Knot"
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Host:    7FLAG, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's BRG
Marriage equality has come to Illinois! Know anyone planning to tie the knot?  Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois shared what you need to know before you take the plunge and how the new marriage equality laws impact taxes, benefits and more.

AIDS Foundation and Corporate LGBT Leader Networking
Wednesday,    March 26, 2014
Host:    PepsiCo EQUAL
Chicago-area corporate LGBT group leaders participated in a networking reception where they met AFC’s interim President/CEO John Peller and learned about AFC’s ongoing community efforts to curb the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  For more information about AFC, contact Ali Vos at (312) 334-0944 or avos@aidschicago.org

Travel Safely and Up to Half Off!  An Orbitz LGBT Charity Fundraiser
Date:    Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Hosts:    Jenner & Block and Orbitz
Orbitz is Chicago’s hometown travel site and a leading sponsor of LGBT charities and HIV/AIDS organizations for over a decade.  Orbitz partnered with Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center to 
present some easy to learn travel safety skills and programs useful for LGBT travelers.  In addition, a silent auction featured dozens of flight vouchers to destinations worldwide that will benefit numerous Chicagoland LGBT non-profits.
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