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National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day

September 21, 2022

We’re turning up the love again on Michigan Ave to celebrate National Coming Out Day! AT&T Turn Up The Love is continuing our year-round celebration of the LGBTQ+ community at our flagship location in Chicago and this will be our greatest event yet, featuring some of the most incredible LGBTQ+ thought leaders and musical sensations.

Everyone is invited to experience what will be a truly inspiring afternoon and evening of incredible events on Saturday, October 8th. All festivities are in support of Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing the community and securing the health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community of Chicago. Read below for all details and RSVP today! Due to limited occupancy, the guest list must close soon.

TEXT OUT 855-914-5683 TO RSVP
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Comedy & Conversation with Alok Vaid-Menon
Doors Open: 4:30pm
Show: 5pm – 7pm.
Late guests will be admitted at intermission.

Coming out means being yourself, even when it hurts. Hear from one of the most inspiring voices in the world, Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them), and be one of the very first to experience their new poetry-comedy show. Then, prepare to be enthralled by a panel conversation about what it means to come out and be out today.

Alok is an internationally acclaimed writer, performer and public speaker. As a mixed-media artist, their work explores themes of trauma, belonging and human condition. Alok’s time on the stage will continue as they sit down with four other incredible humans for a deeply meaningful panel conversation.

Aydian Dowling (he/him) is an entrepreneur, model, fitness and life coach, and transgender activist. Taylor Bennett (he/him) is an American rapper and LGBTQ+ youth activist. Luke Romesberg (he/him) is the Director of Youth Housing Services at Center On Halsted. Brian Terada (he/him) is the founder of Be Free and will moderate the conversation.


Concert Celebration with Taylor Bennett & Betty Who
Doors Open: 8pm
Show: 8pm – 11pm

Celebrate with us as we literally turn up the love with three incredible musical performances by our artists.

Malia Civetz (she/her) kickstarts the night. Get excited by listening to her song “Broke Boy” and by watching her episode of Turn Up the Love Take Me Higher. A rising songstress and vocal powerhouse, Malia will set the stage for the entire night. We love to see her rise!

Taylor Bennett (he/him) is a Chicago-local and queer hip hop artists who is carving his own path as an independent music artist, entrepreneur and advocate. He is a major voice for the LGBTQ+ community and homeless youth amongst other initiatives. Listen to his new album now. We’re proud to see him shine.

Betty Who (she/her) is an Australian-American pop trailblazer and a classically trained singer, dancer, composer, multi instrumental artist, and TV host. She’s an LGBTQ+ icon and we love her infectious, always-inclusive artistry. Her forthcoming album BIG! is out on October 14th. Betty Who and her dancers always come ready to party — so YOU can get ready for the set by listening to her latest songs “She Can Dance” and “Blow Out My Candle” now!


TEXT OUT 855-914-5683 TO RSVP
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AT&T is unwavering in our commitment to connect the LGBTQ+ community to advocacy, inspiring content, and uplifting events because we all deserve love, acceptance, and most of all – equality. If you can’t make it to this event, keep visiting Turnupthelove.com for future events.

About Center on Halsted Center on Halsted is the most comprehensive community center in the Midwest dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community in Chicago. The vision of the organization is a thriving LGBTQ community living powerfully in supportive, inclusive environments. For more information, visit www.centeronhalsted.org.