Get Up, Get Out: December 12th to December 19th

by: In Our Words Staff


Hello Windy City and world, welcome to another week of Get Up, Get Out.  If we are missing anything or you would like to add an event, comment below or shoot us a line at

Wednesday, December 12th

Chicago Police Department Transgender General Order Discussion and Town Hall, 6pm, Auditorium Building – Room 244, 430 S. Michigan Ave.

Please, if you are trans* or gender non-conforming or an ally, come to this discussion and explain your experiences with the CPD s and how the system needs change.

From the Facebook event page:

The Civil Rights Agenda, People’s Law Office, Transformative Justice Law Project, Loundy Human Rights Project, and Illinois Gender Advocates will be hosting a discussion and town hall regarding the new policy of the Chicago Police Department’s treatment of transgender individuals. The discussion will involve a review of the new policy as it stands and explanation of specific points and the individuals rights associated with each as well as the exploration of similar policies across the country. After the discussion, the floor will be opened up to the audience for questions and personal experiences with the Chicago Police Department.

Thursday, December 13th 

The Funny Story Show, 7:30 pm, Looseleaf Lounge, 2915 North Broadway

The hilarity continues, now on the second Thursday of every month.  Caitlin Bergh always wrangles an eclectic bunch, meshing stand-ups with storytellers, all in the name of a good laugh.

Queer AMP: With the Fur Coats, Absolutely Not!, and The Recruitment, Door: 8pm/Show: 9pm, Quenchers,  2401 North Western, 21+, $5 

A new monthly night that brings you the finest rock and roll a queer can make and one dollar shots of Malort.  This is one of the most badass nights in the city. This month features performances by the Fur CoatsAbsolutely Not!, and the Recruitment. Support local music and queers in one night, trust us, they are fun people.

From Phantom Note Productions, presenters of QUEER AMP:

” QUEER AMP is a night dedicated to the LGBT Community and will reoccur every 2nd Thursday of the month at Quenchers. Each night will showcase some of the best local LGBT artists in Chicago. Be sure to come out every month and support your local scene. Hell, just come out to party with us regardless!”

Vouge for Tots, 10pm, Berlin, 954 West Belmont

Come to Berlin’s 6 annual ball for a cause!  Werk, strut, and reign and rule the following categories: Runway, Butch Royalty, Glossy Twink, Glamour Dyke, and Vogue the House.  You can enter the competition the night of.  A cadre of queens and local folks will be judging, and if you have the nerve, you might just get some prizes.  Come with an unwrapped new children’s toy.


Saturday, December 15th

Vaudezilla presents Trim! An Xmas Burlesque Craptacular, 10:30, Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont

Most likely the most naughty night of your holiday season, Trim! promises a racous good time with all of your favorite Vaudezilla performers.  Be sure to show up and show love to IOW’s own Kevin Sparrow, I mean Dirty Devlin.


Monday, December 17th

The Veneration of Whores, 7:30, 4203 North Ravenswood


From the Facebook event page:

To commemorate the 10th Annual, December 17th International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers, SWOP-Chicago brings us The Veneration of Whores:

Come enjoy a beautiful evening of celebration & community in Chicago!  Join us as we pay respect to life by honoring our dead and firmly resist ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the institutional and physical violence committed against sex workers worldwide.

EVENTS THIS YEAR INCLUDE: Speakers, Community Commemoration Graffiti Wall,  Special Burlesque & Art Performances, Robyn Few “Patron Saint of Sex Workers” Shrine, Featuring queer DJ All the Way Kay, Candlelight vigil for sex worker victims in 2012,Wine & Tea by donation
Bring yourself and bring a Friend!  Please also consider bringing something healing ,or personal, or special to share/commemorate & glue/write on the community wall; or leave at the “Patron Saint of Sex Workers” Shrine. —-> feather boas, candles, mementos, condoms, poetry, hotel key cards… (get creative!) (glue & markers provided)
Bring some positive energy.  Bring solidarity.  This is an ALL-AGES event, which is Open to the Public. Light Snacks & Refreshments will be Provided!

Tuesday, December 18th

OutLoud Chicago and In Our Words present– Word is Out: Family Photo, 8pm, Town Hall Pub, 3340 North Halstead

from the Facebook:

OutLoud Chicago and In Our Words present: Word is Out, a reading series of queers and company telling their stories. On Tuesday December 18th, we will be sharing stories of family, both given and chosen with the theme Family Photo: Holiday Sweaters Encouraged. Join us at Town Hall Pub 3340 N Halsted, 8pm. $5 admission includes a companion zine with work from show contributors.

With storytelling and comedienne headliner Keslie Huff (The Kates) and hosted by creator and comedian Adam Guerino (Queer Comedy at Zanies,) featuring Jen Bosworth (Why Not Me?) co-creator Patrick Gill (In Our Words blog,) Julia Borcherts (Reading Under The Influence,) Lindsey Gavel (actress) and Archer Coe (Laugh Track at Sidetrack.)

And now to gush at the line up that I, Patrick and so honored to be a part of.  Kelsie Huff, one of the greatest comics in the city, Jen Bosworth, who has been slaying with her one woman show, I don’t know Julia Borcherts, but I like reading things while intoxicated, Lindsey Gavel, you all know how boss she is, and Archer Coe, a staple of Queer Comedy at Zaines.  Everybody, this is going to be amazing.


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