Center on Halsted hosts the following signature events to educate the broader community about our work and to help raise the funds for our diverse and impactful programs and services. Through these events, we acknowledge the great contributions of our benefactors, event partners/sponsors, and our shared work to build and strengthen the LGBTQ community for generations to come.

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Human First

Each year Center on Halsted hosts its signature Human First Performance & Gala to recognize the contributions of individuals, businesses and other organizations to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in Chicago.

Human First provides an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate past accomplishments, while we look forward to the work ahead as we continue to build a human first work, together. In addition to raising vital funds to support Center on Halsted programs and services, the Human First Award and Community Spirit Award will be presented to several outstanding civic leaders for their important contributions to the advancement of Chicago’s LGBTQ movement.

For more information on our Human First Gala click here. .

SANTA SPEEDO RUN -- Northalsted


You’ve never looked better in a speedo…in December!

The Santa Speedo Run – Boystown is more than an excuse to hang out your holiday decorations – it’s also a fun run and celebration to raise money for the Center on Halsted. In 2018, speedo and holiday-clad runners raised more than $80,000! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 at Sidetrack! For more information visit The Santa Speedo Run – Northalsted website!

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Center on Halsted’s annual WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair offers an opportunity for you to reinforce your brand’s commitment to the LGBTQ Community and to reach this key audience. Being a sponsor provides valuable exposure for your brand/business to the LGBTQ community and its allies. The Center’s WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair events are not only great for the attendee but are an effective way of meeting and recruiting LGBTQ job candidates for your business.

Your support increases awareness and visibility for all Chicagoans. Supporting the LGBTQ individuals in the workforce proves that your business understands that commerce includes care and support for the community. Center on Halsted looks forward to working with you as a sponsor or exhibitor for WERQ!

There are several ways you can be involved with the Center on Halsted’s WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair: Sponsorship, Event Participation, and Community Engagement

Sponsorship of the annual WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair as a presenting partner will provide your company with numerous benefits including: premium placement logo recognition, the ability to provide a workshop during the WERQ! Fair, preferred exhibit hall location, and two free tickets to one of the Center’s annual signature events.

Event Participation in the WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair will provide your company with the opportunity to educate job seekers about your business, collect resumes, conduct interviews, and recruit employee candidates. The WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair offers a unique chance to exhibit your company and recruit from within the LGBTQ+ community.

Community Engagement opportunities with the Center on Halsted include the chance to volunteer with event set-up, serve as a greeter, or assist with event breakdown at WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair. Get involved with the Center in other ways such as donating your time to support our Youth Dinner and Senior Lunch programs or helping at one of our signature events.

For additional event information, to sponsor the event, or general information, please email Joey McDonald at

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