Miller Lite and Equality Illinois to hold first Open & Proud Town Hall

Miller Lite and Equality Federation announce the first Open & Proud Town Hall, to be held in Chicago. The Open & Proud initiative aims to create safe, inclusive spaces at bars for the LGBTQ community. 

The program features a series of town hall events where LGBTQ individuals over 21 will share their candid, open experiences, and thoughts on how bars can be made more inclusive. The results will be used to develop training materials for the 55,000 bars where Miller Lite is sold.  

The first Open & Proud Town Hall is happening in Chicago in partnership with Equality Illinois, Equality Federation’s local chapter offering an opportunity to witness the insightful discussion from intersectional members of the LGBTQ community. 

Event details are as follows: 

Open & Proud Town Hall 

Thursday, August 12th 

6:00pm CT (doors open at 5:30pm) 

Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613) 

RSVP Link:

Kim Hunt, Executive Director of Pride Action Tank 
Myles Brady Davis, Director of Communications at Equality Illinois 
Milani Varela, drag queen, activist, CDC Ambassador for “Let’s Stop HIV Together” 

Jo Mama, Chicago drag queen, community advocate and one of the organizers behind Drag March for Change 

Post-Town Hall Happy Hour: 
Celebratory happy hour happening across the street at North End (3733 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613) 

“Since 2017, Miller Lite has been a true advocate for our organization at the national and local level, and the brand has a deep history of being an outspoken ally for the LGBTQ community,” says Fran Hutchins, Executive Director at Equality Federation. “Continuing our partnership, we’re excited to be supporting Open & Proud, a grassroots program that takes a listening-first approach to help address the LGBTQ community’s unique challenges and needs as it relates to bars.”

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