Our Mission Statement
YLD offers a place for LGBTQ Jews and allies in Chicago to connect. As a group of JUF and YLD, we aim to build and support a stronger, more vibrant Jewish LGBTQ young adult community in Chicagoland.
2016-2017 YLD Pride Committee
YLD Pride Committee Chair
About YLD Pride
Since 2012, JUF through YLD has made a concerted effort to create more outreach and programming geared towards young gay Jews. In fall of 2015, both a name and mission statement were launched. YLD Pride aims to serve the Chicago Jewish LGBTQ community by offering various social and volunteer opportunities that will enhance the Jewish LGBTQ community’s needs. YLD Pride has been tasked with a goal of shaping programming with inclusivity in mind and for LGBTQ Jews to feel more comfortable attending YLD events. Since its inception in 2012, YLD Pride has engaged 400 LGBTQ Jews and their allies.
YLD Pride on Facebook
This Facebook group is meant to be a place to meet, learn about upcoming events, share festivities, and celebrate our pride together!
Upcoming Pride Events
Past Event Archive
Check out our archive of past events!
- YLD Pride’s Pre-Pride Parade Bagel Brunch
On Sunday, June 25, 2017 LGBTQ Jews and their allies joined together at a committee member’s home for this free event of brunch, including Bagels, schmear and OJ, before heading out to watch the Chicago Pride Parade together. We had over 65 friends in attendance! See the Facebook pictures.
- YLD Pride's Women's Wine and Cheese Night
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 PM at Silverstein Base Hillel, YLD Pride women joined together for a night of wine, cheese, and conversation with lesbians, bisexuals, queers, and trans. See the Facebook pictures.
- YLD Pride's Annual YLD Pride Happy Hour
On Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6-8 PM, YLD Pride hosted their 4th Annual Happy Hour at DS Tequila Company. This happy hour was for LGBTQ friends and allies who are interested in getting involved with the Jewish United Fund and YLD Pride. See the Facebook pictures.
- YLD Pride LEADS
JUF YLD's LEADS Program is a great way to meet new people in Chicago and offers an introductory exploration of the Jewish community in a fun, relaxed social setting. For the first time ever, YLD Pride held a LGBTQ LEADS group in Spring 2017! See the event photo here. For information about registering for the next YLD Pride LEADS group, please contact YLD at YLD@juf.org.