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QUEER, ILL, & OKAY is an annual multidisciplinary performance series exploring, challenging, and reinventing narratives about the lives of queer individuals and their relationships to HIV and other forms of mental and chronic illness. Joseph Varisco began the series in 2013 after being diagnosed as HIV positive. He realized that we all know someone whose life has been impacted by illness, and turned to his artistic communities to further understand the relationship between queerness, the body, and chronic illness.


As part of our continued efforts to improve programming and engage community in conversation QUEER, ILL, & OKAY has developed educational workshops in collaborations with Howard Brown Health Center to offer extended resources and information. For more information on current programming options please contact use at




“Queer, Ill and Okay allowed artists the freedom to address their chronic illness in a way that was not tokenizing.” – Chicago Artist Writers (July 2014)


“A show focused on illness—mental as well as physical—may sound morbid, but this show was really about coping, struggling, new determinations, and winning over dire circumstances with cheer and attitude.”  – Windy City Times (July 2014)
















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