Thousands packed the streets in Chicago for an unofficial gay pride march despite Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the first openly gay mayor, canceling the official annual event because of her worries over the coronavirus.
The gay pride parade has roots in the Windy City going back to 1972 and has taken place in the Boystown area of the city until this year, when it was canceled over the coronavirus.
Hundreds flocked to the march flogged by social media posts until thousands were massed in close proximity for a two-mile demonstration into Uptown.
“The reason the march is so important is to highlight those lives that we lost and highlight the people whose lives may not have been lost, but have been wrecked just because they exist openly,” Ashabi Owagboriaye told ABC 7.
YTD: 332 killed, 1394 wounded#Chicago https://t.co/w4VfPpwxii — HeyJackass.com (@w_h_thompson) June 29, 2020
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) June 28, 2020
Having bright and beautiful memories today of the 2019 Chicago Pride Parade. Pride matters! Inclusion for all!! pic.twitter.com/I6ZT9Z0N4T
— ChicagoTeachersUnion (@CTULocal1) June 28, 2020
Cops chill as Pride partiers overtake Halsted Street ’til 4 a.m. Dance on a patrol car? Sure! Set off fireworks in the middle of a crowd? Why not! Fistfight? Of course! Videos posted.https://t.co/qkGTlaC19v
— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) June 29, 2020
Once upon a time, we lived in “boys town” (aka the gayborhood) in Chicago, & my (now 14yo) son’s school marched in the pride parade, & it was beautiful. I miss those days. 🌈 pic.twitter.com/RGmxTsSEDY
— LSawyerICAHDQ (@LSawyerED) June 26, 2020
This is traditionally #pride weekend in Chicago! And while the parade is not happening, we can still celebrate!For all the people in my life- know you are supported, encouraged & loved to live and pursue your best, most authentic life w/o compromise or shame! Happy Pride y’all! pic.twitter.com/WCVOI3F0sn
— Mr. Arsenie (@MrArsenie) June 28, 2020
Pride Weekend Stupidity
2020: 18 killed, 48 wounded
2019: 5 killed, 55 wounded
2018: 3 killed, 23 wounded
2017: 7 killed, 47 wounded
2016: 8 killed, 50 wounded
2015: 5 killed, 24 wounded
2014: 2 killed, 42 wounded
YTD: 332 killed, 1394 wounded#Chicago https://t.co/w4VfPpwxii
— HeyJackass.com (@w_h_thompson) June 29, 2020