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Boystown Needs More Than A Name Change To Make LGBTQ Neighborhood Truly Welcoming, Activists Say

The Northalsted Business Alliance will no longer use the "Boystown" nickname, but activists say little has been done to tackle issues of racism, sexism and transphobia among the business community.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

Is It Time To Rename Boystown? Survey Asks Chicagoans To Come Up With More Inclusive Gayborhood Name

Some LGBTQ community members are calling on the famous Chicago gayborhood to drop its gendered nickname, claiming it perpetuates sexism and other discrimination in the neighborhood.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

As Boystown Reckons With Racism And Transphobia, Petition Demands Gender-Neutral Name Change

A recent petition claims that Boystown's nickname promotes the neighborhood as being "for the boys," discouraging women from participating in the community.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

Black LGBTQ Activists Launch Foundation Seeking Equity In Boystown — And Beyond

“We as black queer folks are not looking for white saviors. We are looking for white soldiers,” said Jamie Frazier, lead pastor at Lighthouse Church.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

Group Calls For Beatnix Boycott After Boystown Store Owner Called Cops On Customers Who Complained About Confederate Flag Vest

After news of the incident surfaced, former employees came forward to discuss other racist behavior seen in the longtime costume shop.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

Rap Ban May Be Lifted At Progress Bar, But Boystown Needs To Confront Its History Of Racism, Activists Say

This weekend, protesters near Progress Bar said there have been several concerning incidents in Boystown recently — and they're fighting back.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

Boystown Gay Bar Under Fire After Announcing Rap Music Ban: This Is ‘Racist As F—,’ Critics Say

In response to the rapid social media backlash, Progress Bar said everyone was welcome and urged people not to "read too much into this."

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville

Boystown’s Rainbow ‘Legacy Walk’ One Step Closer To Landmark Status

The Art Deco-style rainbow pylons along North Halsted Street that pay homage to LGBT history are one step closer to gaining status as Chicago landmarks.

Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville