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Pride 2022

Pride 2022
Pride 2022

Catholic And Queer: Affirmed Church Group Creating A Welcoming Space For LGBTQ Chicagoans

The group is building bridges between Catholicism and LGBTQ Chicagoans. "We are accepting here, we're inclusive and we have a space for you if you're interested."

Lincoln Park, Old Town

How A Puerto Rican, Transmasculine Barber Is Creating An Oasis For Black, Queer And Trans People

“I think that when we make a service that’s made for all of us — if you are servicing queer trans Black folks — then everything else can come afterwards," Jai Rodriguez said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

An Ode To Chicago’s Queer Spaces: Photos Of Pride, Love And LGBTQ+ Joy In Chicago

PHOTOS: Chicago has dozens of special places and events where members of the queer community can find a home, get support — and unapologetically be themselves.


Decades Before Boystown, South Side Jazz Clubs Were A Haven For Queer Chicagoans

From the 1930s through the mid-1960s, drag shows were among Bronzeville and Woodlawn’s hottest nightlife attractions, attracting patrons of all races and sexual orientations.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Third Wave Skate Collective Gives Girls, LGBTQ+ Youth A Welcoming Place To Skate In Little Village

The goal is to empower a non-traditional demographic of young skaters and help them claim space in the neighborhood's skateboarding world.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

‘No Wrong Answers’ Card Game Adds Pride Pack With Help From Shea Couleé, Meg Stalter And Other LGBTQ+ Celebs

Money raised from digital downloads of the Celebrity Pride Pack will go to Brave Space Alliance, a Black- and trans-led LGBTQ+ center.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

‘Pride Ain’t Over’: Pride South Side Returns This Weekend With 3 Days Of Events Celebrating Black Queer People

An organizer said “people will see a different type of Pride” that centers LGBTQ people often overlooked by the city’s Pride celebrations on the North Side.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Lavenderpop, A Black-Owned Greeting Card Line, Celebrates Inclusivity One Design At A Time

Since creating Lavenderpop Greeting Cards in 2004, owner Otis Richardson has expanded to sell his inclusive cards in 11 Jewel-Oscos, Whole Foods and Local Market Foods in South Shore.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Pride Parade Comes Back To Northalsted As LGBTQ People Fear For Their Futures Post-Roe V. Wade

Sunday marks the seventh anniversary of the Supreme Court decision affirming same-sex marriage, a right many felt is at risk under a conservative Supreme Court. "... We have a right to be concerned," one marcher said.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Pride South Side Returning With Parties, Family-Friendly Activities And More For LGBTQ Pride

Pride South Side celebrates Pride Month with a variety of activities, including a mini ball and dance party. It runs July 1-3.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Rainbow Races Launching LGBTQ Sailing School In Jackson Park To Diversify Sport, ‘Build Bridges’ Among Boaters

Rainbow Races, the organization that hosts the annual Pride Flotilla happening Saturday, plans to launch sailing classes in July to get more LGBTQ+ people into the sport.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Mama Gloria, Trans Icon Who Mentored Queer Chicago Youth With Her Charm School, Dies At 76

Gloria Allen, known as Mama Gloria by the younger LGBTQ people she mentored, said in a recent interview that she lived most of her life "out and proud" as a Black, transgender woman.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Want To Watch The Pride Parade And Avoid The Crowds? Here Are Bars And Restaurants With Good Views

Block Club rounded up restaurants near the route where you can try to nab a spot so you can view the parade and its celebrations, but in a slightly calmer setting.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Trikone Chicago Wants To Celebrate LGBTQ South Asians With Its First-Ever Pride Float — But It Needs Your Help

Trikone has long provided community and resources to queer South Asians. Its members hope to raise awareness of their work through a Bollywood-themed float at the Pride Parade.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Andersonville’s Pride House Adds Colorful Unicorn To Its Rainbow Yard Display

While admirers flocked to the house to take pictures last year, there was some online backlash to the display — which is why the couple felt the need to bring it back.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Reclaim Pride Leaders Urge People To Uplift Black Trans Women, Commit To Social Justice: ‘This Is What Pride Should Be About’

The Reclaim Pride March was a merger of the Drag March for Change and Pride Without Prejudice protests, two racial justice demonstrations formed after George Floyd's murder in 2020.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Brave Space Alliance Set To Open Community Center, Shelter For Trans Women In South Shore

The center at 71st and Jeffery and the shelter near 79th and Saginaw will create "a whole new level of security" for LGBTQ+ South Siders, founder LaSaia Wade said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

How A North Side School Changed Its Curriculum To Create A More Inclusive Environment

Bell Elementary students spent a year discussing different identities leading up to their own Pride parade. “We want all students to feel a sense of belonging and representation in our community,” a counselor said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

AIDS Garden Chicago Opens Along Lakefront, Dedicated To The Thousands Lost To The Deadly Epidemic

The memorial was created near the site of the former Belmont Rocks, a popular gathering place for LGBTQ people between the 1960s and 1990s.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

A Black, Queer Woman Created A Skincare Line To Help People Love Their Bodies. Now, She’s Battling To Keep Her Business Going

Itunuoluwa Ebijimi founded Petty Butter in 2016, creating handmade shea butter mixes inspired by her Nigerian heritage. Like many self-made business owners, she's struggled during the pandemic.

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