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Pride 2023

Pride 2023
Pride 2023

In ‘We Are Everywhere,’ A Podcaster Seeks To Build Archives Of Trans And BIPOC Queer Elders

Frencia Stephenson launched the podcast focusing on personal stories of marginalized queer people to broaden LGBTQ+ history beyond the perspectives of white, cisgender gay men.


DJ Ariel Zetina Will Make Her Debut At Pitchfork, Bringing Original Music With House Influences

It's hard to pin Zetina’s music down to a single genre. Her confessional songs blend influences of Belizean punta music and House music and are layered with her raw, “bratty” vocals.

West Loop

Meet Annie Xiang, A Queer, Chinese-American Tea Aficionado Bringing Single-Origin Teas To Chicago

Xiang founded Volition Tea in 2021. She sources tea from independent farmers as part of her mission to bring transparency to the industry and foster understanding across communities.


Inside La Cueva, Chicago’s Oldest Latino Drag Bar: ‘It’s A Magical World’

Little Village's La Cueva welcomed LGBTQ+ Latinos and drag performers looking to sing in Spanish and celebrate their culture. Open for 40+ years, it is possibly the oldest Latino drag club in the country.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Queering Barbie’s Dream House: Gerber Hart Library Seeking LGBTQ+ Stories Of Childhood Play

Curators plan to recreate the Barbie dream house in display cases throughout the library, but they’ll pose the dolls based on LGBTQ+ people’s stories about playing as kids.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

This Black, Trans Chicago Couple Is Breaking Barriers And Inspiring Younger Queer People With Their Love

Longtime organizers Myles and Precious Brady-Davis married in 2016 and are now raising two children. They hope their story shows how "trans people of color deserve love, family and dignity."


Searching For Rhonda Renee: A Bar Manager’s Quest To Uncover The Lost History Of Lakeview’s Music Box Lounge 

Music Box once featured women singers, drag shows, its own softball team and a charismatic wrestler-turned-owner. 45 years later, its manager and staff want to tell more of its story and foster queer community in the same space.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Hundreds Of Extra Officers Will Staff Sunday’s Pride Parade

In addition to the added security, the "most experienced" officers will patrol Lakeview in the late-night hours after the parade, interim Supt. Fred Waller said.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

From The Club To The Crib: This Queer Couple Is Raising Twins — And Connecting Other LGBTQ+ Families

Kristen Kaza and Alexis Jennings are sweethearts who met several years ago at the queer dance party Slo 'Mo. Now they're raising twins and fostering community among other LGBTQ+ parents.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Book Bans Be Damned: Chicago’s Queer-Owned Bookstores Won’t Stop Fighting For LGBTQ+ Community

Booksellers at Unabridged Bookstore and Women & Children First said people from all over the country travel to Chicago looking for LGBTQ+ literature.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

At 80, Activist, Model And Artist Stefanie Clark Is Living Her Truth As A Trans Woman

Clark came out as transgender when she was 68. Her life now is about making up for lost time, enthusiastically pursuing her artistic passions and fiercely advocating for LGBTQ+ seniors and people.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Everything You Need To Know About Chicago’s 2023 Pride Parade

Block Club rounded up tips, tricks and other useful information for you to have a fun, safe and memorable Pride Parade.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Here’s How You Can Help Sapphic Nightlife Survive And Thrive

Bring cash, be kind and spread the word about lesbian events — even if you personally can't attend.


Chicago’s Lesbian Bars Vanished For Years, But Sapphic Spaces Are Making A Comeback

Nightlife has long been a cornerstone of the LGBTQ+ community, but this generation of lesbian bar owners and event planners are creating inclusive spaces where all sapphic people are welcome.


At Jennivee’s, A Trans Filipina Baker Is Delighting Lakeview Neighbors With Her Sweet Confections

Jenni Vee launched her namesake bakery in 2017, featuring custom desserts inspired by her Filipino background and American flavors. She's now expanding to Lincoln Park.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

With Wrigley Pop-up, Illinois LGBT Chamber Urges Chicagoans To Support Queer-Owned Businesses

A Shop Pride Pop-Up Market at Wrigley Field is among some the special events the chamber is promoting to raise visibility of queer Chicago business owners.


You Can Explore Chicago’s LGBTQ+ History With New Walking And Bus Tours

Mike McMains, founder of Tours With Mike and creator of the Ugly Buildings tours, has three tours focusing on LGBTQ+ history on the North Side, South Side and Downtown.


South Side Photographer’s Queer Family Archives Provide ‘An Outlet For Our Own Stories’

Photographer Ama Merrell will document couples, parents and kids, chosen families and other examples of familial love as part of the project to "expand the narrative" about queer families.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

This Queer Rogers Park Couple Is Raising 2 Kids With An ‘Abundance Of Love’ — And No Shortage Of Fun

Jung Yoon and AJ Domingo fell in love in 2019. Then the pandemic hit, and the couple started life as a family of four.


At These Chicago Churches, Drag Performers Are Welcomed With Open Arms: ‘God Is Calling On Us To Expand Our Circles’

Chicago church leaders say developing a more inclusive community attracts more parishioners and helps LGBTQ+ people heal from trauma.

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