Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Aurora City Council committee greenlights city's 1st Pride Parade
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2018-02-14

This article shared 905 times since Wed Feb 14, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Aurora's City Council Government Operations Committee approved, by a vote of 2 to 0, Indivisible Aurora's permit request to hold the city's first Pride Parade on June 17 at 1 p.m.

The vote took place Feb. 13 at Aurora City Hall amidst a packed house of more than 100 people, a majority of them LGBTQ supporters, after a three-month delay due to local religious leaders concerns.

Aldermen Rick Mervine and Judd Lofchie voted in favor of the measure while Committee Chair and Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns did not vote or voice her abstention.

Newly elected African-American Mayor Richard Irvin urged the committee to approve the parade ahead of the vote.

The parade was spearheaded by Indivisible Aurora founder and Executive Director Chuck Adams, who also spoke during the meeting.

Prior to the vote, Hart-Burns noted her objection to the date of the parade ( Father's Day ), what transpired in the intervening months between parade organizers and committee members, and religious leaders request for an impact study to be done before the committee voted. During her remarks, Hart-Burns appeared to be hostile to having the parade and repeated that she still did not have the answers she needed on this issue.

Aurora Community Relations and Public Information Special Events Manager Gina Moga explained the approval process for new events. Moga noted June 17 was the only open Sunday on the city's event calendar during pride month.

Both proponents and opponents of the parade made statements prior to the vote.

Chuck Adams ( who also noted his preferred pronouns ) noted the suicide statistics among LGBTQ youth and said the parade has the potential to save lives.

"It is about ensuring that every member of the LGBTQ community knows they are an important part of the fabric of this community," said Adams. "It is about affirming a population that has been beaten, shamed, ostracized and told to stay in the closet. Today we kick that closet door wide open in Aurora."

Adams' remarks drew applause from the crowd.

Aurora resident and New England Congregational Church Rev. Gary McCann noted his church is LGBTQ affirming and said having a Pride Parade in the city is the right thing to do.

The mother of a transgender son and longtime Aurora resident, Joanne Kenyon, asked the committee to approve the parade while HRC Chicago Steering Committee member Penelope Garcia ( who identifies as transgender ) said this vote goes beyond a parade.

Aurora residents Margaret and Howard West, parents of a transgender lesbian daughter, also voiced their support for the parade. Both noted that the vote should note have required this much controversy and LGBTQ people pay taxes and vote and they should be afforded the same rights as everyone else.

UCC minister Rev. Karon Van Gelder noted that it was easier to get Detroit's Pride Parade approved 40 years ago while Open Door Clinic Aurora's Sally Bice spoke about the discrimination that her patients face and how much this parade would mean to them.

Aurora Human Relations Commission Vice-Chair William Small read the city ordinance that includes an LGBTQ non-discrimination clause and urged the committee to approve the permit.

Among the parade opponents were speakers Marjorie Logman, Tim Padilla and A Future and A Hope Foundation Executive Director Dan Hass.

Logman brought up the controversy surrounding last year's Toronto Pride Parade, the "problems" she believes the parade might bring to the city and the parade date to explain why she objects to the parade.

Padilla noted that he has stood with the Chicago Pride Parade opponents at the end of the parade route in the past.

"Aurora has been a family town and the Pride Parade is not a family event," said Padilla. "Seeing naked people on a float gyrating is not what people need to see in Aurora. Keep it in Chicago."

Following the vote, cheers erupted from the audience.

"The vote is a victory for all of Aurora, not just Indivisible Aurora or the LGBTQ community," said Chuck Adams. "This is a move to a more inclusive city that Mayor Richard Irvin has made a priority."

Pride Parade Planning Co-Chair Kimberly Adams ( married to Chuck Adams ) explained that Indivisible Aurora will be paying for the entire cost of the parade and they have already raised half of the money. She said people will now be able to apply to march in the parade and noted the application will be made available in the coming days.

"We are going to work closely with the city to have vendors present, advertise so Aurora businesses will be flooded with customers and are hoping to have a wide variety of parade participants from across the city," said Kimberly Adams. "We are excited that we get to move forward after tonight's vote."

As attendees were leaving the building, a few members of the anti-LGBTQ group Love Kills Pride were handing out palm cards.

A number of parade supporters celebrated their victory at the nearby Ballydoyle Irish Pub.

This vote came on the heels of a letter written by ACLU of Illinois Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Glenberg to City of Aurora Corporation Counsel Richard Veenstra stating that the reasons behind the objections to the parade were a violation of the first amendment. A written statement also came from by Equality Illinois CEO Brian C Johnson urging the committee to stop delaying the vote and approve the permit.

See www.facebook.com/IndivisibleAurora/ and twitter.com/indivisibleil11 for more information and to make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/aurorapride2018 .


This article shared 905 times since Wed Feb 14, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Activists speak about former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's LGBTQ legacy 2021-10-14
by Max Lubbers - LGBTQ+ advocates reflected on former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's legacy at Center on Halsted Oct. 13, discussing his role in the city's Human Rights Ordinance and outreach to the LGBTQ+ community. A display of 1980s Windy ...


Gay News

Rosa Escareno named interim head of Chicago Park District 2021-10-13
- Former Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Commissioner Rosa Escareno has been named the interim general superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District. In an Oct. 13 statement, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ...


Gay News

President Biden appoints Debra Shore to key EPA position 2021-10-12
--From a press release - Washington, DC — Today President Joe Biden appointed former LGBTQ Victory Institute board chair Debra Shore to be the next Region Five Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency — representing six states in the Midwest and ...


Gay News

WORLD Japan politics, video games, lesbian tennis player, Mr. Gay World 2021-10-10
- LGBTQ+-rights activists were hoping Japan would finally allow same-sex marriage if Taro Kono, who has publicly supported same-sex marriage, became the country's next prime minister—but their hopes were dashed. Japan's ...


Gay News

Chicago Park CEO resigns amid sexual-harassment scandal 2021-10-10
- On Oct. 9, Chicago Park District CEO and General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly announced his resignation amid a controversy over sexual harassment and abuse, WGN-TV reported. Kelly released a statement to the public and Board President ...


Gay News

Activist Rick Garcia seeks to be MWRD commissioner 2021-10-09
- Longtime LGBTQ- and human-rights activist Rick Garcia announced he is running for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), and has asked Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker to appoint him to the seat Debra Shore is vacating to ...


Gay News

Homophobic comments from N.C. lieutenant governor surface 2021-10-08
- Controversy is swirling around North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson after video surfaced of what he said at a June event, according to ABC11.com. There's no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child ...


Gay News

Toni Preckwinkle addresses security incidents 2021-10-08
- Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle released a statement regarding two recent situations connected with her security detail. "In the past few months, there have been two separate incidents when members of my Executive Detail have ...


Gay News

Report: Debra Shore to run EPA's Midwest operations 2021-10-07
- Debra Shore—a longtime commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and member of the LGBTQ+ community—will be selected to run Midwest operations for the Environmental Protection Agency, according to Politico. ...


Gay News

Report: Older LGBTQs lack access to healthcare, financial security, caregiving 2021-10-05
--From a press release - Chicago — LGBTQ older adults across Illinois are struggling to get the healthcare, financial security and caregiving support they desperately need, according to a new report from AARP Illinois and SAGE released today. The disparities, outlined ...


Gay News

"I can't be silent": Michael O'Connor discusses his longtime activism 2021-10-04
By Kayleigh Padar - Years ago, longtime activist Michael O'Connor heard that some Black legislators in Illinois didn't want to support the Marriage Equality Act because they didn't believe Black people would benefit from same-sex marriage. He decided to prove ...


Gay News

New Supreme Court session: Religion dominates 2021-10-04
- First in the spotlight as the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new session Monday (October 4) is the seemingly precarious state of the right to abortion, an issue LGBT groups have long considered to be of ...


Gay News

Out state Sen. Mike Simmons aims to 'prioritize people' in economic, healthcare equity fight 2021-10-04
- Each week, Illinois state Sen. Mike Simmons' constituents pile into his office to share ideas about how to improve their lives. Through conversations with single mothers raising young children in poverty, residents facing displacement and teenagers ...


Gay News

WORLD Movie items, tennis survey, German politics, Thai court 2021-10-03
- Kenya's Film Censorship Board (KFCB) banned I Am Samuel, claiming the documentary—which has a gay protagonist—contravenes Kenyan values, Human Rights Watch noted. In a statement, the KFCB denounced the film ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Black AIDS Institute, non-binary person attacked, Rachel Maddow 2021-10-03
- The board of directors of the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) announced the appointments of Toni Newman as its interim chief executive officer and Dr. Kemal M. Atkins as managing director, a press release noted. In addition, ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.