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 2022-08-31
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Chicago's 44th annual Pride Parade focuses on marriage
Photo spreads and video links included
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2013-06-30

This article shared 2 times since Sun Jun 30, 2013
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

      More Photos


Photo spread #1 by Tim Carroll here: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php .

Photo spread #2 by Tracy Baim here: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php .

Photo spread #3 by Kate Sosin here: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php .

Photo spread #4 by Ed Negron here: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php .

Photo spread #5 by Steve R. here: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php .

Chicago's 44th Annual Pride Parade kicked off June 30 under sunny skies and mild temperatures, with a heavy focus on bringing marriage equality to Illinois.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel led the parade, with Gov. Pat Quinn following later in the parade.

Serving as grand marshal was former NFL player Wade Davis, who was followed by Members of the NFL Players Association.

Hundreds of thousands lined the route in Uptown and Lakeview, in what appeared to be a relatively safe event.

According to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien, more than one million attended the parade.

Pfeiffer said that overall, he felt the parade was a success.

"I think it went very well," said Pfeiffer. "It was a balance of the social and political."

Spirits were high just days after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and California's ban on same-sex marriage. But many contingents focused on equal marriage in Illinois, where the Illinois House failed to vote the issue in May.

The marriage shortfall sparked backlash against out gay representatives and other sponsors and prompted a petition calling for their removal from the parade.

Rep. Greg Harris, chief sponsor of the legislation, gathered a large contingent of politicians and marched without incident. Accompanied by hundreds of marchers, the group sported shirts that read, "I'm a yes for marriage equality."

Elected officials in that group included Reps. Deb Mell, Kelly Cassidy, Lou Lang and Sara Feigenholtz. State Sens. Daniel Biss and Mike Frerichs were also present.

They marched in close proximity to Illinois Unites for Marriage, the coalition of groups organizing for equal marriage. Coalition organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Lambda Legal, Equality Illinois and The Civil Rights Agenda were also represented, in a massive show of support for equal marriage.

But many of those not working on marriage also displayed Illinois Unites for Marriage signs throughout the parade.

Religious representation was also high in the parade, with dozens of churches and faiths represented in a contingent that stretch over two blocks in lengths.

Other favorite entries included Asians & Friends of Chicago, whose "Gayflower" boat was topped by a person dressed entirely in popcorn; a large race car-themed float by Sidetrack bar; Windy City Cowboys; a shiny silver and pink float by The Baton Show Lounge; a huge and colorful entry by Balloons by Tommy; and the American Veterans for Equal Rights large American flag, among others.

Anti-gay protesters appeared to be small in numbers, and spectators largely drowned them out with cheers for the parade.

Pfeiffer said that major incidents had not been reported. Ambulances were called for people suffering alcohol poisoning and heat exhaustion along the route. At least one fight broke out at Oakdale and Broadway. Crowd control was required at Clark and Halsted.

According to police, the day saw 52 arrests, with 50 misdemeanors and two felonies. Details on the felonies were not immediately available.

Elected officials included Ill. Lte. Gov. Sheila Simon, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka; Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, Treasurer Maria Pappas, Commissioners Jesus Garcia and Jeff Tobolski, Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown; U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin; U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Robin Kelly and Jan Schakowsky; Alds. Tom Tunney, James Cappleman, Bob Fioretti, Scott Waguespack, John Arena, Danny Solis, Joe Moreno; the Alliance of Illinois Judges, lesbian and gay judges including Judge Nancy Katz. Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy also participated, rising in front of the Gay Officers Action League contingent. A spokesperson for Attorney General Lisa Madigan said that she also marched.

Videos by Tracy Baim:

Pride Parade Chicago 2013 Nettelhorst School, Vernita Gray

Chicago Pride Parade veterans carry American flag, 6-30-2013

Chicago Pride Parade - Veterans, GLASS, Lake View High School, 6-30-2013

Chicago Pride Parade-Toni Preckwinkle, Dorothy Brown, Gov. Quinn

Chicago Pride Parade-Rep. Quigley, Ald. Tunney, Sen. Dick Durbin

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Lakeside Pride Band

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—LGBT Police

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Dykes on Bikes, Balloons by Tommy

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Capital Pride band from Ohio

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Organized Chaos Motorcycle

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Baton, Chamber, Lakeview

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—PFLAG and Religious groups

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Baton, Chamber, Lakeview

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—PFLAG and Religious groups

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Religious, Asians & Friends and more

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Marriage groups, Rep, Schakowsky, CBGMC

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Bozo, Vida Sida, Anita Alvarez

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Folia Brazil and Ride for AIDS

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Sidetrack, Unite Here, NOW

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Rep. Mell, Sheila Simon, Robin Kelly

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—ROTC, Orbitz Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—ACLU, hockey, Rep. Greg Harris

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Rainbow Flag, pilots and airlines and Bulls

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Windy City Cowboys and Antronios

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Filipino and Athletic groups, plus more

Chicago Pride Parade June 30, 2013—Trikone, Gender Society, Puppies, PepsiCo

Chicago Pride 2013—Mary's, Charlie's, Chgo Spirit Brigade and more

Chicago Pride 2013—GLN and Bradley Manning banner

Chicago Pride 2013—Heartland Alliance, Hideaway, ComEd

Chicago Pride 2013—Mary's, Charlie's, Chgo Spirit Brigade and more

Chicago Pride 2013—GLN and Bradley Manning banner

Chicago Pride 2013—Heartland Alliance, Hideaway, ComEd

Chicago Pride 2013—Miss Foozie, PAWS, AT&T, Threadless

Chicago Pride 2013—SGI Buddhists, Walgreens, Local881

Chicago Pride 2013—Touche Leathermen, JoJo Baby with Berlin and more



This article shared 2 times since Sun Jun 30, 2013
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

NATIONAL Gay political contest, trans man killed, Kansas Pride, researcher dies 2022-10-02
- In New York, two gay candidates, Democrat Robert Zimmerman and Republican George Santos, are running to fill the seat vacated by Democrat Tom Suozzi in New York's 3rd Congressional District—marking the first time in U.S. history ...


Gay News

City asks Bloomington LGBTQ+ bar to remove Pride artwork 2022-09-25
- The city of Bloomington, Illinois has asked an LGBTQ+ bar to remove its Pride decorations, according to Central Illinois Proud. Last month, The Bistro, hosted its annual downtown Pridefest with at least 6,000 attendees from all ...


Gay News

BOOKS 2022 #BannedTogether virtual auction taking place Sept. 22-25 2022-09-22
- On Sept. 22-25, non-profit organization Pride and Less Prejudice (PLP) will hold its second annual #BannedTogether virtual auction to raise $10,000 to send 800 LGBTQ+-inclusive books to elementary schools across the United States and Canada. The ...


Gay News

WORLD Malta PM, Kenya official, Kharkiv Pride, sex-education campaign 2022-09-18
- Malta Prime Minister Robert Abela has promised reforms for the country's LGBTQ+ community, including free gender-affirming surgery for trans people, according to PinkNews. In an interview with ONE Radio, he said, "I believe that social reform ...


Gay News

THEATER PrideArts appoints new managing director, three new board members 2022-09-14
- The board of directors of PrideArts—the Uptown-based theater company focused on presenting queer stories on live stages and virtual platforms—announced the appointment of Amber Mandley (she/her/hers) as Managing Director, a ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Protests, Respect for Marriage Act, photographer, Fla. Democrat 2022-09-11
- The Inland Empire Pride festival in Riverside, California, was disrupted when far-right extremists demonstrated outside the event venue, The Advocate reported. Violent clashes erupted between protesters and those attending the ...


Gay News

Campus Pride releases 'absolute worst, most unsafe campuses for LGBTQ+ people' 2022-09-09
-- From a press release - CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Campus Pride released The Worst List documenting the "Absolute Worst, Most Unsafe Campuses for LGBTQ+ Youth." The Worst List is an annual listing of colleges and universities that have chosen to openly ...


Gay News

Campus Pride unveils 'Best of the Best' colleges, universities for LGBTQ+ students 2022-08-24
- Campus Pride—a resource for LGBTQ+ leadership development, diversity inclusion and advocacy within higher education—announced the annual Best of the Best Colleges and Universities for LGBTQ+ students in the United States, recognizing ...


Gay News

NATIONAL: Conn. candidate, trans study, D.C. attacks, Palm Springs Pride 2022-08-14
- LGBTQ Victory Fund-endorsed candidate Erick Russell won the Democratic primary election for Connecticut state treasurer, according to an organizational press release. With this victory, he is on track to become the first out Black LGBTQ+ person ...


Gay News

NYC Black Pride to mark 25th anniversary with events 2022-08-10
- New York City Black Pride is returning this month—and celebrating its 25th anniversary—with a days-long slate of engaging events, including an awards ceremony, discussions and other activities, according to Gay ...


Gay News

Montreal Pride Parade is canceled 2022-08-08
- Citing security concerns, the organizers of the Fierte Montreal Pride Parade abruptly canceled the Aug. 7 event at the last minute, The Washington Blade reported. The other events scheduled at the Esplanade of the Olympic Park—T-Dance ...


Gay News

Pritzker visits UpRising Bakery and Cafe 2022-08-06
- On Aug. 5, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker met with Corrina Sac, owner of Lake in the Hills business UpRising Bakery and Café, as well as leaders from Equality Illinois and Woodstock Pride and Illinois state Rep. ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+-inclusive program for seniors receives Aging Innovations Award 2022-08-02
- AgeOptions' Thrive with Pride program for LGBT+ older adults recently received a 2022 Aging Innovations Award, one of the highest honors presented by USAging to its members. USAging is the national association representing and supporting the ...


Gay News

WORLD Women's rugby, EU vs. Hungary, S. Korea festival, Berlin Pride 2022-07-24
- Trans women could be barred from playing women's rugby in England under new recommendations from the Rugby Football Union (RFU) that will be voted on soon, PinkNews reported. The move is a U-turn from the governing ...


Gay News

Local queer icon DJ's event 2022-07-23
- Darrell Gordon was the guest presenter for the Lunch Bunch at Third Space at Lakeview Presbyterian on June 1 and 30—the beginning and end of both Pride Month and Black Music Month. ...


 



Copyright © 2022 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


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
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     
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.