Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-08-31



Lightfoot marks Pride Month at Legacy Project event
by Matt Simonette

This article shared 1474 times since Tue Jun 8, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Mayor Lori Lightfoot was among the speakers at a June 7 Legacy Project event marking Chicago's 2021 Pride Month observance.

Other speakers at the event, which was moved indoors to Center on Halsted due to inclement weather, included U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky; House Majority Leader Greg Harris; state Rep. Lamont Robinson; Alds. Tom Tunney (44th Ward) and James Cappleman; Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison; Center on Halsted CEO Modesto 'Tico' Valle; and activists Precious Brady-Davis and Mary Morten.

Legacy Project Executive Director and founder Victor Salvo introduced the event by explaining the reasons that led to his organization's founding, emphasizing that the LGBTQ community has a responsibility to learn and preserve its own history.

"We can't ask our friends and allies to do all the work," Salvo said.

Legacy Project, according to its mission statement, "illuminates and affirms the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people to honor their experiences and accomplishments; to collect and preserve their contributions to world history and culture; to educate and inspire the public and young people; and to assure an inclusive and equitable future."

In her remarks, Lightfoot spoke about how the Northalsted corridor and the surrounding neighborhood have for decades been "a beacon of enlightenment" for both city residents and visitors.

"The meaning of this community to the larger LGBTQ diaspora cannot be understated," the mayor said. "It makes a huge difference to see us, to see what we are doing, here in Chicago, in spaces where we gather to make people know that we are unapologetically a community that is important to the history, the present and the future of this city."

Both Schakowsky and Harris, among others, discussed the current political environment, wherein advancements in progressive politics can almost instantaneously be undercut by retrograde anti-LGBTQ legislation. Schakowsky noted, for example, that the House has twice passed the Equality Act, only to stall when the bill is sent on to the other side of the U.S. capitol.

"Now we have to try to get [the Equality Act] passed in the United States Senate," she said.

Harris warned, "The world can change back pretty fast."

Tunney and Valle centered many of their remarks around the AIDS crisis of the '80s, an event that Tunney referred to as "a second Stonewall." Valle said that, in the midst of that crisis, "Our response as a community taught the world how to take care of its own."

Cappleman detailed the long struggle for marriage equality, emphasizing how thrilled and relieved he was to marry his husband. Brandishing his wedding ring, he said, "It's so nice to have this ring, because I grew up as a little boy knowing that I was never going to get married."

Robinson updated the audience on the progress on a South Side LGBTQ community center that he has been shepherding to fruition. He and Brady-Davis both emphasized that LGBTQ individuals live and work citywide.

"The LGBTQ county is not just located in Boystown—it is located all over Chicagoland," said Brady-Davis. She called the June 7 event at the Center "a full circle moment," since she began her career there.

Morten emphasized that the struggle for LGBTQ rights must not just focus on equality but equity. Emphasizing the latter category means ensuring that all community members get the figurative and literal tools they need to succeed as members of the community.

"It's amazing to think how far we have come in the last 20 or so years," Morten said.

That was a sentiment shared by Morrison, who described his own experience coming out.

"It seems that things have changed so much since the days of Sheriff Ogilvie," he said.

This article shared 1474 times since Tue Jun 8, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

NATIONAL Gay political contest, trans man killed, Kansas Pride, researcher dies
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

Newsom signs bill making California a sanctuary state for trans youths
On Sept. 29, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that aims to protect transgender youths and their families from bans against gender-affirming care, the Los Angeles Times reported. Senate Bill 107, by state ...

Gay News

Lightfoot forgoing property-tax increase
Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that there will be no property-tax increase for Chicagoans next year. "Because our economy continues to show better than projected recovery, our city revenues continue to exceed our estimates," Lightfoot said in ...

Gay News

Girl, I Guess releases new voter guide, on election races
-- From a press release - [CHICAGO, IL September 29th] — Author and Editor Stephanie Skora released the latest edition of the widely-read Girl, I Guess Progressive Voter Guide, featuring coverage and endorsements in political races up and down the ballot for ...

Gay News

Chicago alderperson among Victory Fund's endorsed candidates
LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ+ leaders to public office, has endorsed 83 more out LGBTQ+ candidates. Victory Fund has now endorsed 464 candidates running in the 2022 midterms, the most ...

Gay News

EPA launches Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) announced that it is establishing a new national office charged with advancing environmental justice and civil rights. The new Office of Environmental Justice and External ...

Gay News

New Italian prime minister has anti-LGBTQ+ record
Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni—who has rallied against "[LGBTQ+] lobbies" and so-called "gender ideology"—is set to become Italy's first female prime minister, PinkNews reported. Meloni is expected to form Italy's farthest-right ...

Gay News

Michelle Obama among those inducted into Women's Hall of Fame
Attorney/author/former First Lady and native Chicagoan Michelle Obama was among nine women celebrated on Sept. 23-25 as they were inducted into The National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. Other inductees included science-fiction ...

Gay News

City asks Bloomington LGBTQ+ bar to remove Pride artwork
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

NATIONAL Veterans bill, Charlie Crist, Task Force honor, Elton John
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation to assist LGBTQ+ veterans discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) in updating their records and accessing education, health, burial and other benefits available ...

Gay News

Coalition decries Des Plaines candidate training sponsored by anti-LGBTQ+ groups
A coalition of parents, educators and pro-LGBTQ+, pro-equity groups held a press conference Sept. 24 in front of the Courtyard by Marriott Chicago O'Hare hotel in Des Plaines to protest a school-board candidate training being held ...

Gay News

Bisexual, pansexual leaders meet with HHS officials in historic roundtable
For Bisexual Awareness Week, bisexual and pansexual community leaders met with federal agency officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Sept. 20 to discuss remedies to the health disparities facing the bisexual ...

Gay News

Indiana judge blocks state's abortion ban
On Sept. 22, an Indiana judge blocked the state's abortion ban, putting the new law on hold as abortion-clinic operators argue that it violates the state constitution, NPR reported. Owen County Judge Kelsey Hanlon issued a ...

Gay News

Update: Paddock to no longer print LGIS publications
Arlington Heights-based Paddock Publications, parent company of the Daily Herald newspaper, announced Sept. 22 that it was backing out of a deal to print materials for Local Government Information Services (LGIS) after Illinois Gov. ...

Gay News

BOOKS 2022 #BannedTogether virtual auction taking place Sept. 22-25
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 ...


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.







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.