Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Archives OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Memories of Pride
2020-06-24

This article shared 1964 times since Wed Jun 24, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


We asked our readers to share some of their favorite Pride memories from years past. Enjoy our shared history!

I never missed a parade and had the feet and stamina to be in heels all day ... so young. You might spot a very young BenDeLaCreme before she became famous. I have tons of photos from over the years. I liked this one.

Frida Lay

2018, Center on Halsted float.

It's always fun and exciting to see all the colorful floats at the Pride parade! As the float says, "Come out, come out, whoever you are" and join the fun!

Linda "Kizzy" Ramos

We saw each other at Yolk on Diversey and had to take a picture together with our rainbow selves. A beautiful, joyful, proud moment.

Bill Bettencourt

It was the year of the United States Bicentennial when Diane photographed the 7th Annual Gay Pride Parade. The parade was a declaration of independence with marchers and floats on North Broadway Street, while traffic ran in the opposite direction.

"Kickoff," The Chicago Gay Pride Parade 1976,

Diane Alexander White

Pride 2018, my second favorite day only to Christmas. L to R: Our daughter Meta, me and daughter-in-law Joy Christopher. They've been married for 16 yrs. Their first parade marching, my 19th. They surprised me with the T-shirts, which moved me to tears ( all four parents' names are on the back ).

Proudly,

Phil Kroker,

PFLAG Oak Park

I've been to the last 40 Chicago Pride parades. Every parade since 1979. During that time, it's gone from a march with cars still parked on the street to the five-hour-long corporate extravaganza it is today. I know that many people don't go anymore due to the changes, but for me, it's always been about spending the day with friends and celebrating together. Our current group still includes some of the same people as it did in the 1980s. I've been in the parade, on the sidelines, on porches, and one year had a 'skybox view' from an apartment above. We've cheered on mayors, veterans, dykes on bikes, Bozo and more recently, the AARP float. While I know that we don't have to have a parade to have "Pride", I will really miss the fun- and friend-filled day this year.

Terri Klinsky

The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches are 80+ houses of worship sharing a witness that whatever universal power you believe in loves you as you were made and exist in this world. Love the energy we get from the crowd when we march through.

Brent

Full of love and pride! Kathleen & Lora.

Lora Shade

Growing up in Tennessee, there were no Pride parades when I lived there. After relocating to Chicago and coming out of the closet, I made sure never to miss one, either by watching from the sidelines or dancing on top of a float!

Jerry Nunn

Pride 2010. Walked 'til my feet bled, met so many wonderful people my first year in a new city and made friends that lasted a lifetime.

Andi Gray

Getting ready to march with the Hell In A Handbag float, Pride 2016.

Aaron Smith

A picture of me at my most significant Pride celebration could never have been taken because I was hiding my face in the crowd. In 1992, I was nearing the end of a 20-year Air Force career, afraid to be spotted at a gay event due the outright ban on gays serving in the military that preceded Don't Ask, Don't Tell. I watched the parade from deep in the crowd, wearing a hooded T-shirt low over my eyes and darting away from any television camera I spotted. I'm pictured here two years later and newly out of that life-long military closet, riding high above the crowd on the Windy City Times/Nightspots float and waving my rainbow flag at every television camera I see.

Jean Albright

In 2008, my late husband John Pennycuff and I rode near the front of the parade in a convertible bearing "Just Married" signs. We proudly displayed our marriage license, having been married in San Francisco a few days earlier. The energy, excitement and scream of "Congratulations!" from the crowd were electrifying!

Robert Castillo

My favorite Pride memory has to be my first Pride spent with my girlfriend in 2018. We had been dating almost six months and I was really excited to experience it with her. Now we try to support as many POC LGBTQ+ events and fundraisers as we can.

Pauline Zavala

My first Pride ever, 1996. Here I am with my college friends ( and one girl none of us can seem to remember ). My friends Al and Amy's mom and dad are the quintessential PFLAG parents and we marched with the organization. I was not prepared for the outpouring of love that day.

Kirk Williamson

I attended the Chicago Pride Parade on June 30, 2019, with my best friend from England. She was in the country for the week and with both of us being LGBT+, we had to go to a Pride parade. We drove eight hours round-trip to Downtown Chicago for the parade, and even though it poured down rain we had the most amazing time.

Demi Lawrence

For Pride 2012, our family rode as plaintiffs aboard the LAMBDA Legal float decorated with one giant sign that simply read "IL LOVE," in support of the fight for marriage equality. As our float winded its way through the parade route, the crowd shouted words of support, "We love you LAMBDA!" "Fight for Us LAMBDA!" Our children waved their rainbow flags and held their "I Love My Family" signs high in the air.

Theresa Santos-Volpe


This article shared 1964 times since Wed Jun 24, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

THEATER Pride Arts artistic director resigns; PFP keeps Zak
2020-11-12
Two controversial developments have occurred at Pride Arts (in which Pride Films & Plays, PFP, is the main tenant). According to a letter from PrideArts President Cheri Tatar that Windy City Times obtained, PFP Artistic Director ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2020 Presidential contest stays tight; LGBTQs make history (UPDATES)
2020-11-03
As of 11 p.m. on Election Night (Nov. 3), the race for U.S. president between Joe Biden and current Chief Executive Donald Trump was considered too close to call. Biden was projected to win Illinois. The ...


Gay News

Sarah McBride of Delaware first trans State Senator in U.S. history
2020-11-03
Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Sarah McBride won her election for the Delaware state Senate, becoming the first out transgender person ever elected to a state senate seat anywhere in the United ...


Gay News

LGBTQ HISTORY: Century of Gay Rumors Surround Miami's Iconic Vizcaya Estate
2020-10-29
An opulent manse in Miami, James Deering's Vizcaya has played host to many a wedding, elaborate engagement shoot, and field trips of schoolchildren learning about Miami's past. But it also played a prominent role in local ...


Gay News

LGBT HISTORY: The Intersection Of LGBTQ History And Disability
2020-10-29
Disabled people have long been hidden from history, and unsurprisingly, disabled LGBTQ historical figures too have been hidden. The LGBTQ community itself has been slow to address disability as an issue, yet some of the most ...


Gay News

LGBT HISTORY: SF house includes Joplin, Log Cabin Republicans in its history
2020-10-29
The day Peggy Caserta took acid for the first time changed her life — and that of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood — forever. "They told me it'd help me learn a book I was reading for ...


Gay News

Inclusive curriculum tools offered to schools during LGBTQ History Month
2020-10-20
--From a press release - October is LGBTQ History Month, and a coalition of LGBTQ organizations are celebrating by making tools available to school administrators, educators, youth, and families to help implement the state's new Inclusive Curriculum Law. The Illinois Inclusiv ...


Gay News

LGBT HISTORY: Surviving the Silence, The Unexpected Story of Col. Pat Thompson
2020-10-17
In 1989, U.S. Army Col. Margarethe (Grethe) Cammermeyer was undergoing a routine security clearance interview when she said four simple words, "I am a lesbian." At the time, she was a highly decorated nurse and war ...


Gay News

LGBT HISTORY: QAnon's 'SaveOurChildren' slogan has long anti-LGBT history
2020-10-17
Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen recently shared devastating news with her social media followers: she and her husband, singer John Legend, had lost their child halfway through her pregnancy. She shared heartbreaking black-and-white photos of ...


Gay News

LGBT HISTORY MONTH: SF supe vows to landmark Lyon-Martin house
2020-10-17
A San Francisco supervisor has vowed to landmark the home where the late lesbian pioneering couple Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin lived throughout most of their 54 years together. Historic preservationists, friends of the couple, and ...


Gay News

Campus Pride announces 2020 Best of the Best LGBTQ-friendly colleges, universities
2020-10-14
--From a press release - Campus Pride commemorates LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day by releasing its 2020 BEST OF THE BEST LGBTQ-Friendly listing of colleges and universities. The announcement features forty campuses ...


Gay News

Legacy Walk inducts singers Mercury and Sylvester
2020-10-13
Musicians Freddie Mercury and Sylvester became the latest inductees onto the Legacy Walk, the Northalsted landmark functioning as an open-air museum paying tribute to notable members of the LGBTQ community. Thanks to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, ...


Gay News

WGN-TV features the life and times of Windy City Times
2020-10-11
Video link below - WGN-TV produced and aired on Oct. 9 a segment on the history and contributions of Windy City Times, co-founder/owner Tracy Baim, staff, contributors and delivery crew. The segment was reported by WGN's Sean Lewis. Windy City ...


Gay News

History initiative pairs NYC and LA LGBTQ groups
2020-10-05
--From a press release - Organizations from two cities rich in LGBT history, New York City and Los Angeles, are teaming up for the annual social media event #MuseumInstaSwap. Tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 6), the NYC LGBT ...


Gay News

LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH: United States Naval Academy evolves with LGBTQ acceptance
2020-10-01
By Jeremy Rodriguez - Before graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1985, Paula Neira had difficulties accepting she was trans. "I was fighting this internal battle, but asking for help would've gotten me kicked out," Neira said. ...


 



Copyright © 2020 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


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Archives OUT! Guide    Marriage


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.