WINDY CITY TIMES
||West Side Pride ends June with rally, ball and call to action
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On June 30, West Side Pride closed Pride Month with a rally and call to action followed by a celebratory ball.
The eventco-sponsored by Life is Work, Pride Without Prejudice, Brave Space Alliance and Taskforce Preventionsought to spotlight the chronic neglect of Chicago's West Side as well as Black and Brown communities. The rally took place under a bridge at Monroe and Kenton avenues, followed by a ball at the activity space at Taskforce Chicago, 9 N. Cicero Ave. The event also included the participation of The Adolescent Young Adult Research at the Core Center.
Despite a sudden downpour, activists and onlookers spoke at the rally without complaint. Among the speakers were Life Is Work founder/CEO Zahara Bassett; Taskforce manager and author Reyna Ortiz; associate director at Broadway Youth Center and Pride Without Prejudice march organizer Fredy Robert Ramirez; and longtime Chicago trans Latina community activist Monica Fernandez.
The chant "Invest in the West" permeated the rally as speakers pointedly demanded Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to start paying attention to what is neededparticularly for transgender individuals, in the area. Fernandez said, "We need unity in the community!" She also spoke out about job opportunities for transgender individuals and more resources being made available. Ortiz spoke about the steadily rising murder rate of trans women of color and the need for more community involvement on their behalf.
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