“WHEREAS, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) commumt1es of Chicagoland are an integral part of the vibrant culture and climate of Chicago land; and
WHEREAS, the diverse LGBTQ community continues to contribute to the widespread academic, economic, artistic and social spheres within and around our greater community; and
WHEREAS, the month of June was designated Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which occurred in June 1969 and are generally recognized as the catalyst of the LGBTQ rights movement; and
WHEREAS, the LGBTQ communities of Chicago have thoughtfully organized numerous workshops, sporting events, receptions, festival, concerts, plays, dances, and a host of other inspired activities to participate in during the celebration of Pride Month; and
WHEREAS, one of the most historic and highly anticipated events – the 501h Annual Pride Parade – will take place on Sunday, June 30, 2019 bringing together an estimated one million people; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago remains committed to protecting the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities as the power and purpose of this iconic event proves vital in our unified effort to forge a more open and just society; and
WHEREAS, Chicago’s active and involved Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities make an indelible impact upon the quality of life in Chicago, and Pride Month serves as a call to our collective consciousness to persist in the fight to eradicate prejudice and discrimination everywhere:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, LORI E. LIGHTFOOT, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO, do hereby proclaim June 2019 to be PRIDE MONTH IN CHICAGO and encourage all Chicagoans to recognize the enduring efforts and ongoing contributions of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities within our city and to our country.”
The proclamation was signed May 22, 2019.
Throughout June, Chicago – like many cities across the country – will observe Pride Month with parades, parties, street festivals, memorials and more.
The Pride Proclamation was established by former Mayor Richard M. Daley.