Chicago celebrates marriage equality with PRIDE

By Symone Smith (Junior)

Chicago kicked off it’s annual Pride Parade Sunday, June 28, and hundreds were front row center.

The month of June is Chicago’s gay pride month, so there was no better way to end it than with a celebratory parade. People from all over Chicago walked in the parade that started at Montrose and Broadway and ended at Diversey and Sheridan Road.

Smith attended her first Pride Parade, an historic one following the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage.
Smith attended her first Pride Parade, an historic one following the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage.

Having being my first time, I didn’t know what to expect from this four-hour parade. I just knew it had to be a lot of fun with people from all ages, races, and sexual orientations coming together to enjoy the festivities.

Going in fresh, I was able to acquire more of the beauty that there was in this amount of freedom everyone had.

Every year it seems that the parade is wild but this year there was more elation because of the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage throughout all of the fifty states on June 26.

Exactly two day before the parade the LGBTQ community got the equality that they have been working toward for over fifty years.

The decision shook the nation. Social media lit up with #LOVEWINS and conversations about the struggle that America has overcome.

Of course not everyone was happy with the decision, and it’s important to remember it was decided at 5-4 in the Supreme court.

Despite the mixed thoughts on the decision, Chicago citizens came together and celebrated the equality of love and matrimony. Dancing in the streets, listening to music, and hanging out with friends–the city of Chicago truly came together.

Chicago gets a really bad ra

p for it’s violence and lack of community but for one day, we all came together as equal citizens and had the time of our lives.


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