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Chicago Pride Parade attracts an estimated 1 million – see picture gallery

Despite new limits on the number of parade entries allowed and a shortened parade route, an estimated 1 million people attended Chicago’s 44th annual Pride Parade yesterday.  Marchers, including many of Illinois’ political leaders and representatives of major corporations, stepped off at noon at the intersection of Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and marched to the intersection of Diversey and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.

The city held its first weekend Pride Festival in Lakeview on the weekend prior to the Parade. Below are some pictures from the parade courtesy of chicagopride.com.

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Petitioners seek to bar politicians from Chicago Pride Parade

A Change.org petition launched after the Illinois House failed to vote on marriage equality before the end of its regular session calls for politicians to be barred from the upcoming Chicago Pride Parade.

The annual celebration through heavily LGBT North Side neighborhoods draws many politicians from the city and throughout the state, even in non-election years. In fact, participation in Chicago’s Pride has often been taken as an early signal of a politician’s support for LGBT causes.

But the Change.org petition states that “105 days have passed in order to gain the amount of votes needed for SB-10 (Illinois’ pending same-sex marriage bill) and then at the moment it needed to be called, we suddenly did not have enough votes so it has now been postponed till November. How could they not hear the people cry out for equality? So why should we be subjected to hear them cry out for votes and elections during our time of being proud of who we are and the battles we have overcome? Not to mention the assault of publications handed out by them or their employees during our festivities–IF YOU CAN’T HELP US–WHY SHOULD WE HELP YOU?”

The petition is addressed to the Illinois House and also the organizers of the 44th annual Pride march.

The petition went up on June 3 and, as of early June 4, had more than 900 signatures.

Meanwhile, the House co-sponsors of the state marraige equality bill have issued an apology to LGBT families who rushed to the capital on May 31 expecting to see history made. 

On the final night of session May 31, openly gay state Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, announced that the bill would not be called before the House adjourned. He said colleagues needed the summer to reconnect with constituents before a vote, possibly in the fall.

Later, House Speaker Michael Madigan announced an extension of the deadline so that the bill could be taken up if Gov. Pat Quinn calls a special session this summer, possibly in August. Lawmakers left Springfield with a lot of unfinished business.

The apology stated, “Like you, we are incredibly disappointed about what happened Friday in Springfield. But let’s not forget something very important: Marriage equality is going to happen.

“As a community, we must come together, assess our strategy, and redouble our efforts in the fight for fundamental fairness. This is not the time for us to splinter – for that is exactly what our opponents want.

“The more united we are in the coming days and weeks, the sooner the bill will get passed – and the sooner our dream of full equality will become a reality.

“We want to extend our sincerest apologies to the families who rushed to Springfield in the waning hours of session to support equality in anticipation of this historic vote. You have been and continue to be our inspiration and we pledge to fight together until we achieve full equality for all Illinois families.”

The letter is signed by state Reps. Christian L. Mitchell, Maria Antonio Berrios, Kelly M. Cassidy, Deborah Mell, Sam Yingling, Lou Lang, Sara Feigenholtz, Naomi D. Jakobsson, Ann M. Williams, Robert F. Martwick, Mike Smiddy, Robyn Gabel, Barbara Flynn Currie, Laura Fine and Harris.

State Sen. Heather A. Steans, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, also signed the letter. The Senate approved the legislation on Valentine’s Day.

Chicago Pride extended to 2 weekends

Chicago’s Pride celebration may be extended to two weekends, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. Traditionally the celebration has been crowded into one weekend close to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York.

The Tribune reported that the Pride parade and the Pride festival, which are organized by different groups, will take place on different weekends.

The report said the plan was an effort to help with crowd control, which has exceeded 800,000 for the parade.

Under the plan, the festival is Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23.

The parade is June 30, a Sunday.

Chicago Pride Parade to be live streamed on Web

Gay Chicago TV and chicago.gopride.com will live stream the 43rd Annual Chicago Pride Parade on Sun., June 24. 

“We’re proud to be the first to broadcast the parade from start to finish,” said Gay Chicago TV’s Jhonmar Castillo. “With the addition of live coverage on the Internet more people will have the opportunity to see one of the nation’s largest and oldest pride celebrations.”

Castillo promises a front-row seat to the parade, which steps off at noon from the corner of Broadway and Montrose in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.  The parade includes 196 entries and is expected to draw nearly 800,000 spectators.

TJ Chernick and Sam Provenzano from Gay Chicago TV will be joined by ChicagoPride.com’s Bill Pritchard to provide commentary. Viewers will have an opportunity to submit questions or comments via Twitter using hashtag #chipridelive.

The live stream will be simulcast in HD quality picture at www.gaychicagotv.com and chicago.gopride.com. Coverage will also be available for later viewing.