With Pride month over, most would agree that summer is in full swing. This year we walked along with the Mayor in Chicago's Pride Parade until we got to the corner of Belmont and Halsted. There a number of ChicagoPride.com photographers and I viewed the parade and activity.
Many have been asking me my thoughts on moving the parade to downtown Chicago. I have no opinion on that one way or another. Location to me is not the meaning of the pride parade. I just don't want us to lose the overall meaning of our celebration. To that end, be sure to check out all the photos of the day!
Now that Pride's behind us, there are still so many fun summer events to look forward to. The 14th Annual OUT at Wrigley, is July 12 featuring the Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves at 3:05pm. This is always a fun time, and a great way to meet people! Tickets are available at OutAtWrigley.com.
Market Days, August 9 and August 10, are just around the corner. Stay with ChicagoPride.com for updates on all the acts and groups set to perform. It's always a fun festival.
Can you feel the excitement!? It's time for Pride festivities to begin. ChicagoPride.com, Bud Light, and Grab Magazine start it all off Thursday, June 19, at Hydrate Nightclub, with our Pride Kick Off Party. Thanks to 35,000+ votes, we will also feature the winners of the 2014 Bud Boyz Contest!
Plus it's a free cocktail of your choice with $5 donation to Jennifer Hudson's Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which was established to provide stability, support and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds to help enable them to grow to be productive, confident and happy adults.
Father's Day. Hell, every day is Father's (and Mom's) Day in my book! Friends of every ilk can't help but see the influence and inspiration my Sainted Father gives my life. He's always been that way with me.
Ask my family and I'm sure they would tell you He and I are way too similar. I have to admit, it's a bit eerie for us both, when the same things are said; motion made, or action taken. Truth is, from day one, we've all known I was his name and representation. This is perhaps my greatest joy in life.
Family is THE MOST important thing to him. End of story! No matter how busy his work or community efforts keep him, my family is his being. I am grateful!
Of the many accolades and accomplishments I could tell you about my Dad; the one that comes to mind today is being able to share him with others. I have many friends who have absent father's or dad's that have sadly passed. My Sainted Father revels in fostering relationships with them all; reaching out and engaging them throughout the year. It is this special gift that blesses them and brings me such #Pride to me! My friends are his as well.
On this Father's Day I celebrate my Sainted Father with a drawing of him made over dinner in 1971, with a favorite artist, Billy King and friends. Titled "On the Move", it captures the quintessential style and charm of my Father.
Unargueably, this year's Chicago Pride Fest, June 21 and 22, will be the biggest yet! With entertainment from Glee's Alex Newell, Betty Who, Mya, X-Factor's Carlito Olivero and international headliner Jennifer Hudson. Chicago Pride Fest entertainment organizer Sean Kotwa shares the secrets behind booking the big names in this story filed by ChicagoPride.com's Andy Ambrosius.
New this year, Chicago Pride Fest has added a VIP section in front of part of the main stage. Tickets are only $45, with 100% of the proceeds going directly into making sure that next year's festivities are even bigger and better, community projects, and most importantly, community safety. VIP tickets included your donation to the festival, 2 complimentary drinks at the Norhalsted Business Alliance booth and commemorative Pride Fest tee. ChicagoPride.com readers can purchase these tickets here.
Of course, there is a lot more to Pride, than the parties and parade. This year alone, more states allowing same sex marriage have been added to the list. Our voices are being heard and our fight continues. That we can celebrate with Pride!