At ChicagoPride.com, Sunday means that it's time to look back at this week in gay Chicago news as covered by the GoPride.com News Staff. The top local and national stories of interest as ranked by popularity on the network.
Study shows separate status still not equal http://chicago.gopride.com/news/article.cfm/articleid/30021841 A new study by Equality Illinois indicates couples in civil unions endured clear and consistent patterns of unequal treatment, were denied rights and protections and faced stigmatization despite the intent of the law that civil unions be equal to marriages.
Andersonville prepares for 47th Annual Midsommarfest http://chicago.gopride.com/news/article.cfm/articleid/30197169 Throngs of Chicagoans will head north this weekend, June 8-10, for Midsommarfest, Andersonville's annual street festival now in its 47th year. Midsommarfest is arguably one of the city's most popular festivals, drawing crowds of up to 50,000 people to explore the food, shopping and music set up along the six blocks of Clark Street between Foster and Catalpa.
Series of cultural, educational and social events to celebrate LGBT and Latino culture http://chicago.gopride.com/news/article.cfm/articleid/30120400 United Latino Pride is celebrating its third year of showcasing all that is LGBT and Latino in Chicago with a week of fun, and almost entirely free, cultural, educational and social events. United Latino Pride Week starts Monday June 4 and culminates with ULP's big blowout party, Unite for One Night, on Sunday June 10.
Illinois school district removes GLSEN materials http://chicago.gopride.com/news/article.cfm/articleid/30186196 Following a 2-5 school board vote on May 22, the Erie Community School District, located Northwest Illinois, has motioned to remove The Family Book by Todd Parr, which mentions that "some families have two moms or two dads", and any other materials sponsored or created by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) from the elementary school's character development program after an undisclosed number of community members complained that anything queer related "shouldn't be taught at the elementary school level."
Many minority pastors still oppose gay marriage, in spite of Obama and NAACP http://chicago.gopride.com/news/article.cfm/articleid/30153289 Last month, when President Barack Obama came out in favor of gay marriage, his staff later said that he had had private discussions with African-American pastors and other religious leaders about the issue.