CHICAGO, IL -- With gender-variant people of nearly ever age and background represented, hundreds gathered in Union Park July 29 for Chicago's first ever transgender pride event.
Hundreds turn out for first trans pride event credit :: kate sosin / wct
Transgender Gender non-conforming Intersex Freedom (TGIF) featured performances and speeches and attracted more than 200 people who picnicked under sunny skies.
The event, themed "Enterprising from the Margins," focused largely on the stories and experiences of transgender people of color, both celebrating organizing efforts locally and honoring trans Chicagoans who died this year.
Among those honored were Lois Bates, a longtime activist and transgender health manager at Howard Brown Health Center and Paige Clay, whose unsolved murder in April made national headlines. Attendees also marked the names of deceased community members and living activists on large banners.