“Today marks a historic day for Cook County,” said Morrison. “By raising the rainbow flag, we are sending a clear message: No matter who you love, you are welcome in Cook County.”
The flag, for the first time in the county’s history, will fly the entire month of June.
This year’s Pride month will continue to be celebrated differently due to the coronavirus pandemic, but after the virus canceled nearly every in-person event in 2020, some are back this year.
Chicago Pride Fest is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1-2, followed by the annual Chicago Pride Parade on Oct. 3, allowing restrictions to further ease. But there are still a number of events planned for June, including Pride in the Park on June 26 and 27.
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Since the New York Stonewall riots in 1969, and the first Pride celebrations that followed, a multitude of events have emerged around the world to celebrate the LGBTQ communities throughout the month of June.