Top 10 LGBT Chicago stories from 2012

ChicagoPride.com
December 31, 2012

From Chicago Cardinal Francis George’s apology for his inflammatory gay/KKK analogy to the announcement by State. Rep. Greg Harris that January 2013 could bring a marriage equality vote in Illinois, 2012 will be remembered as another historic year for Chicago’s LGBT community.

The summer of 2012 brought some of the biggest changes to the Chicago Pride Parade in 25 years. But it was unarguably the summer of Chick-fil-A as Chicago Alderman Joe “Proco” Moreno blocked the fast food chain from expanding in his ward because of the company’s anti-gay practices and politics.

Here are the top ten most popular stories of 2012 from gay Chicago. This list is based on the total number of views each story received on ChicagoPride.com throughout the year.

From Chicago Cardinal Francis George’s apology for his inflammatory gay/KKK analogy to the announcement by State. Rep. Greg Harris that January 2013 could bring a marriage equality vote in Illinois, 2012 will be remembered as another historic year for Chicago’s LGBT community.

The summer of 2012 brought some of the biggest changes to the Chicago Pride Parade in 25 years. But it was unarguably the summer of Chick-fil-A as Chicago Alderman Joe “Proco” Moreno blocked the fast food chain from expanding in his ward because of the company’s anti-gay practices and politics.

Here are the top ten most popular stories of 2012 from gay Chicago. This list is based on the total number of views each story received on ChicagoPride.com throughout the year.

10

Huge changes are in store for the June 24 Chicago Pride Parade this year, including a new route, new neighborhoods and more accessibility, all with one thing in mind. (6/12/2012)

9

State Reps. Greg Harris, Deb Mell, and Kelly Cassidy filed a marriage equality bill in Illinois General Assembly Wednesday. (2/8/2012)

8

It was another record-breaking year for the annual Chicago Pride Parade as over 850,000 spectators celebrated gay pride from the streets, rooftops and balconies in the Uptown and Lakeview neighborhoods on Sunday. (6/25/2012)

7

Circuit Nightclub, 3641 N. Halsted St., is temporarily closed over an apparent dispute between co-owners Mike Macharello and Patrick Harms. (11/3/2012)

6

Just minutes before marching in the 43rd annual Chicago Pride Parade June 24, Illinois' top two elected officials expressed optimism that the state is moving closer to allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. (6/24/2012)

5

Chicago's Cardinal Francis George has apologized for repeatedly comparing the gay liberation movement to the Ku Klux Klan. (1/6/2012)

4

The fire that destroyed the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge in Oak Park has been ruled an arson. (6/8/2012)

3

Claudia Mercado and Anjelica Lopez were among the plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed Wednesday by Lambda Legal and American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of LGBT families seeking full marriage equality in Illinois. (5/30/2012)

2

Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, a vocal supporter of LGBT rights, wants to block plans to open a Chick-fil-A restaurant in his Northwest Side ward because the company's leader opposes marriage equality. (7/25/2012)

1

Same-sex couples in Illinois are likely as close as they've ever been to having the right to marry. (12/20/2012)

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