Chicago Equality Rally at Andersonville Midsommarfest
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Equality Rally Chicago at Andersonville Midsommarfest
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 11AM
Pride Stage (on Balmoral between Clark and Ashland)
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Join the Chicago and Illinois LGBTQ community for a gathering of celebration, solidarity and mobilization to affirm and protect all members of the LGBTQ community’s rights, safety, and full humanity.
The Chicago LGBTQ community and allies will be gathering Sunday, June 11 at 11AM at Andersonville Midsommarfest in solidarity with the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, DC. Speakers and musical performances will promote visibility, unity, and pride.
This rally will be held at the intersection of North Clark Street and West Balmoral Avenue in the spirit of the Equality March for Unity and Pride to “give voice to our concerns, and to support, uplift, and bring attention to those in our communities who are targeted due to immigration status, ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender, and disability. We affirm and celebrate that we are a mix of diverse communities. Lack of unity has caused many of our needs to be neglected or ignored. But now, for 2017 and beyond, we are working to learn from our prior mistakes and come together through common belief in inalienable human rights and dignity for all.”
The Chicago Equality Rally has confirmed* the following speakers, performers, and attending elected officials:
Event Emcee: Fawzia Mirza, actor/writer/producer
Speakers: Kim Fountain, Center on Halsted; Emmanuel Garcia, Vives Q/Crossroads Fund; Candace Gingrich, Human Rights Campaign; Kim Hunt, Pride Action Tank; Brian C. Johnson, Equality Illinois; Brother Michael C. Oboza, Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago; Channyn Lynn Parker,Trans Life Center – Chicago House; Ava Santos-Volpe, Ava’s Change4Youth; Rabbi Rachel Weiss, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation – JRC
Elected Officials: State Senator Heather Steans, State Representative Kelly Cassidy, State Representative Greg Harris, 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O’Connor, 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman, 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman
The program will be American Sign Language interpreted by Heidi Woelbling and stage managed by Danica Milich.
*Lineup of speakers is subject to change.
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce fosters a vibrant environment in which Andersonville businesses can thrive by attracting a diverse customer base; providing business support services and advocacy; and engaging in business attraction, long-range planning, and economic development. The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will provide the Chicago Equality Rally a gathering space in conjunction with Andersonville Midsommarfest 2017. Any views expressed by individual speakers of the Chicago Equality Rally are independent of the views held by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.