Representative Ann Williams was excited to join fellow community members at the Chicago Pride Parade this past Sunday, June 26th. Along with Senator Sara Feigenholtz and members of the community, the 11th district was represented at Chicago’s annual Pride.
Chicago’s Parade occurs each year in late June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, when members of the LGBTQ+ community in New York protested the police raid of the Stonewall Inn (a historically queer bar) on June 28th, 1969. Protestors fought back against police aggression and arrest for living as their open and authentic selves. Today, Stonewall Inn still stands as a landmark for queer advocacy.
The first Chicago Pride Parade occurred on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in June 1970. After two years of cancellations due to the COVID pandemic, Chicagoans were excited to return for the 51st annual Chicago Pride Parade this year.
At a time when LGBTQ+ rights are at risk around the country, Representative Williams has a renewed commitment to defend the LGBTQ+ community in Illinois, and was glad to be a part of yet another Pride.