This past weekend was the Gay Pride Parade in Chicago, a world-famous celebration along Halsted Avenue. The colorful celebration means so much to so many. Their website denotes the 45th Annual event’s history as:
The annual Pride Celebration commemorates the rebellion of LGBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village in response to a routine police raid on June 27, 1969. The following year, a “Gay-In” that took place on June 27, 1970 that was the early progenitor of the current Pride Celebration. Since 1972, the event has been held every year, Since its modest beginnings, Chicago Pride has grown to be one the largest and most well-known Pride events in the world. Pride has come to symbolize several things: the long history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer dignity, the freedom of all people to meaningfully and proudly express their sexual and gender identities, and the commitment of LGBT people to combating oppression.
At Art of Imagination, we are especially proud to celebrate with the LGBTQ community this year in particular. This year marks the first where everyone, no matter gender, race, or any other quality that makes us all unique, is able to get married and enjoy the celebration of love to their chosen partner. Love is Love… and it should be celebrated no matter what!!!