Pride in Chicago goes back to roots with two marches this weekend

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CHICAGO — The Pride Parade for this year has been cancelled, but a march for Black transgender lives and an LGBTQ march will take place instead.

Both marches will be taking place on Sunday, June 28, and will start on the city’s north side.

Black Trans Lives Matter: A BLM Pride Protest is being organized by ACTIVATE:CHI and a coalition of Boystown-based organizations and businesses. The organizers said that the march had been endorsed by Black Lives Matter.

The march will start at 11 a.m. in Clarendon Park in the Uptown neighborhood and go to Grant Park downtown. Masks are required for all participants.

The Pride Without Prejudice / Reclaim Pride March is starting at the Belmont L station at noon on Sunday. This march is organized by Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Organized Communities Against Deportations and Gay Liberation Network.

The organizers said they were taking advantage of the cancelled Pride Parade, which often has a large number of corporate entries, and taking Pride back to its roots as a protest march. The march will center Black, Brown and transgender voices.

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