Schuyler Bailar to speak at Aurora’s Metea Valley High

AURORA — Schuyler Bailar, the first transgender male athlete to compete in the NCAA, will be speaking at Aurora’s Metea Valley High School on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 7 p.m.

From the Eventcombo link:
Schuyler Bailar was one of the nation’s top 20 15-year-old breaststroke swimmers. By 17, his relay team set a national age-group record. A 25-time National Championship Qualifier, a two-time All-American, he was recruited by and swam for Harvard University on one of the winningest teams in Harvard’s history. Schuyler is also the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division I men’s team. Schuyler’s difficult choice – to transition while potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA Champion – as a female swimmer – was historic and timely.

Joliet proclaims June as Pride month

JOLIET — On Tuesday night, the Joliet City Council proclaimed June as Pride month. The city becomes the latest Illinois community to proclaim Pride month, joining cities like Aurora and Rockford. The city will also be celebrating its first Pride this year. (H/T Joliet Pride)

Aurora celebrates Pride that almost wasn’t

AURORA — Illinois’s second largest city celebrated its second Pride Parade on Sunday, with thousands lining downtown streets. Aurora Pride said police had put the crowd at around 8,000 people. The parade route was under a mile long through the heart of downtown Aurora with the majority of it on Downer Place. The parade was in doubt earlier this year when a new city ordinance raised the cost much more than organizers had planned for. Negotiations with the city and the community raising more than $20,000 in less than 24 hours ensured the parade would take place.

Aurora declares June as Pride month

AURORA — Aurora proclaimed June as Pride month in an announcement on Tuesday. Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin made the proclamation with members of Indivisible Aurora, organizers of the city’s Pride celebrations. The proclamation in full:
JUNE 2019

WHEREAS, the City of Aurora supports the rights of every citizen to experience equality and freedom from discrimination; and

WHEREAS, all people regardless of age, gender identity, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenges have the right to be treated on the basis of their intrinsic value as human beings; and

WHEREAS, the City of Aurora accepts and welcomes people of diverse backgrounds and believes a diverse population leads to a more vibrant community; and

WHEREAS, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities contribute to the cultural, civic and economic successes of the City of Aurora; and

WHEREAS, Indivisible Aurora has been a leading voice for equality for all and has taken the lead role in the staging of the Aurora Pride Parade. NOW, THEREFORE, I, MAYOR RICHARD C. IRVIN, Mayor of the City of Aurora, do hereby proclaim June 2019 as Pride Month in the City of Aurora and acknowledge Pride Weekend in Aurora and the Aurora Pride Parade on Sunday, June 9, 2019. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Aurora to be affixed this 4th of June 2019 at Aurora City Hall.

Aurora Pride schedule of events

AURORA — Aurora Pride is next weekend and they have a full list of events. PROUD VISIONS: IMAGES FROM AURORA’S INAUGURAL PRIDE PARADE
JUNE 7, 6:00PM – 9:00PM
See images from the historic 2018 Aurora Pride Parade taken by photographers Nathan Villotti and Robb Winder, and other local residents and Parade attendees. ARTBAR: DRAG QUEENS AND DRAGONS
JUNE 7, 7:00PM – JUNE 8, 12:00AM
This art show will feature portraits of some of Aurora’s diverse community of artists and LGBTQ residents. UNAPOLOGETICALLY ME: A NIGHT OF MUSIC, POETRY, AND COMEDY
JUNE 7, 8:00PM – 11:00PM
Clowns, indie musicians, queer poets, and other artists will perform in a pride-themed variety show that promises to entertain. Those who attend can take a letter or poem from a wall filled with queer poetry and love letters curated by artist Annie Baldwin.