Aurora Pride announces Pride speaker series

AURORA — The Aurora Pride Festival has announced the speakers for a speakers series on Saturday, June 8. The festival announced the line up on its Facebook page. 2-4 PM – Teen Writers and Artist Project (T-WAAP) at Aurora’s famed Riverfront Playhouse. Hip Hop, poetry, spoken word, storytelling. Free admission and open to the public.

2019 Aurora Pride Festival cancelled because of increased costs

AURORA — The 2019 Aurora Pride Festival and Parade has been cancelled because of increased costs from the city. Indivisible Aurora made the announcement on Friday in a press release. From the press release:
Last year’s inaugural Aurora Pride Parade, the first in the Chicago suburbs, was an astounding success. It brought an estimated 10,000-12,000 incredible people together in downtown Aurora, filling our historic streets with love and downtown businesses with celebratory customers. We eagerly looked forward to expanding on that success with a larger weekend festival for 2019 and started work with the city almost immediately afterwards.

Register now for Aurora 5K Rainbow Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

AURORA — Registration is now open for the inaugural 5K Rainbow Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk as a part of Aurora Pride this June. From the registration website:
Registration Fees & Race Shirts
Price through May 10th:
5K Run: $35
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk: $25

REGISTER EARLY!! Race shirts guaranteed to those who register by May 10th! If registering after May 10th, shirts will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Price from May 11th through June 4th:
5K Run: $40
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk: $30
Pre-Registration closes on Tuesday, June 4th at 11:00 PM

Event Day Registration Pricing:
5K Run: $50
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk: $40

Course Specifications:The 5K Run (USATF Certification Pending) will be RFID chip timed at the start & finish line- through J3 Timing Company.

Indivisible Aurora receives Community Equality Award from HRC Chicago

CHICAGO — On Saturday, October 27th, Human Rights Campaign Chicago held their annual gala and auction at the Chicago Marriott in Downtown Chicago. Despite the masquerade theme of the night, there was no hiding the joy of the guests, volunteers, and staff that attended the event. According to the HRC Chicago website, this annual gala and auction celebrates the great strides made for LGBTQ equality across the nation, including honoring local leadership excellence. This year, Indivisible Aurora, a community advocacy group based out of Aurora, Illinois, was recognized for their outstanding effort in bringing the first-ever Pride Parade to the Chicago suburbs with the “Community Equality Award.” Gwyn Ciesla, Co-Chair of Aurora’s Inaugural Pride Parade and Director of LGBTQ and Alliance with Indivisible Aurora, accepted the award.