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Boystown will be walking on rainbows during Pride celebrations this summer

By Thomas Ilalaole
Medill Reports

On North Halsted street from Melrose to Bradley, crosswalks will be adorned with rainbow colors next month just in time for the neighborhood’s Pride celebration. The Northalsted Business Alliance has planned the rainbow walks as a symbol of the LGBTQ community and also hopes it will draw more tourists to Boystown.

Thirteen of the crosswalks will be painted the colors of the rainbow, and the walk on the corner of Halsted and Melrose — next to Howard Brown Health — will be painted pink, blue and white in dedication to the transgender community.

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Rowers in Skokie paddle in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community

By Thomas Ilalaole
Medill Reports

Chicago Rowing Union (CRU) prides itself on being one of the only LGBTQ+ inclusive rowing crews in the Midwest, and one of few in the world. Its mission is to provide a safe space for the sport of rowing for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.

CRU consists of a diverse group of men and women from varied backgrounds, age ranges and experience levels.

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Gender-neutral salon helps people express their identity through hairstyles, wild or otherwise

By Thomas Ilalaole
Medill Reports

Barbara & Barbara salon in Logan Square started off as a small shop in the back of an art gallery. But their idea to create a gender-neutral space — where LGBTQ+ people and others could come to express their personal style through their hair — caught on.

Now the salon has taken over the gallery and its dozen or more stylists help clients use their hair to express themselves. And the prices are set by the cut, not by gender.

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LGBTQ+ youths in Little Village find their voice on the air

By Thomas Ilalaole
Medill Reports

There are many stories in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, but some are only recently being spoken and heard. Through a program at Yollocalli Arts Reach, two LGBTQ+ students are telling their stories — and the stories of their community — on a weekly radio show.

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LGBTQ+ homeless youth take center stage

by Thomas Ilalaole
Medill Reports

In the basement of a Lutheran church in Lakeview is a mission of a different kind. One that brought Malia Santiago off of the streets and onto the stage.

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