Here’s Why Gay Bars Are So Important, Explained By A Chicago Gay Icon

It seemed only fitting that the 46th Chicago Pride Parade became, in many ways, a victory march.

The days leading up to the 2015 parade were explosively joyful. With the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, the tide finally broke in the long, bitter fight, and Boystown celebrated with new heights of exuberance.

What a difference a year makes.

Sunday’s procession will begin, instead, on a somber note, with a moment of silence honoring the 49 people killed in an gay night club in Orlando June 12. Their photos and names will lead the parade.

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