June in Chicago means Pride celebrations will soon be underway for the city’s LGBTQQIA community. For many LGBTQQIA Latinos, there is a color conspicuously absent from the city’s traditional rainbow-themed parties and fests: Brown. Now in it’s fourth year, United Latino Pride has set out to create a week-long Pride event that celebrates the experiences, and addresses the issues, that are unique to LGBTQQIA identified Latinos.

“The Latino/a community in Chicago is growing, and with it so is the LGBTQQIA Latina/o community,” says Jessica Carillo, co-chair of the ULP board. “United Latino Pride Week gives us the opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate work that is already being done, while tackling homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia where it counts: in our neighborhoods and in our families.”

When asked about what drives ULP to do this work, ULP organizer Kara Carrell said “We’re drawn to a call for action. We find people who are trying to find community. If we don’t make these spaces ourselves, they aren’t going to be built for us.”

United Latino Pride week is set to kick off this weekend.  A fashion show featuring LGBTQQIA Latino designers and models will open ULP week Sunday, June 2nd. Activist and community leader Rick Garcia will give the keynote address.  Other events include a panel discussion on marriage equality, an outdoor dance party, and a trans social for transgender Latinos and their allies.  United Latino Pride Week 2013 begins Sunday, June 2nd and runs through Sunday, June 10th. All events through June 9th are free.

For more information visit www.UnitedLatinoPride.org. You can find ULP on Facebook.

2013 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Sunday, June 2

ULP Opening Reception

ULP Week kicks off in style with a reception and fashion show.

6pm-9pm at Supreme Fabrics

Monday, June 3

Express Yo’Self: A Platica & Craft Party

Join Amiguitas and Dyke March Collective for a discussion on gender expression in the Latina community, and make your own Dyke March T-shirt!

6pm-9pm at Youth Service Project

Tuesday, June 4

Trans Film and Social

Watch a film on Trans Latina activist Bamby Salcedo and enjoy a social gathering afterwards.

6pm-10pm at Rumble Arts Center

 Wednesday, June 5

Spirituality in the Latin@ LGBTQQIA Community

Come together for a lively discussion about the intersections of faith and sexuality in the Latin@ LGBTQQIA community.

6pm-9pm at Vio Cafe

Thursday, June 6

Marriage 360

Join us for a lively panel discussion on the complexities of marriage equality and the LGBTQQIA Latin@ community.

6pm-8pm at Cathedral Cafe

 Friday, June 7

Youth Leadership Summit & Talent Show

Join fellow youth from all over Chicago for interesting workshops and discussions, and enjoy a talent show!

6pm-10pm at Corazon Community Center

 Saturday, June 8

Summerdance

Enjoy a fun day in the sun with dancing, food, games and more. Our annual Summerdance event is one not to miss!

TBD at Pilsen

Sunday, June 9

Doggie Day @ The Beach

A dog is a gay’s best friend. Bring your pooch and a friend or two for some beach fun!

11am-1pm at Belmont Harbor Dog Beach 

Sunday, June 9

Cafe Con Allies

Grab a friend or family member and come chat over a cup o’ joe about being an active ally.

4pm-6pm at Catrina Cafe 

Monday, June 10

Unite for One Night (21+)

Sixteen LGBTQ promoters, 10 DJs & 15 go-gos from around Chicago will be coming together under one roof for one BIG NIGHT! $5 before 10pm/$10 after. All proceeds go to ULP.

10pm at Dolphin

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