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.
2013 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Sunday, June 2
ULP Week kicks off in style with a reception and fashion show.
6pm-9pm at Supreme Fabrics
Monday, June 3
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
Watch a film on Trans Latina activist Bamby Salcedo and enjoy a social gathering afterwards.
6pm-10pm at Rumble Arts Center
Wednesday, June 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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