This post wasn’t planned. S and I had really no set plans on attending the Pride parade this year. Since we live close to the parade route we decided we would catch glimpses of the parade while we walked the dog.
I had a hankering for a burger so, I convinced S to walk to Trader Joe’s with me to buy the ingredients to make them. We were walking west on Diversey when the parade arrived and realized we wouldn’t make it to Trader Joe’s. The start of the parade was unbelievably emotional, I didn’t expect for it to effect me so much. The 47th Chicago Pride Parade opened up with the faces of those who were lost earlier this month in Orlando, FL. The tears instantly started rolling down my face, the sadness I felt for the victims, their families and the LGBTQ community hit me so suddenly, I couldn’t fight back the tears.
S suggested we turn around and go get our camera, we headed back to our apartment and grabbed it. I decided then that I needed to write this post, to celebrate LOVE and kindness.
A year ago, on June 26, 2015 the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, it was two days before the Chicago Pride Parade. I was traveling out-of-town for a girlfriend’s wedding so, I knew I would miss the parade. We drove back to Chicago the evening of the parade and I could still feel the electricity in the air, the reminisce of glitter and confetti on the streets told stories of the celebrations just earlier that day. I was so elated, we were moving forward, progressing as a community, and love would help break through ignorance.
Fast forward one year, with so much tragedy in our rearview mirror, the community still came out in full force to celebrate. I had the opportunity to witness these unbelievable humans celebrating lives, love and hope.
The resiliency of this community and the amount of love they have is something we can all learn from. I’m happy to see my neighborhood, my community and my city come together to celebrate love. Let’s teach each other to love and to be kind. That’s all we need.
Until next time,