Chicagoans looking forward to Pride Month despite pandemic with Stoli Vodka

June celebrations will have a new-look as events, including the Pride Parade, have been postponed or cancelled

Pride Month 2020 won’t be anything close to what we’re accustomed to.

Oh sure, we’ll honor to LGBT legacy, somehow, as always, throughout the 30 days of June, but who knows yet how we’ll be honoring and celebrating 51 years of gay rights and more – person to person, in groups of various size, or virtually.

Get out those red Solo cups or maybe some fine champagne glasses, Chicago definitely will celebrate Pride Month in June …though no one knows how just yet as the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything, everywhere.

“With or without a pandemic, June remains Pride Month, a special time of celebration to think about our remarkable communities, the sacrifices we have made, the victories we have won, the ways we have contributed to our city and state,” said Sidetrack co-owner Art Johnston. “Although we will not know for a while yet what form our celebrations may take, we should and we will celebrate, and not solely on June 28,” the date of the now-postponed Pride Parade.

Modesto “Tico” Valle, the CEO of the Center on Halsted in Boystown, the heart of Chicago’s LGBT community, added: “In many ways, I believe (Pride Month 2020) will be more meaningful as community has once again been caring for each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community members should feel a deep and meaningful sense of Pride as we help each other through this crisis.

“Our community is inventive and creative. I’m certain we will find ways to celebrate Pride. That will never be taken away from us. Pride is displayed and appreciated in many ways; we are a diverse community of (numerous) races, genders and cultures. We proudly show Pride throughout the year in various parades, festivals, and programs.”

The June schedule is normally filled with, literally, 30 days of Pride-related events – from company events to annual brunches that unite friends in the hours before the parade steps off at noon in Uptown on its south-bound journey, ultimately ending in Lincoln Park.
June in Chicago is Midsommar Fest in Andersonville, the traditional kickoff to summer. But not in 2020.

June in Chicago is the annual Pride Fest from the Northalsted Business Alliance. But not in 2020, though organizers hope to reschedule this Pride celebration for Labor Day weekend, September 5-6.

“Even though large gatherings are not being held this year during June, the hard work for visibility that each and every activist, event producer, festival and parade organizer, entertainer, bar staff member and community leader has demonstrated over the past 50 years is living energy and will carry us through this unanticipated change to originally planned programming,” said Patrik Gallineaux, LGBT Manager & Ambassador for Stoli Group. “For me, Pride 2020 is a perfect time to reflect and be appreciative of all our community’s collective past efforts.”
Read more Go Pride Chicago here.