Arthur Johnston, 72, speaks about the mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando in the days following the massacre. Party Noire Citywide Where Black joy reigns supreme The energy generated at a Party Noire function is palpable -- stepping into an event is like stepping into the embrace of your favorite auntie. Some remained closeted in their public lives, letting go only inside the walls of Sam's or the Annex. He sees parallels in his early campaigns and the blowback in North Carolina over the passing of an anti-trans bathroom bill. A February issue of the Chicago Tribune Magazine profiled the "gang of four" that campaigned to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in Chicago.
OLD TOWN — The Chicago History Museum celebrates gay bars as focal points in the fight for LGBTQ rights with a discussion Thursday that's.
BOYSTOWN — It seemed only fitting that the 46th Chicago Pride Parade " Anybody who worked at a gay bar in the '70s was at least once. Yelp Chicago . The first gay bar I even went to was the original Bistro, Dugan's Bistro at Hubbard and .
In the 70s and 80s it was a place to see-and-be-seen.
In the decades long before the Center on Halsted or corporate floats in the Pride Parade, bars were one of the precious few places gay people felt comfortable gathering, Johnston said.
The dance clubs and bars were the only place many gay people could be open about their sexuality without threat, he said. To Johnston, the ordinance signed into law by former Mayor Harold Washington extended the LGBTQ community to include professionals like attorneys and doctors, who previously risked getting fired if they came out publicly as gay.
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Officers arrested people on what Johnston deemed "trumped-up charges" like disorderly conduct or public indecency. The party starts early in the evening and runs into the wee hours of the morning, with a mix of live music and DJs playing reggaeton, cumbia, and merengue.
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These Chicago bars may have closed but their legacy lives on in these other But Biddy's did have an admirable history in the'70s/'80s—Koko.
Like Us. Share on Facebook Tweet this article Pin it Email. Fifteen years later, Chicago would have its first gay alderman. Lakeview Dinner with a side of drag The nearly year-old supper club is a prime destination for bachelorette partygoers and we understand why.
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While the police raids largely died down by the '80s, the interactions with officers remained highly strained. Party Noire Citywide Where Black joy reigns supreme The energy generated at a Party Noire function is palpable -- stepping into an event is like stepping into the embrace of your favorite auntie.
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