The American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) Chicago Chapter and the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band formed a contingent in the 2017 Memorial Day parade in downtown Chicago on Saturday, May 27. AVER has participated in the parade for the past 16 years and the band has joined them for most of those years.
On Monday, May 29, the chapter will dedicate a new granite monument to the military service of LGBTQs on the corner of Halsted and Addison followed by the celebration of the chapter's 25th anniversary on the third floor of the Center on Halsted.
On Sunday, the group will conduct a remembrance ceremony for murdered gay sailor Allen Schindler at the gravesite in Steger, IL, and will revisit the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery monument to LGBT veterans, which was installed in 2015.
AVER is a national non-profit, chapter-based association of active, reserve and veteran members of the armed services dedicated to full and equal rights and treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Photos and text by Jean Albright