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Legacy Walk one step closer to historic designation
by Matt Simonette
2019-05-05

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The Legacy Walk Rainbow Pylon Streetscape in Boystown received a unanimous recommendation from the City's Landmarks Commission May 2 to grant the installation Historic Landmark status.

Legacy Project Executive Director Victor Salvo said, "The designation of a multi-acre LGBTQ+ space as a historic landmark would have been inconceivable to Jane Addams, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, Sally Ride, Bayard Rustin, Alan Turing, and the other 35 inductees on the Legacy Walk.

"But, even more so, for the kids who come to tour the installation—who are already astounded to see the words "lesbian," "gay," "bisexual" and "transgender" cast in bronze—to know now that this sacred space—the only place on earth where this is possible—will soon be a historic landmark is a life-affirming, perhaps even a life-saving validation of our centuries-long struggle to be accepted as intrinsic parts of the human family."

The designation next goes to the full Chicago City Council for its approval.


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