Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-04-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Lincoln Square Rallies to Support Gay Couples Affected by Hate Graffiti
by Liz Baudler
2017-10-01

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

      More Photos


About 150 community members, many families with young children gathered Oct. 1 to protest against hate graffiti spray painted in the Lincoln Square area of Chicago's Northwest Side.

Community members met at Waters Elementary School, 4540 N. Campbell Ave., in front of a map of the Lincoln Square area. They were there to gather and distribute signs reading "Hate Has No Home Here," "Love is Love," and "Black Lives Matter."

The action was a response to two Lincoln Square LGBT couples who a week earlier found their yard signs defaced and hate graffiti spray painted on the sidewalk in front of their homes.

"I know this is not what we stand for," Indivisible's Jason Rieger said as he began the rally, alluding to other recent incidents of hate graffiti the neighborhood. Indivisible Lincoln Square and Chicago Progress helped organize the event and signage distribution plan. In a media release prior to the rally, the organization said they planned to distribute 4,000 signs, and by the event's end, the map was dotted with colorful highlights from volunteers committing to bring signs to their block.

"They're not just signs, they're an entryway to getting to know your neighbor," Rieger, also a Lincoln Square resident, told the audience. He asked them to make a deliberate effort to connect with neighbors, such as sitting out on front stoops and sharing donuts.

State Rep. Ann Williams summed up the rally's overall message succinctly. "Talk about love with your neighbors," she told the crowd. Many speakers shared anecdotes about recent incidents of hate or community support.

Jessica from Indivisible recalled trying to explain the recent NFL protests to a coworker who didn't believe white men held the majority of power in this country. "The first thing to sacrifice is our comfort," she said as she led the mostly white crowd in a pledge to end racism.

Andre Vasquez from Chicago Progress said he became more involved in community organizing because of having children. He wanted the crowd to reach out to their neighbors and be fearless and powerful in their organizing, calling the rally an amazing "first step" for continued action.

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley reflected on responding to similar incidents of hate, such as the Loop synagogue defaced with swastikas earlier this year. Quigley felt that community events were the best medicine against hate. "The only way we can meet hate is with love," he said.

Rep. Greg Harris said that recently while walking down Clark Street, he was called an anti-gay slur for the first time in years. He noted that hate groups now feel like they have permission to spread their message. "There's a group of people who feel like we can turn back the clock," said Harris.

Ugo Okere, from the community group Fuerza Del Sol, remembered how loved he felt when his white neighbors put a Black Lives Matter sign in their window.

"Our struggles are interconnected," Okere said, telling the crowd that his Pilsen-based organization, along with many across the city, was in solidarity with their goal.

Ald. Patrick O'Connor reminded the crowd that they outnumbered the perpetrators. He mentioned that in the past week his office has given out more than 200 signs to constituents, many taking multiple signs to cover their block. O'Connor also urged the crowd to be vigilant and to keep volunteering, saying it made the neighborhood better.

"We are a great place to live because we are so diverse," O'Connor said.

Alderman and gubernatorial candidate Ameya Pawar echoed the call for neighbors to connect, and talked about how divisiveness gets manufactured on a national level.

"I won't allow a few people to tell us we're all so different from each other," Pawar said. Pawar also encouraged local citizens, particularly women and people of color, to run for office.

Jeff Zacharias, one half of the one of the couples at the center of it all, said he and his husband Bradd Easton had their signs up for two years without incident—in fact they often sparked conversation with neighbors and delivery people.

"It felt safe for us to have it," said Zacharias, as Easton showed the crowd their sign, now defaced with black spray paint. Zacharias said that the couple still feels "some level of trauma" from the incident, but that they appreciate all of the cakes, cards, flowers and Facebook messages they've received since.

"We're glad all of you are here to choose love," Easton told the crowd, and they applauded.

A few blocks away from the home of Zacharias and Easton, another family's home was also targeted with vandalism in the early morning hours of Sept. 24. Kat Hindmand ( who lives with her wife Jennie Brier and their 8-year-old son ) opened the front door at about 8:15 a.m. to retrieve The New York Times from the porch when she saw the sign that is affixed to the outside of their front door ( there is also a screen door ) that reads "Hate Has No Home Here" in multiple languages spray-painted over in white.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

FDA loosens restrictions on gay men who donate blood 2020-04-02 - On April 2, The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) said it would loosen some of the restrictions that have blocked gay ...


Gay News

'All in Illinois' launched to reinforce message to stay home 2020-04-02 - Gov. JB Pritzker launched a new statewide effort April 2 called "All in Illinois" to reinforce the state's core message, backed by scientists ...


Gay News

Lightfoot names next police superintendent 2020-04-02 - Mayor Lori Lightfoot named former Dallas police Chief David Brown as the next leader of the Chicago Police Department at an April 2 ...


Gay News

Open Letter to Cook County on COVID-19, Cook County jail decarceration 2020-04-01 - UPDATE Correction: A previous version of this message was sent out in error without including the Chicago Community Bond Fund, a primary author ...


Gay News

Cook County commissioner urges census participation 2020-03-31 - Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison will wrap up "#2020Census at the Brookfield Zoo," a weekly video series featuring information about the 2020 ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Lesbian bishop, iconic activist dies, military lawsuit, drag legend passes 2020-03-31 - Rev. Bonnie Perry was recently ordained as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan—beconing the first woman and openly gay person ...


Gay News

Over 6.5M LGBT adults to get $1,200 payout under coronavirus stimulus bill 2020-03-31 - More than 6.4 million single LGBT adults and 324,000 same-sex couples will receive the full direct payout under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and ...


Gay News

Idaho governor signs two anti-trans bills 2020-03-31 - On March 30, Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed two bills into law that restrict the rights of transgender people. According to CNN, one ...


Gay News

LGBTQ Chicagoans weigh in on 2020 Census 2020-03-31 - The U.S. Census Bureau has asked people to stand up ( or, at least, fill out a form ) and be counted. ( ...


Gay News

NCLR condemns Idaho law barring transgender girls from sports 2020-03-30 - BOISE, ID — The National Center for Lesbian Rights strongly condemns Idaho Governor Brad Little's decision to sign HB 500, a law that ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.