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 2020-07-08
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



North Side protest draws thousands
by Matt Simonette

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Thousands of Chicagoans gathered on the North Side in the late afternoon of June 1 for a demonstration in response to the killing of George Floyd the previous week. The event was also a response to the myriad episodes of police violence against persons of color in Chicago and other cities across the United States, as well as economic challenges they face.

Activist Andy Thayer—who took part in the rally and provided some assistance with its planning—called the event "refreshing" and said that it, in size at least, resembled a Pride parade more focused on community members rather than commercial interests. Thayer estimated that between one and two thousand were present for an opening rally at Belmont and Sheffield, and that participation "swelled" to several thousand by the time they reached Uptown, where participants sat-in, then dispersed, with many joining protestors on Lake Shore Drive.

The protest was organized by Lake View resident Tatyana Sampson and was explicitly advertised as a peaceful response to the events of the prior week. The day before, Sampson wrote on Facebook: "I have been a resident of Lake View for four years and have been to many of our shops and restaurants countless times and have a lot of great memories there. … I can assure you that the goal of this protest is for Black people to grieve and have our voices heard, not to cause damage or destruction to anyone or any property."

"People needed to have their own statement about what happened the previous weekend," Thayer said.

In opening remarks prior to their stepping off, Sampson explained why Boystown was specifically chosen.

"A lot of the people in Boystown have forgotten that Stonewall was a riot," Sampson said. "Stonewall was started by Black trans people. … We're going to remind them that stuff like this is why they can sit in their fancy luxury condos, overlooking Halsted with their rainbow-brick walkways—the one "trans one" too—and sit comfortably."

The stopping-point in Uptown was near the Stewart School Lofts, a development that was the focus of one of many gentrification-related controversies in that neighborhood. Thayer said that the march was intended to highlight not just racism but economic struggles that people of color struggle with regularly.

Gentrification "ruins people's lives," Sampson said June 1.

Thayer said that several persons were arrested for violating the curfew imposed on Chicagoans that evening; he said that the event had largely ended prior to the curfew taking effect, but many were nevertheless stranded by the shutdown of CTA service; indeed the shutdown of service through Lake View earlier that afternoon meant that many had difficulty reaching the protest, he added.

Thayer also said that city authorities were closely watching at the ready throughout the event, adding that participants were nearly surrounded by officers in riot gear by the time they reached Uptown.

But Thayer is glad that people across the country are becoming more responsive to the abuses that people of color often suffer at the hand of authorities. He noted that episodes filmed by cellphone cameras now mean that so-called "good cops" can't always stay silent to cover the misdeeds of violent ones.

"Until there are real consequences for the code of silence, this kind of shit is going to go on," Thayer said.

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.


Gay News

Activists fight against anti-LGBTQ+ zones and bias in Poland 2020-07-10 - There is a crisis happening in the LGBTQ+ community in Poland, as in many countries around the world. Poland's historically patriarchal and Christian ...

Gay News

Lambda Legal asks court to block Trump's HHS anti-LGBTQ health care rule 2020-07-09 - ( Washington, D.C., July 9, 2020 ) — Today, Lambda Legal asked a federal district court to prevent the recently published health care ...

Gay News

SCOTUS provides exemption for religious schools from bias lawsuits 2020-07-08 - On July 8, the U.S. Supreme Court ( SCOTUS ) ruled seven to two in favor of two California religious schools that argued ...

Gay News

United Nations call for a global ban on conversion therapy, Born Perfect comments 2020-07-08 - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Today, the United Nations' Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity called ...

Gay News

Supreme Court on religious employers, contraceptive coverage under ACA, NCLR responds 2020-07-08 - WASHINGTON, DC — The Supreme Court issued two important decisions today that significantly change the relationship between freedom of religion and anti-discrimination protections. ...

Gay News

Hyde Amendment included in House LHHS Appropriations Bill, NCLR responds 2020-07-08 - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Labor, Health and Human Services ( LHHS ) Appropriations bill that includes ...

Gay News

Reproductive health of bisexual women and girls needs greater attention 2020-07-08 - Over 48 million people of reproductive age assigned female sex at birth currently use contraceptives, including up to 3.9 million cisgender sexual minority ...

Gay News

ACTIVITIES Rollin' on the river, courtesy of the Chicago Electric Boat Company 2020-07-08 - Running out of ideas regarding what to do this summer? Well, it turns out there's nothing like going down the river in a ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Brayla Stone, anti-LGBTQ attacks, Virginia Values Act, Fire Island 2020-07-07 - Brayla Stone, a 17-year-old Black trans girl, was murdered in Sherwood, Arkansas, near Little Rock on June 25, a National Black Justice Coalition ...

Gay News

WORLD African country's pro-LGBT move, Pride marches, lesbian singer 2020-07-07 - In a landmark decision on July 6, the Senate of Gabon voted to decriminalize same-sex relations with 59 votes in favor, 17 against ...


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.







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.