Unofficial gay parade held in Chicago with thousands of people despite pandemic and governor ban
Chicago's openly gay Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned city dwellers about the dangers of mass gatherings, but the LGBT community decided to ignore the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and organize a march of thousands.
The organizers of the march said that they had earnestly asked activists to maintain social distance and wear masks, but despite everything, thousands of people posted photos without masks.
Having bright and beautiful memories today of the 2019 Chicago Pride Parade. Pride matters! Inclusion for all!! pic.twitter.com/I6ZT9Z0N4T— ChicagoTeachersUnion (@CTULocal1) June 28, 2020
“The reason the march is so important is to highlight those lives that we lost and highlight the people whose lives may not have been lost, but have been wrecked just because they exist openly,” Ashabi Owagboriaye told ABC 7.
According to official information, at the same time, Chicago is suffering from an unprecedented surge in violence with firearms. Only this weekend 66 people were victims of skirmishes in Chicago and only 48 of them managed to survive.