With gender-variant people of nearly ever age and background represented, hundreds gathered in Union Park July 29 for Chicago’s first ever transgender pride event.
Transgender Gender non-conforming Intersex Freedom (TGIF) featured performances and speeches and attracted more than 200 people who picnicked under sunny skies.
The event, themed “Enterprising from the Margins,” focused largely on the stories and experiences of transgender people of color, both celebrating organizing efforts locally and honoring trans Chicagoans who died this year.
The four-hour picnic featured an open mic speak-out, during which young people, activists and others took the stage. The day wrapped up with performances by About Face Youth Theatre, the Youth Empowerment Performance Project, Statesqueer and KOKUMO.
KOKUMO said that overall the event went well, but added, “It’ll be even better next year.”