City Colleges of Chicago celebrates and recognizes the many contributions made by our LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, student body, alumni, and friends, especially during Pride Month.
For decades, June has been recognized as Pride Month in commemoration of the June 29, 1969, Stonewall Inn Riots in New York City. On that evening in 1969, a group of gay, lesbian, trans, and gender non-conforming patrons decided that enough was enough and stood up against authorities demanding their humanity be recognized, their civil rights honored, and their voices heard.
From New York City to right here in Chicago, Pride Month is a cherished celebration, and City Colleges of Chicago is excited to be a part of the 51st Annual Chicago Pride Parade when it marches through Chicago’s Northalsted neighborhood on Sunday, June 26, 2022. The parade steps off at noon from Montrose Avenue and Broadway – look for the City Colleges float!
Our recognition of LGBTQ+ rights and contributions extends far beyond Pride Month. Our commitment to inclusion includes:
- An institutional mission that emphasizes the elimination of barriers to success and a commitment to equitable access for all.
- The 2020 addition of a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Associate in Arts degree to prepare students to improve equity and social justice for all people by analyzing and interrogating ideology, power structures, and oppression through intersectional feminist and LGBTQ+ lenses.
- Wellness Centers at all seven colleges that provide intentional and compassionate programs to support our LGBTQ+ students.
- Required sexual harassment prevention training for all employees to create a safe and friendly environment for all students, staff, and faculty.
At City Colleges of Chicago, we proudly celebrate Pride Month and support all who make this world a better place. We are committed to fostering an environment where all are welcome for who they are.