AURORA MUST GRANT PRIDE PARADE PERMIT
Equality Illinois, the state’s LGBTQ civil rights organization, says delay is unacceptable
Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois
February 12, 2018
The Aurora City Council’s Government Operations Committee has the responsibility on Tuesday to act without further delay in granting the permit for the city’s first-ever Pride Parade on June 17.
As the second largest city in Illinois, Aurora should have a Pride Parade to celebrate its LGBTQ community and allies. Any further delay would be unacceptable and irresponsible; it would give credence to perceptions that it is simply an attempt to cater to people who don’t like the fact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents are part of the fabric of the Aurora community and to throw roadblocks in the way of parade organizers.
Equality Illinois, the state’s LGBTQ civil rights organization, applauds Indivisible Aurora and the many engaged Aurora advocates for leading this effort for the Aurora Pride Parade. We call on all fair-minded Aurora residents to contact the committee members, Aldermen Scheketa Hart-Burns, Rick Mervine, Judd Lofchie, and Carl Franco, to tell them to end the delay and grant the parade permit.