Chicago’s Pride Parade: We Are All Part of the Rainbow

In preparing United Way for the Chicago Pride Parade, I played with so many streamers, beads and decorations that I began seeing rainbow when I closed my eyes. Truly, what began as an enthusiastic love of color and an extreme excitement for Pride soon became a psychedelic eye test for me and a mild annoyance to my friends and coworkers. But it wasn’t until someone asked me why the rainbow is the symbol of the LGBTQ community that I started to see the larger significance of my preparations. Representing the many types and expressions of people who, together, make up the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning community, the many colors come together to form the rainbow – something new and more dynamic than any single color could hope to be. Then again, you could say the same thing about the population at large – alone, we can function; together, we can thrive. This is what United Way does best. By connecting seemingly different groups of people and neighborhoods, we are working to build a stronger community and a better life for every Chicagoland resident. This past Sunday in East Lakeview, crowds gathered to enjoy the color and festivities, and spent the afternoon with about half a million of their fellow Chicagoans. So whenever you see the rainbow flag, think that just as it takes all types of people to make our city great, it will take the help of every one of us to make it even better. Happy Pride! Post written by Elin Hersch, Campaign Audit Specialist at United Way

One Comment

  1. Seth

    Had to share in case others were not aware that the rainbow flag has additional meaning. The rainbow was chosen because the colors mean something! Colors were designed to symbolize: red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), blue (harmony), and purple/violet (spirit). Two colors were removed early on. The removed colors stood for sex (pink) and art/magic (turquoise).

    And don’t forget Judy’s song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is a nod to coming out.


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