Hi and welcome to this episode of the gay report.
The city is gearing up for this weekend’s pride parade in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Officials say this year’s Gay Pride Parade will be more controlled and manageable than last year’s parade which got more than 800,000 attendees. (Insert Picture of map) This year the parade is going down a new route starting in Uptown at the corner of Broadway and Montrose, and going south down Halsted, then back to Broadway, and east on Diversy. The new route is geared to keep the parade safe and help in crowd management. City officials also announced that they will be cracking down on public drinking. The parade floats line up at 11 am and are scheduled to start at noon, but for those who cannot make it to the actual parade, be sure to tune into GaychicagoTV.com for a live stream of the entire parade hosted by Bill Prichard of Chicagopride.com, Sam Provenzano of Gay Chicago TV and me.
The famous Chicago bar Sidetrak held its 30 year anniversary last Wednesday. The bar which was opened in 1982 as a small windowless bar, with less than 1000 sq feet has grown into a 14,000 square foot mega video bar with a reputation as one of the best bars in the country. The special event which was closed to the public invited special guests to celebrate one of Chicago’s most beloved bars, and the patrons who have made it all possible.
ChicagoPride.com celebrated it’s 10th year anniversary last Thursday at Hydrate nightclub. ChicagoPride.com which is part of the Gopride network is one of Chicago’s most well-known online LGBT websites and was one of Chicago’s first online resources specifically geared towards the LGBT community. The special event featured special guests including Angi Taylor and brotha fred from 103.5 Kiss fm, RuPaul Drag Race contestant Dita Ritz and the cast of Anenue Q. Gay Chicago TVÕs Brian Felder and Ro were to host the Red Carpet The event also benefited the Chicago Legacy Projects, Legacy walk.
On Saturday the 10th annual windy city idol finals were held at Sidetrack. This year 12 contestants competed for the crown in three rounds determined by audience votes. This year the title of windy city gay idol was awarded to Robert Hughes. (Interview with him)
Rob Gellman, Megyn Kleeman were runners up and This year the top three took home prizes including a trip to Vancouver. If you missed your chance to compete, don't worry, it will be back next year for another change to be Windy City Gay Idol.
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