Chicago Tribune ———— By Nara Schoenberg ————Mon., June14, 2021
Drag queens lead hundreds through North Side streets in a Black Lives Matter protest calling for an end to racism and police brutality.
The second annual Drag March for Change, led by drag performers of color, built on last year’s demands for more gigs, inclusion and respect in the primarily white, male, cisgender Northalsted neighborhood, which is also known as Boystown.
But leaders also called for Chicago to spend less on policing and more on community groups and social services;
for attention to the high homicide rate among Black transgender women; for more representation in leadership positions in Northalsted;
and for the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance, a police reform bill that would set up a citizen oversight board.
“There will be no progress without struggle,” organizer Jo MaMa told the crowd as it prepared to march.