Queering the Parks

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    Second Floor, East Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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Queering the Parks organizers at the MasQUEERade Ball, 2019
Photo: Glitter Guts


Youth leaders of the Queering the Parks Initiative reflect on their first year of programs celebrating LGBTQAI+ youth and families in Chicago Parks. Learn about the continuing youth-led creative change in parks across the city.

Queering the Parks Initiative is a joyful and affirming celebration of LGBTQAI+ youth and families. Co-created in partnership with the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks, this initiative is led by queer-identified youth.

Youth-led events highlight Chicago artists under 21 years old and are organized by Teen Creative Agency Apprentices, along with Grace Needlman, Manager of Youth and Family Programs.