Examining the Past, Present, and Future of Chicago’s First Gay Neighborhood

By Sarah Friedmann Pride month is one full of both celebration and commemoration for the LGBT+ community. Every June, cities around the world hold pride festivals and parades to honor the anniversary of WBEZ reported. As Tracy Baim, a gay historian and founder of the Windy City Times, described to the outlet, in the 60s gay communities were scattered around the city, with many of the communities centered around downtown, River North, and Tower Town in the mid part of the last century. Chicagos Lake View neighborhood, including the Lake View communities of Triangle Neighbors and Belmont Harbor, was also home to many members of the citys LGBT+ community in the 60s and early 70s, discriminatory treatment from police, politicians, …

Celebrating Diversity in the Twin Cities

By Sarah Friedmann In 1991, a civil war broke out in the east African country of Somalia. This (still-ongoing) civil war would ultimately leave thousands of Somalis injured, displaced, or deceased due to violence or starvation. From the early 90s onward, thousands of Somalis became refugees as they sought to escape the atrocities of warfare. Many of these refugees eventually relocated all over the world, with a significant percentage of them landing in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Now, 30 years after the outbreak of the war, Minneapolis-Saint Paul is home to a vibrant Somali-American community that has become an important part of the cities legacy. This is the story of how such a substantial number of Somalis …