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DePaul Student Group Marches in Chicago Pride Parade with Same-Sex Marriage Advocates

DePaul University’s LGBTQA Student Services Coordinator recently supported an event on Facebook, which read, “DePaul University Joins Chicago's 45th Pride Parade,” an event which included several advocates of same-sex marriage.

A website for the parade confirms Act Out DePaul as a “2014 Pride Parade” participant. Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, Equality Illinois, and many other organizations also reportedly marched in the parade. And, according to the Miami Herald, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn marched in the parade and lauded the state’s same-sex marriage laws. 

Act Out DePaul is described on the University’s website as “an LGBTQA activist organization at DePaul” which “engages in the Chicago community by volunteering with Queer organizations throughout the city.” The DePaul website also says that, “During meetings, members have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of queer theory and activism.”

Photos of students at the parade were featured on the Facebook page of the Office of LGBTQA Student Services at DePaul University, the link for which is found on the DePaul website.

The Facebook event read:

For the first time ever, DePaul University is marching in the Chicago Pride Parade! Join Act Out DePaul and LGBTQA Student Services in this year's parade with all of your pride! Any DePaul community member is welcome and encouraged to join us.

Last year nearly a million people came out to Chicago's Pride, and we will be joining 200 other colorful floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands and walking contingents representing community businesses, organizations, elected governmental officials and individuals.  

With the generous support of the LGBTQ Studies Program, we will be providing a limited number of t-shirts, available for pick up in the LGBTQA Studies Services Office in the near future, and we are in the works of creating our banner to march with! We will have a poster-making party in the Student Center on on June 27 from 12-2 where you can also pick up a t-shirt! No need to RSVP, but excitement is required!

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