I toured LGBTQ-friendly neighborhoods in 3 cities during Pride Month and found they all honor LGBTQ people in unique ways

I toured LGBTQ-friendly neighborhoods in 3 cities during Pride Month and found they all honor LGBTQ people in unique ways

When I got closer to the pylons along the Legacy Walk, I noticed each side honored an LGBTQ leader.

Three of the plaques at the Legacy Walk.

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The Legacy Walk pylons feature short biographies for famous LGBTQ figures like Audre Lorde, Oscar Wilde, James Baldwin, Bayard Rustin, Freddie Mercury, and Alan Turing.

One plaque focuses on historic symbols, like the Pink Triangle, an emblem that was placed on LGBTQ people in concentration camps during the Holocaust to further humiliate them. In the ’70s, the Pink Triangle was reclaimed as a symbol of pride for the community.

Another plaque along the Legacy Walk honors the Harlem Renaissance, which took place after World War I when people left the segregated South and fled to Harlem in Manhattan. As a result,  the new community had a creative outpouring of writing, music, and art. Many of the residents in Harlem at that time identified as LGBTQ, like poet Langston Hughes and writer Alain Locke.

While New York honored LGBTQ history using virtual reality, Chicago’s Boystown honored the history of LGBTQ people with these beautiful, educational monuments.

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