Parade celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn

  • Members of St. Matthew United Church of Christ send off a procession of decorated cars Sunday during a Pride parade in Wheaton.

    Members of St. Matthew United Church of Christ send off a procession of decorated cars Sunday during a Pride parade in Wheaton. Steven Buyansky for the Daily Herald

  • Ingrid Roman of Wheaton decorates the rear window of a vehicle before the start of a Pride parade Sunday in Wheaton.

    Ingrid Roman of Wheaton decorates the rear window of a vehicle before the start of a Pride parade Sunday in Wheaton. Steven Buyansky for the Daily Herald

  • Participants in decorated cars turn onto Roosevelt Road during a Pride parade Sunday in Wheaton. The parade wove through neighborhoods, ending in downtown Wheaton.

    Participants in decorated cars turn onto Roosevelt Road during a Pride parade Sunday in Wheaton. The parade wove through neighborhoods, ending in downtown Wheaton. Steven Buyansky for the Daily Herald

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 6/27/2021 8:55 PM

A motorcade parade capped off Pride celebrations in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn Sunday, painting a kaleidoscope of rainbow colors along a route of some two dozen homes.

The nonprofit OUTspoken Leaders created the parade and a "#WelcomeHome" theme in a public embrace of the LGBTQ+ community as Pride Month draws to a close.

 

The parade stepped off about noon at St. Matthew United Church of Christ in Wheaton. Spectators lining the route greeted decorated cars with dancing and yard signs that declared "Wheaton is for everyone."

OUTspoken Leaders was founded by Jacob Kniep in 2019 to provide weekly discussion groups and safe places for LGBTQ+ young people. The group also urged the city to issue a proclamation in honor of Pride Month.

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