Thirty years ago today, on June 25, 1989, and only two months after being sworn in as mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley led the city’s gay pride parade. He was not the first Chicago mayor to participate, as Harold Washington (1983-1987) had attended while he was mayor. However, the local newspapers credited Mayor Daley as being the first to actually lead the parade.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, seated in car, greets a well wisher at the city's gay pride parade, June 25, 1989

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, seated in car, greets a well wisher at the city’s gay pride parade, June 25, 1989. RMD_07_0058_0026_003_013

Sources consulted

Griffin, Jean Latz. “Mayoral Hopefuls Support Gay Voters.” Chicago Tribune. February 5, 1987, page 1.

Page, Clarence. “Dealing with Gay Parades.” Chicago Tribune. July 7, 1985, page 3.

Rotenberk, Lori. “Daley is first mayor to lead gays’ parade.” Chicago Sun-Times. June 26, 1989, page 3. Newsbank. <https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.882004&rft_id=info%3Asid/infoweb.newsbank.com&svc_dat=AWNB&req_dat=0FD3D1C913B1A06F&rft_val_format=info%3Aofi/fmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Actx&rft_dat=document_id%3Anews%252F0EB36E660D6EB884> Paywall may apply. Accessed May 17, 2019.

Seigel, Jessica. “Daley’s support is inspiration to gay pride parade.” Chicago Tribune. June 26, 1989, page D1 and D3.