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Uni­ty in Com­mu­ni­ty: Cel­e­brat­ing 2024’s Pride Month!


Pictured: The Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride Flag adds the intersex community to the Progress Pride Flag. With this update from 2021, this serves as the most up-to-date LGBTQ+ flag. The flag was created by Valentino Vecchietti of Intersex Equality Rights UK. (Credit:

What is Pride?

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, which is a time to com­mem­o­rate, hon­or, and rec­og­nize the lega­cy and his­to­ry of LGBTQIA+ peo­ple. Pride Month began after the Stonewall Riots — a series of LGBTQIA+ lib­er­a­tion protests that began in the ear­ly hours of June 28th, 1969. Pride is also a time to acknowl­edge not only the his­tor­i­cal per­se­ver­ance of LGBTQIA+ peo­ple but also their cul­tur­al impact that con­tin­ues on today. KYC is proud to cel­e­brate our LGBTQIA+ staff mem­bers, clients, and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, this month and year round!

KYC Pride Events


Pop Up Pride at Wood­field Mall

Join Ken­neth Young Center’s LGBTQ+ Cen­ter and Wood­field Mall at​“Pop Up Pride”: sup­port­ive com­mu­ni­ties fos­ter thriv­ing youth.

We’ll be at Wood­field Mall from 2PM — 6PM on Sat­ur­day, June 15th inside of Grand Court. There will be a com­mu­ni­ty art project, bags, col­or­ing, com­mu­ni­ty resources, and much more! You won’t want to miss this excit­ing event! 


North­west Pride Fest

Join Ken­neth Young Cen­ter’s LGBTQ+ Cen­ter & Trick­ster Cul­tur­al Cen­ter for North­west Pride­ Fest on June 29th

We will have local com­mu­ni­ty resources, live enter­tain­ment, activ­i­ties, and more! This fam­i­ly-friend­ly cel­e­bra­tion will be host­ed at Trick­ster Cul­tur­al Cen­ter in Schaum­burg, IL from 2PM-7PM and it is sure to be a cel­e­bra­tion of our all of our com­mu­ni­ties’ pris­mat­ic colors! 


    Catch Us at These Com­mu­ni­ty Pride Month Events!

    The cel­e­bra­tions don’t stop after Pop Up Pride and North­west Pride Fest! Keep the Pride par­ty going by hang­ing out with us at: 

    Check back as we’ll update this sec­tion with addi­tion­al events we’ll be attend­ing here!

    KYC LGBTQ+ Resources

    Ken­neth Young Cen­ter’s LGBTQ+ Cen­ter pro­vides youth and young adult pro­gram­ming that cul­ti­vates a brave space and pos­i­tive devel­op­ment. Insight, lived expe­ri­ence, com­pas­sion, and edu­ca­tion are core ten­ants of the pro­gram­ming that takes place. Ken­neth Young Cen­ter’s LGBTQ+ Cen­ter offers Com­mu­ni­ty Nights to con­nect with peers, lead­er­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties through the Rain­bow Room Youth Advi­so­ry Coun­cil, free affirm­ing cloth­ing through the Q Clos­et, com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment through the North Sub­ur­ban Pride Net­work, and a host of sea­son­al events like North­west Pride Fest and Pop Up Pride. You can learn more about the Ken­neth Young LGBTQ+ Cen­ter here!

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