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The rainbow flag will be flying all month at Daley Plaza.
WILL JONES: As the first openly LGBTQ Cook County Commissioner, Kevin Morrison is proud to kick off Pride Month in the county with the raising of the rainbow pride flag at Daley Plaza. For the first time, it will be flying throughout the month.
KEVIN MORRISON: By raising the rainbow flag, the pride flag, we are sending a clear message. No matter who you love, you are welcome in Cook County.
WILL JONES: Morrison says he takes pride in representing his community.
KEVIN MORRISON: Growing up in Elk Grove Village, I never thought I would get the opportunity to serve my community as an elected official.
WILL JONES: The month of June was chosen for Pride Month to commemorate the riots held by members of the LGBTQ community against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in June of 1969. The first Pride marches happened a year later, including here in Chicago.
JENNIFER BRIER: The first Pride parade was a riot, was a rebellion. It was an attempt to tell the police that they had to stop attacking people because of the places that they congregated.
WILL JONES: The annual Pride parade on the North Side is always a huge celebration. It was canceled last year due to the pandemic. This year, it has been pushed back to October. October is LGBT History Month. The legacy project is always focused on highlighting the history of the LGBTQ community during Pride and throughout the entire year.
VICTOR SALVO: It's more than a parade. It's really about the entire legacy of LGBTQ achievements on behalf of the world.
WILL JONES: In Chicago, Will Jones, ABC 7 Eyewitness News.