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10 ways to celebrate Pride Month

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Chicago's annual Pride Month is back. Here are 10 things to do in celebration:

Worship service

The Chicago Council of Welcoming Churches has invited the Rev. Drawnn Pirani Brumfield to be the featured preacher for the group's annual Pride Worship Service. The theme for this year is "Sharing Light, Sharing Faith in Divided Times." 4 p.m. June 11, Resurrection Lutheran Church (3309 N. Seminary Ave.). A reception will follow the service.

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Cabaret

Songs for the Season performs "Wilde and Woolley: A Musical Exploration of Cole Porter's Inner Circle," a one-man show about the life of the (semi-)closeted gay artist and composer Cole Porter. The show is 8–9:30 p.m. June 11 (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) at Davenport's Piano Bar Cabaret (1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Tickets ($13) can be purchased in advance at www.reservations.davenportspianobar.com.

Reading and book signing

Former Chicagoan and writer Anna Pulley reads "The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (With Cats!)" as part of the Pride Month celebration. The reading starts at 7:30 p.m. June 16 at Women & Children First bookstore (5233 N. Clark St.).

Chicago Pride Fest

The annual street festival in Boystown includes performances by Jordin Sparks, Daya and Dumblonde. The festival is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m June 18-19 on Halsted Street between Addison and Grace streets. Suggested donation for each day: $10.

Choral concert

Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire perform "Simply the Best." Tickets ($30 reserved seating, $18 general admission) can be reserved in advance from www.brownpapertickets.org or purchased at the door ($20 general admission, $15 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for students with valid ID and kids age 6-17, free for children 5 and under) starting at 4:15 p.m. The show starts at 5 p.m. June 18, Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 W. Foster Ave.).

Chicago Dyke March

The Chicago Dyke March Collective hosts the 20th anniversary Chicago Dyke March on June 25, starting near California Avenue and Division Street in Humboldt Park. The rally route will be approximately half a mile long.

5K and 10K

"Proud to Run" is an inclusive event that is open to all gender-identifying and -expressed participants. The event includes a 5K and a 10K race and walk June 25. The race starts at 8:04 a.m. for the 10K and 8:15 a.m. for the 5K from Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive, north of Montrose Harbor. $50 online registration must be completed at www.proudtorun.org before 6 p.m. June 24.

Pride Parade

Starting in Uptown, through Boystown to the tip of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the parade features 160 registered entries — performance groups, marching bands, walking contingents, decorated vehicles and floats over a 2-mile route. The festivities begin at noon June 26 at the intersection of Broadway and Montrose Avenue and ends at the intersection of Sheridan Road, Cannon Drive and Diversey Parkway.

LGBT veterans ceremony

The Chicago Commission on Human Relations and the Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights host the 13th annual salute to LGBT Veterans, "With Liberty and Justice for All." The program lasts for an hour, noon to 1 p.m., June 30 in Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St.).

Black pride

From rooftop party to house music party, LGBTQ black communities and allies host a variety of events over five days and nights June 30 to July 4. More information can be found at www.windycityblackpride.info.

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