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Boystown: How Chicago Got Its Gay Neighborhood

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Katherine Nagasawa

How did Boystown become Boystown? In this special Curious City presentation, we tackle a question from Jack Floyd about how Boystown became Chicago’s official LGBTQ neighborhood. From the protests of the 1960s to the AIDS crisis to questions of inclusivity in today’s community, we explore the people, places and politics that helped shape the neighborhood and its identity. Click here for the online presentation (complete with archival photos and a map of LGBTQ establishments over time).

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