Update-OakPark, Il LGBT support

Update there are places in Oak Park, IL that have either a flag or windbreaker thingee that shows support for Gay Pride this weekend! Good for these businesses/organizations for bucking the status quo in Oak Park, Il by showing common sense by being supportive and inclusive!

From what my reader Ann tells me they are:

  • Methodist church on Washington and Oak park ave (First United Methodist Church of Oak Park)
  • Art Gecko 41 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304
  • Bead in hand 145 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304

If anyone can get pictures to post that will be super, I will post them here!

Oak Park, IL why no visible LGBT support?

Maybe I was spoiled by living in Lakeview after a couple of years but I noticed how “boys town” was very diverse.

On the contrary, moving to Oak Park, IL I have realized how insular it really is from the outside world in comparison (to such places as Lakeview).

Even though it borders the rough and tumble West side of Chicago the thought process about or image of Oak Park, IL is that of a liberal suburb that is artsy and  open to new worldly attitudes and ways of life.

However, I notice that as the Pride parade is heavily touted as a major event for Chicago, and its LGBT community, many communities, and businesses are showing support and being very vocal and visual with that support. Usually in the form of the rainbow in their windows or rainbow flags showing that they are open supporters of the LGBT community. Sadly, this is not happening in Oak Park; it is not that liberal I guess.

On the West side of Chicago, most individuals understand that they might meet some type of resistance against openly supporting gay rights. In a way, it is almost expected that there is no LGBT acceptance (on the West side of Chicago), but you would not think that so in suburb like Oak Park.

Why is this support absent? Are there no members of the LGBT community in Oak Park, IL? Why aren’t there at least physical symbols like a rainbow signage placed in the bottom of a storefront’s window?

Is Oak Park, IL not as “open” as they portray themselves to be? Are these not issues that Oak Park, IL does not want to deal with or discuss? Does Oak Park believe that showing support goes against the village’s beliefs as a whole? Or does it mean that it puts Oak Park, IL in a spotlight that it does not want or cannot afford at this time (if ever)?

Eh, just wondering why a suburb with such an open and warm inviting image does not include an invitation or support of the LGBT community openly?