Chicago Park District Celebrates Inclusivity with MasQUEERade Ball at Columbus Park

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The Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks event series welcomes a new initiative into its fold, the teen-led Queering the Parks (QTP) initiative. Chicago youth from across the city, who identify as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally, Plus) are collaborating to support safer public spaces for their communities by hosting inclusive events. The event series will culminate with a MasQUEERade Ball on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd. from 6 pm to 10 pm.  The free event is open LGBTQIA+ youth and allies, ages 13 to 24 years old as well as adult chaperones, volunteers, and queer elders. This high-glam event queers a typical homecoming dance and invites youth to express themselves as they enjoy a night of dancing and partying with friends. This vogue-style ball with feature a DJ, hair and make-up stations, photo booth, runway competitions, and prizes. All events are free and produced by the newly formed Queering the Parks Teen Committee. The Queering the Parks initiative kicked off with a Queering BBQ during Pride Month and a summer Queer Pool Party. For information about Queering the Parks events, visit

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