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LGBTQ rights have come a long way in the U.S. But the community still faces threats in the form of legalization, discrimination and even violence.


The famed LGBTQ neighborhood “Boystown” in Chicago is changing its nickname after an online petition claimed it wasn’t inclusive of women, gender nonbinary individuals and people of color.

The Northalsted Business Alliance announced last week that it would no longer use “Boystown” in marketing after an activist wrote in an online petition that the neighborhood’s street signs were a reminder that it is “for the boys.” 

It will now be advertised as Northalsted, with the slogan “Chicago’s Proudest Neighborhood.”

“The Castro, Greenwich Village, West Hollywood, and many more. LGBTQ neighborhoods exist for all intersections of queer identity. Chicago’s is the only gendered nickname,” activist Devlyn Camp wrote in the petition.

“Many of our transgender siblings … have experienced transphobia in the North

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