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Photo of a street sign in Chicago's Boystown, gay neighborhood

Chicago’s LGBTQ Neighborhood Is Changing Name From Boystown

Photo of a street sign in Chicago's Boystown, gay neighborhood

From the Chicago Tribune:

Business leaders in Chicago’s largest LGBTQ neighborhood announced Wednesday that they would stop marketing the area as Boystown, following complaints that the 30-year-old name excludes women and gender nonbinary people.

Boystown will be called Northalsted and promoted as “Chicago’s Proudest Neighborhood,” according to a statement released Wednesday by the Northalsted Business Alliance, the local chamber of commerce.

The announcement follows an online survey by the Northalsted Business Alliance, answered by 7,900 people.

Of those survey-takers, 58% favored keeping the Boystown moniker and 20% said they felt unwelcomed by the Boystown name, according to Northalsted Business Alliance spokesperson Jen Gordon.

The push for changing the neighborhood’s name began with a Change.org petition which currently has 1,400+ signatures.

However, a competing petition – which calls for keeping the Boystown moniker – has over 2,000 signatures.

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