Chicago’s LGBTQ Neighborhood Is Changing Name From Boystown

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

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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Dallas: Another Attack In Oak Lawn Leaves Gay Man With Fractured Skull

Dallas’ LGBT community seems under siege by attackers in the city’s gayborhood of Oak Lawn which has seen over a dozen violent attacks in recent months.

Via Dallas Morning News:

Geoffrey Hubbard reportedly left work at the Tap House bar on Cedar Springs Road to have drinks with friends. Someone struck him in the head about 11:15 p.m. in the 3200 block of Knight Street, police said.

Hubbard rolled under a SUV parked nearby to protect himself.

“He grabbed my pocket and was trying to grab my wallet and I kicked him off and just yelled for help,”he told WFAA from his hospital room at Baylor University Medical Center.

An off-duty police officer happened to be driving in the area and helped Hubbard.

He remained in the ICU this morning with a skull fracture, according to WFAA.

Oak Lawn’s LGBT community was already on edge because of at least 10 attacks on people since September.

In one of the attacks, four men beat a man using a baseball bat after the gay pride parade and then robbed him. Police were investigating that attack as a hate crime because the suspects reportedly made “numerous derogatory statements referencing the victim’s perceived sexual orientation.”