Gay Pride Chicago 2009: Three Days of Pink Speedos, Club Beats and Debbie Gibson
What a weekend! And no I’m not talking about the inexplicable box office gross of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Gay Pride was being celebrated all over the world and Chicago was no exception. The two days of festivals and concerts culminated in Sunday’s parade. Thelma Houston, the Grammy-winning “Don’t Leave Me This Way” soul singer did an amazing concert on Saturday afternoon. The other headliner was 80s pop sensation Debbie Gibson, or Deborah Gibson as she’s called now since she’s a serious film actress now. You may be one of the two million people who viewed the trailer for her latest movie, MegaShark Vs. Giant Octopus. Gibson performed her signature songs (none of which I remember) and some Broadway tunes (she’s no Liza). Overall, a good time, though — especially since the crowd of gay men treated her like royalty.
My living room windows overlooked the the festival and parade route, so it was quite convenient to be able to participate in the event without even leaving the comforts of home. Shots of the performances by Houston and Gibson, as well as the grand parade, are posted below. Pay special attention to the CW float at the bottom of the page. With a campy lineup of shows like Gossip Girl, 90210 and the upcoming relaunch of Melrose Place, it really does seem like the network is going gay. Especially after the news that the WB/UPN-merged network has canceled all of its programming with black stars. As long as they don’t bring back Queer Eye for the Straight Guy we’ll be okay.