Moderated by ABC 7 Chicago I-Team Consumer Investigative Reporter Jason Knowles
CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7, Chicago's No. 1 station for news, is celebrating Pride Month on all of its platforms, including two special virtual town halls on June 10 and June 24. This week's forum is moderated by ABC 7 Chicago's I-Team Consumer Investigative Reporter, Jason Knowles and was streamed live on abc7chicago.com Thursday, June 10, at 2:00 p.m.
During this forum, Jason Knowles explored various issues relevant to the LBGTQ+ community with some of Chicago's leaders in the business and non-profit arenas. They delved deeper into issues such as legal issues and recent legislation impacting the trans community and the disproportionate impact that the criminal legal system has on this community. Incidences of anti-gay hate and programs provided to help the victims. Whether the lesbian community feels "heard" within the general LGBTQ discourse. Impact of the pandemic on this community. Other topics for discussion are the name change of the historically gay neighborhood known as "Boystown" to "Northalsted, and concerns surrounding current FDA restrictions on blood donations from gay men. And finally, we learned more about the Legacy Project of Chicago, a non-profit cultural/education charity focused on highlighting and promoting LGBTQ contributions to world history and culture.
Guest panelists for this week's town hall included:
-Mary Morten, Morten Group
-LaSaia Wade, Brave Space Alliance
-Victor Salvo, Legacy Project Chicago
-Diego Cevallos-Garzon, Strong Hands Gym
-Avi Rudnick, Chicago House and Transformative Justice Law Project (TJLP)
The virtual town hall was also exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app, and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.
About ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago
ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago is the No. 1 local news source and most-watched television station in Chicago. With top-rated daily newscasts spanning decades and the largest social media presence in the market with more than 2.3 million Facebook followers, ABC7 Eyewitness News provides breaking news, investigative reporting, weather, politics, traffic and sports in the multiplatform space to Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana. Named Best News Operation by the Associated Press for four consecutive years, the station produces 41 hours of local news weekly and Chicago's only local weekday entertainment talk show, "Windy City LIVE," as well as its highest-rated New Year's Eve special. ABC7's award-winning programs such as "Heart and Soul," "The Ñ Beat" and "Asian Influences" showcase the city's diversity, while being the only Chicago station producing and broadcasting parades representing Chicago's rich cultural history. In addition to producing town halls focused on current social issues, the station has a long and proud tradition of broadcasting political candidate debates keeping Chicago's electorate informed. ABC7's outreach efforts include annual partnerships with the Red Cross for life-saving blood drives and, most recently, spearheading an effort to raise more than $1.5 million for area food pantries.