ABC7 digital town hall celebrating Pride Month hosted by Jason Knowles

ABC7 Chicago's Jason Knowles To Moderate
CHICAGO (WLS) -- June is "Pride Month"! ABC7, Chicago's No. 1 station for news, celebrated Pride Month with a virtual town hall showcasing Chicago's vital and diverse LGBTQ community and raise awareness of the important issues affecting this community. ABC7 Chicago's Jason Knowles will moderate "OUR CHICAGO: Voices of the Community," available on abc7chicago.com, Tuesday, June 7.

Knowles led an important conversation with LGBTQ leaders who represent various segments of the community to get their perspective on recent anti-gay legislation passed in other states and whether they see any possible causes for concern in Illinois.

"OUR CHICAGO: Voices of the Community" also looked at how local business and social services have fared during the pandemic and if the model for providing services has changed. Organization leaders who work with the vulnerable LGBTQ youth and trans community will address the mental and physical health issues they face and what programs are available to address their critical needs.

This week's panelists included the following:

  • Tim Frye, PrideChicago

  • Brian C. Johnson, Equality Illinois

  • Mary Morten, Morten Group

  • Luke Romesberg, Center on Halsted

  • LaSaia Wade, Brave Space Alliance


  • The virtual town hall was also exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's app, and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.

    Finally, Knowles shared all the exciting festivities planned for this year's Pride Parade. ABC7 Chicago will broadcast the Pride Parade live on Sunday, June 26, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Hosted by Hosea Sanders, Tanja Babich and Jason Knowles, the parade will be streamed live on abc7chicago.com, the ABC 7 New App and on the station's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.

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