CHICAGO — Led by leaders of the local drag community, thousands of protesters marched the streets of Boystown in support of the Black Lives Matter movement Sunday night.
The Drag March for Change grew into one of the largest protests in Chicago in recent weeks as several thousand people came out to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade, a black transgender man murdered by a Tallahassee police officer last month.
With many events cancelled during Pride Month in Chicago, the march and rally gave members of the LGBTQ community a chance to make their voices heard.
Organizers called for violence committed against trans people to be a federal hate crime, an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council to oversee Chicago police, the immediate release of all protesters who have been recently arrested and an acknowledgement that black lives matter from all levels of government.
The black LGBTQ activists who organized the demonstration said dressing in drag is already a type of civil disobedience in how it rebels against gender rules. Since they do it every day, they did it again Sunday with this mission in mind: marching in solidarity with the black lives matter movement.
The protest remained peaceful throughout Sunday night, and there were no major incidents with police.
WATCH ABOVE: A “Drag March for Change” in support of Black Lives Matter drew a large crowd to Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood on the North Side Sunday