A business group in a historically gay district of Chicago is changing its (very apt) name of Boystown, reports USA Today.
A majority of people surveyed didn’t want the change. One person’s online complaint caused the change. But in the world of the left, the tyranny of minorities with grievances – no matter how unfounded or selfish – must be obeyed.
In 1997, former Mayor Richard M. Daley recognized Boystown, on Chicago’s North Side, as the city’s gay district. But the Northalsted Business Alliance announced in late September that it would no longer use the name in marketing after an activist complained baselessly in an online petition that the neighborhood’s street signs were a reminder that it is “for the boys.”
So the famed LGBTQ neighborhood is changing its nickname to one more inclusive of women, gender nonbinary individuals and people of color. It will now be advertised as Northalsted, with the motto “Chicago’s Proudest Neighborhood.”
“The Castro, Greenwich Village, West Hollywood, and many more. LGBTQ neighborhoods exist for all intersections of queer identity. Chicago’s is the only gendered nickname,” activist Devlyn Camp wrote in the petition.
“Many of our transgender siblings … have experienced transphobia in the North Halsted area. Our LGBTQ siblings of color looking for inclusive bars have been met with racism. Many women frequenting and working in North Halsted businesses have been met with sexism,” wrote Camp, who is gender nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
The petition came after Black speakers at the Drag March for Change in June, during Black Lives Matter protests, said they were denied jobs at nightclubs and bars in Boystown because of their race, The Chicago Tribune reported. In response to the petition, the alliance launched an eight-week online survey to gather community input, according to its website. Of the 7,890 surveyed, 20% said they felt unwelcomed by the moniker, while 58% favored keeping the “Boystown” name