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Quigley Statement on Passing of Richard Pfeiffer

Oct 7, 2019
Press Release

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement after learning of the passing of Richard Pfeiffer, coordinator of the annual Chicago Pride Parade since 1974 and a member of Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame:

“For over 40 years, Richard was an icon of Chicago’s LGBT movement and one of the Chicago Pride Parade’s most fervent leaders. He guided the parade from its origins as a march protesting injustice, through its growth into a celebration of the LGBT community, and in recent years, its turn back toward protest. It is fitting that this past year, which we now know was Richard’s last, would also mark Pride’s largest parade ever.

“While I was deeply saddened to learn of Richard’s passing, I am confident that the many organizations that Richard helped lead and grow will continue his incredible legacy.

“My thoughts are with all those who loved him, particularly his husband of 48 years, Tim. Richard’s passing is a loss not just for Chicago’s LGBT community, of which he was a champion, but for all of Chicago.”