The year was 1985, the month was June. Reagan was president. Tears For Fears had the nation's number-one song. "Back to the Future" was about to make a big splash at the box office. And Gaga wasn't even born yet.
And that year, just like this one, Chicago's LGBT community -- which they probably weren't calling themselves then -- were preparing to hit the streets for their annual Pride Parade.
Then-mayor Harold Washington was on hand, as was former mayor (1979-1983) Jane Byrne and the local chapters of PFLAG. The shorts were short, the 'staches were bountiful and the corporate logos were scant. Some 35,000 revelers were on hand -- a drop in the bucket compared to the 750,000 estimated to have taken part in the 2011 parade.
The mood was likely celebratory, with a caveat: As the Windy City Times (which was founded that same year) notes, deaths from AIDS were continuing to rise. By the end of that September, 315 AIDS cases had been reported statewide in Illinois. By 2005, 20 years later, that number would rise to 32,319.
Of those diagnosed with the disease in Illinois, about 16,500 have died.
Want to partake in pride in Chicago? Check out our previous guide to Pride Month citywide.
Scroll down to check out photos, courtesy of Alan Light, from Chicago's 1985 Gay Pride Parade:
Former mayor Jane Byrne
Then-mayor Harold Washington
Stonewall as The Birthplace of Modern Gay Rights Movement
On June 24, 2011, thousands gathered outside New York City's Stonewall Inn, anxiously awaiting the New York State Senate's vote on legalizing gay marriage. When news came that the bill had passed on a narrow 33-29 vote, the crowd erupted with joy. Stonewall is widely considered the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. Forty-two years ago this weekend, a brutal raid by the New York's Police Department set off a spontaneous and prolonged rebellion.