Let’s Go to Sidetrack(s)!

An Introduction to the Kindex & The Gay Chicago Election Project

Speech — Outspoken at Sidetrack Bar Chicago — 02.07.23

Kyle Palmer
8 min readFeb 8, 2023


I trust you will pardon me for being here to speak on politics. I do not wish to force my thoughts upon you, but rather, I have forced myself here to speak. At the end of this speech, I hope to convince you to support two candidates in Chicago’s 2023 elections and will describe how doing so makes you Chicago Kind.

I will also tell you about the Gay Chicago Election Project.

The last time you saw me at Outspoken, I was halfway thru writing a three-article series titled A Story About Carrie Evans. The story covers the before, after, and long-after events following the Mayor of Minot, North Dakota’s choice to fly a Pride Flag at City Hall. The blowback from that decision went off at the next City Council meeting, where Carrie Evans delivered a now-viral speech about the Pride Flag. If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going away,” you have heard this speech.