Best friends Daniela Canterero and Jack Smith, at right, dance during the Gay Straight Alliance prom. Smith, who is transitioning, wore a dress that his grandfather had given him before he died. "It was a really safe space and seeing people that are non binary and cisgender was really great," Smith said.
Rites of Passage define our lives. They signify the progress of time as well as our citizenship in a tribe, in a culture — in life itself.
Chicago commemorates these moments in ways that reflect its diversity, but through difference, we find commonality. We are all connected through these formal and informal ceremonies that remind us how much family, love and time shape us.