Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame

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Coordinates: 41°56′58″N 87°38′57″E / 41.9494°N 87.6491°E / 41.9494; 87.6491 The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame (formerly Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame) is an institution founded in 1991 to honor persons and entities who have made significant contributions to the quality of life or well-being of the LGBT community in Chicago. It is the first city-sponsored hall of fame dedicated to LGBT people, organizations and community in the United States.


The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame was created in June 1991.[1] The hall of fame is the first "municipal institution of its kind in the United States, and possibly in the world."[1] The first ceremony took place during Pride Week and was held at Chicago City Hall.[1] Mayor Richard M. Daley hosted the ceremony and afterwards, photos of the inductees were displayed in city hall.[1][2] Clarence Wood, of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations did not want to continue city sponsorship of the hall of fame after its first year.[3] However, the city continued to sponsor the hall of fame after the first year.[4]

It currently has no physical facility but maintains a website, which allows anyone to visit the Hall of Fame at any time.[5] In 2016, the name of the Hall of Fame was changed to LGBT Hall of Fame.[6]


Inductees of the Hall of Fame can be any individuals or organizations who have contributed to the LGBTQ community in Chicago.[4] Mayor Richard M. Daley said that the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame "honors individuals and organizations within the LGBT communities who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and work to enrich and unify our city."[7]

LGBT Hall of Fame
Name Birth–Death Year Area of achievement
Ortez Alderson 1991 Actor and activist.[8]
Jon-Henri Damski (1937–1997) 1991 Columnist and Chicago journalist.[9]
James W. Flint 1991 Founder and owner of Miss Gay Continental Pageant.[9]
Gay Chicago Magazine 1991 LGBT news.[8]
Renee C. Hanover (1926–2011) 1991 LGBT attorney.[8]
Howard Brown Health Center 1991 Health center serving LGBT community.[8]
Judith S. Johns 1991 Friend of the community.[8]
Carol A. Johnson 1991 Midwest AIDS Project coordinator.[8]
William B. Kelley (1942–2016) 1991 LGBT activist and board member.[8]
Marie J. Kuda (1940–2016) 1991 Historian and archivist who worked to preserve LGBT culture.[10]
Chuck Renslow (1929–2017) 1991 Cofounded Gold Coast, a gay bar.[8]
Adrienne J. Smith (1934–1992) 1991 One of the first out lesbian psychologists.[8]
Maxxon "Max" C. Smith 1991 Gay rights activist.[8]
Richard B. Turner 1991 Co-founder of Funders Concerned About AIDS.[8]
Gary Chichester 1992 30 years of commitment to LGBT community.[11]
Ann Christophersen 1992 Businesswoman.[12]
Thom Dombkowski 1992 [12]
Henry Gerber (1892–1972) 1992 Founded Chicago's Society for Human Rights.[12]
Richard Lee Gray 1992 Helping African American LGBT people.[12]
Vernita Gray (1948–2014) 1992 LGBT hotline, support groups.[12]
Peg Grey (1945–2007) 1992 LGBT athletics.[11]
Pearl M. Hart (1890–1975) 1992 Lawyer defending LGBT civil rights.[11]
Horizons Community Services 1992 LGBT social service agency.[13]
Harley McMillen 1992 Helped form health clinics and the AIDS Action Project.[14]
Scott McPherson (1959–1992) 1992 One of the first openly gay artists.[11]
Metropolitan Sports Association 1992 Organized athletic activities in Chicago.[15]
Dom Orejudos (1933–1991) 1992 Dancer and choreographer.[11]
Mary D. Powers 1992 Friend of the community.[11]
Daniel Sotomayor 1992 Openly gay cartoonist and AIDS activist.[11]
Valerie Taylor (1913–1997) 1992 LGBT advocate.[11]
Proud Black Lesbians and Gays 1993 Committee formed to promote a positive image of LGBT African Americans.[16]
Robert Sloane Basker 1993 Founded Mattachine Midwest.[17]
E. Kitch Childs 1993 Psychologist and LGBT rights advocate.[17]
Jerrold Cohen 1993 Community group organizer.[17]
Robert T. Ford 1993 Worked on LGBT outreach to the African American community.[17]
Richard Garrin 1993 Founding director of Windy City Gay Chorus.[17]
Jeff Graubart-Cervone 1993 LGBT activist.[17]
Joel Hall 1993 Choreographer.[17]
Nancy Lanoue 1993 Fought to stop violence against women.[17]
Sid L. Mohn 1993 First openly-gay person to be ordained in the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ.[18]
Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children 1993 [18]
Kathy Osterman (1943–1992) 1993 Friend of the community.[18]
Richard W. Pfeiffer 1993 Activist and volunteer.[18]
Linda S. Rodgers 1993 Businesswoman, fund-raiser and activist.[18]
Ron Sable 1993 Co-founded HIV/AIDS clinic. Openly gay physician.[18]
Bruce C. Scott 1993 Fought anti-gay employment discrimination.[18]
Marge Summit 1993 Businesswoman.[18]
Joanne E. Trapani 1993 Political activist.[18]
Al Wardell 1993 LGBT Community leader.[18]
Robert J. Adams 1994 Leader of the Chicago chapter of NAMES.[19]
Tracy Baim 1994 Journalist and photographer.[19]
George S. Buse 1994 LGBT activist, actor and minister.[19]
James A. Bussen 1994 [19]
Lori Cannon 1994 Friend of the community.[19]
John Chester 1994 LGBT leader.[19]
Chicago House and Social Service Agency 1994 Agency that provides care and housing for people with HIV and AIDS in Chicago.[20]
Samuel F. Davis, Jr. 1994 Entrepreneur and attorney.[21]
Adrienne J. Goodman 1994 Friend of the community.[21]
Earnest E. Hite, Jr. 1994 Co-founder of Image Plus.[21]
Bruce Koff 1994 LGBT social services advocate.[21]
Ellis B. Levin (1945– ) 1994 Friend of the community.[21]
Lionheart Gay Theatre Company 1994 Theater performing LGBT works.[21]
Open Hand Chicago 1994 In-home meal program for persons living with AIDS.[21]
Gregory A. Sprague 1994 LGBT researcher.[21]
Elizabeth E. Tocci 1994 Gay bar owner.[21]
Steven F. Wakefield 1994 LGBT leader.[21]
Caryn Berman 1995 Therapist and social worker.[22]
Samson Chan 1995 LGBT activist.[22]
T. Chris Cothran 1995 Activist involved in the Pride parades in Chicago.[22]
Sarah Craig 1995 LGBT journalist.[23]
Frontrunners Frontwalkers Chicago 1995 Running club for LGBT people.[22]
Jean V. Hardisty 1995 Helped open the first shelter for women who were victims of domestic violence.[24]
Nick Kelly 1995 LGBT activist.[24]
Dawn Clark Netsch (1926–2013) 1995 Friend of the community.[24]
José Pena 1995 Video artist.[24]
Queer Nation Chicago 1995 Direct-action organization supporting LGBT individuals.[24]
David B. Sindt 1995 LGBT activist in religious communities.[24]
Armando L. Smith 1995 Community leader.[24]
James Monroe Smith 1995 Founded AIDS Legal Council.[24]
Thomas M. Tunney 1995 [24]
Yvonne Zipter 1995 Columnist documenting LGBT lives.[24]
Jacqueline Anderson 1996 LGBT educator and writer.[25]
Bailiwick Repertory's Pride Series 1996 Pride series in theater starting in the 1980s.[25]
Jack Delaney 1996 LGBT supporter and leader.[26]
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives 1996 Largest LGBT archives in the Midwest.[27]
Arlene Halko (1933–2007) 1996 Physicist, AIDS and LGBT activist.[28]
Greg Harris (1955– ) 1996 Openly gay politician.[13]
Frankie Knuckles (1955–2014) 1996 Inventor of Chicago House music.[29]
Tony Midnite (1926–2009) 1996 Early drag performer and costume designer.[15]
Mary Morten 1996 Documented African American lesbian experiences, LGBT leader.[30]
Ifti Nasim (1946–2011) 1996 Pakistani LGBT poet.[30]
Charlotte Newfeld 1996 LGBT activist.[31]
Norm Sloan 1996 LGBT activist.[32]
Tiffani St. Cloud 1996 Student LGBT organizer.[33]
Toni Armstrong, Jr. 1997 LGBT educator and musician.[25]
Miguel Ayala 1997 Student LGBT activist.[25]
Roger Chaffin 1997 LGBT businessman.[34]
James C. Darby 1997 Co-founder of Veterans for Equal Rights.[26]
Dignity/Chicago 1997 Local chapter for LGBT Roman Catholics.[26]
Ida Greathouse 1997 AIDS activist.[28]
John Hammell 1997 Lawyer working on behalf of LGBT people and people living with HIV/AIDS.[28]
Rick Karlin 1997 LGBT community activist.[35]
Corinne J. Kawecki 1997 LGBT volunteer.[35]
Larry McKeon (1944–2008) 1997 First openly gay Illinois state senator.[14]
David G. Ostrow 1997 Leader in gay men's health.[31]
Mary Ann Smith 1997 Friend of the community.[32]
Carrie Barnett 1998 Co-founder of People Like Us Books.[36]
Thomas R. Chiola (1952– ) 1998 First openly gay person elected to public office in Illinois.[37]
Laurie J. Dittman 1998 Political and LGBT community organizer.[38]
Jeannette Howard Foster (1895–1991) 1998 Writer, educator, librarian, author of first critical study of lesbian literature.[39]
Jorjet Harper 1998 Writer on LGBT issues.[13]
Arthur L. Johnston 1998 Community activist.[35]
Ira H. Jones 1998 Spokesperson for LGBT rights.[35]
Clifford P. Kelley 1998 Friend of the community.[29]
Dorothy Klefstad 1998 Friend of the community.[29]
LesBiGay Radio 1998 Chicago broadcast serving the LGBT audience.[40]
Renae Ogletree (1950–2010) 1998 LGBT and health care activist.[31]
Dean Robert Ogren 1998 LGBT volunteer.[31]
Victor A. Salvo, Jr. 1998 LGBT activist.[33]
Modesto "Tico" Valle 1998 LGBT activist.[41]
Luule Vess 1998 Founder of Chicago's Project VIDA.[41]
Ava Allen 1999 Owner of Chicago's oldest Lesbian bar, Lost & Found.[25]
John J. Balester 1999 Leader in the Illinois Gay and Lesbian Task Force and chair of Chicago's Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues.[36]
David Brian Bell 1999 Advocate for people with HIV/AIDS.[36]
Randy Duncan 1999 Choreographer who uses LGBT themes in his work.[38]
Rick Garcia 1999 LGBT activist.[39]
Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965) 1999 Playwright and supporter of LGBT rights.[28]
Derrick Allen Hicks (1955–2002) 1999 Community organizer.[13]
Billie Jean King (1943– ) 1999 Friend of the community.[29]
Lesbian Community Cancer Project 1999 First program to provide services for LGBT women with cancer and their families.[40]
Adrene Perom (1935–2000) 1999 Friend of the community.[42]
Norman L. Sandfield 1999 Community organizer in LGBT and Jewish communities.[33]
Gregg Shapiro 1999 Literary and music critic who brought awareness to LGBT community.[43]
Jesse White (1934– ) 1999 Friend of the community.[44]
Phil Wilson (1956– ) 1999 Advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS.[44]
ACT UP/Chicago 2000 Local chapter of ACT UP.[16]
Association of Latin Men for Action 2000 Group supporting LGBT Latinos.[25]
Lorrainne Sade Baskerville 2000 Founder of transGenesis.[36]
Henry Blake Fuller (1857–1929) 2000 Writer who incorporated gay characters in his work.[39]
Chicago chapter of GLSEN 2000 Organization helping students and staff in schools.[27]
Phil A. Hannema 2000 Volunteer in LGBT organizations.[28]
Sarah Lucia Hoagland (1945– ) 2000 Professor and writer.[13]
Nancy J. Katz 2000 First openly lesbian judge in Illinois.[35]
Danny Kopelson 2000 LGBT fundraiser.[29]
Patricia S. McCombs 2000 LGBT and African American organizer.[14]
Helen Shiller (1947– ) 2000 Friend of the community.[43]
Rene A. Van Hulle, Jr. ( –2007) 2000 Community organizer.[41]
Israel Wright 2000 LGBT community leader.[44]
Lora Branch 2001 Health professional involved with HIV/AIDS prevention.[45]
Robert Castillo 2001 LGBT organizer.[34]
Chicago Gay Men's Chorus 2001 Choral group active since 1983.[37]
Keith Elliot 2001 Dancer and choreographer raising money for HIV/AIDS.[38]
Sara Feigenholtz (1956– ) 2001 Friend of the community.[38]
Frank Goley (1943–1994) 2001 With his partner, Robert Maddox, he was an openly gay businessman and owner of Male Hide Leathers store.[27]
Robert Maddox (1935–2009) 2001 With his partner, Frank Goley, he was an openly gay businessman and owner of Male Hide Leathers store.[27]
Chuck Hyde 2001 Businessman and fundraiser.[13]
Antonio David Jimenez 2001 HIV/AIDS educator.[35]
Michael A. Leppen 2001 Philanthropist and fundraiser.[40]
Ellen A. Meyers 2001 LGBT political organizer.[15]
Kathryn Munzer 2001 Helped foster lesbian culture.[30]
Studs Terkel (1912–2008) 2001 Friend of the community.[46]
Affinity Community Services 2002 Organization serving black LGBT women.[16]
Evette Cardona 2002 LGBT organizer.[34]
C.C. Carter 2002 Writer, poet and performer.[34]
James "Little Jim" Gates 2002 Community leader and owner of gay bar, Little Jim's.[39]
Louis I. Lang 2002 Friend of the community.[40]
Mattachine Midwest 2002 First gay rights organization in Chicago.[15]
NAMES Project, Chicago chapter 2002 NAMES is an AIDS Quilt custodian.[30]
Charles Edward Nelson II 2002 HIV/AIDS activist.[30]
Mona Noriega 2002 LGBT activist.[31]
Christina Smith 2002 LGBT activist.[32]
Lauren Sugerman 2002 Out lesbian helping women involved in construction and manufacturing trades.[46]
Angel Abcede 2003 Dancer, writer and LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist.[16]
About Face Theatre 2003 LGBT Theater in Chicago.[16]
AIDS Legal Council of Chicago 2003 Organization providing funds and free legal assistance to people affected by HIV.[16]
Buddies' Restaurant and Bar 2003 Neighborhood and community business.[45]
Tania Callaway (1952–2000) 2003 Chef and community organizer.[34]
Armand R. Cerbone 2003 Worked to help LGBT people through psychology and therapy. Wrote official guidelines for psychotherapy with LGBT clients.[34]
Chicago Black Lesbians and Gays 2003 Coalition of activist groups for both people of color and LGBT people.[37]
R. Sue Connolly 2003 Helped LGBT charities.[23]
Robert Bonvouloir Foster ( –1991) 2003 Lawyer and LGBT activist.[39]
The Graham Family 2003 Friend of the community.[27]
Tonda L. Hughes 2003 Health professional aiding lesbians.[13]
Patricia M. Logue 2003 Opened the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in Chicago.[14]
John Pennycuff 2003 LGBT activist.[42]
Laurence E. Spang 2003 Created dental clinic for low-income people with HIV positive status.[32]
Sheron Denise Webb 2003 DJ playing music for many occasions.[44]
Albert N. Williams 2003 Journalist, writer and award-winning editor of GayLife and Windy City Times.[44]
Roger Brown (1941–1997) 2004 Painter and muralist.[45]
Christopher Clason (1953–1991) 2004 Created Test Positive Aware Network.[37]
Charles E. Clifton ( –2004) 2004 HIV/AIDS activist.[23]
Frank Galati (1943– ) 2004 Actor and professor emeritus at Northwest University.[39]
Ralph Paul Gernhardt (1934–2006) 2004 Writer and activist.[27]
Suzanne Marie Kraus 2004 LGBT activist.[29]
Lincoln Park Lagooners 2004 Social group that has raised money to fight HIV/AIDS and homophobia.[40]
Mulryan and York 2004 Law firm of Mary M. York and Rosemary Mulryan.[30]
PFLAG Chicago 2004 Friend of the community.[42]
Julio Rodriguez 2004 Advocate for Latinx LGBT people.[47]
Nan Schaffer 2004 Veterinarian and philanthropist.[33]
Terri Worman 2004 LGBT community organizer.[44]
Alexandra Scott Billings 2005 Transgender actor.[36]
Megan Carney 2005 Working with LGBT youth.[34]
Aldo Castillo 2005 LGBT activist.[34]
John D'Emilio (1948– ) 2005 LGBT historian.[26]
Equality Illinois 2005 Organization fighting against inequality in Illinois.[38]
Mary "Merry Mary" Featherson 2005 Friend of the community.[48]
Mike McHale 2005 LGBT activist and lawyer.[14]
Jim Pickett 2005 Writer and LGBT activist.[42]
Juan Reed 2005 Helped create an LGBT friendly church at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.[47]
Carol Ronen 2005 Friend of the community.[47]
C. Michael Savage (1952–2004) 2005 Social service advocate.[33]
Catherine Sikora 2005 Photographer and LGBT activist.[49]
Lawrence E. Sloan (1959–1995) 2005 Director, playwright and producer who helped raise money to fight HIV/AIDS.[43]
Test Positive Aware Network 2005 Organization to help those who are HIV positive to have a community.[46]
Margaret C. Anderson (1886–1973) 2006 Literary couple made up of Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap.[25]
Jane Heap (1883–1964) 2006 Literary couple made up of Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap.[25]
Congregation Or Chadash 2006 LGBT friendly Jewish synagogue.[23]
Jacques Cristion ( –2003) 2006 Drag performer.[23]
Richard M. Daley (1942– ) 2006 LGBT friendly mayor of Chicago.[26]
Marigold Bowl 2006 Meeting play for LGBT people in Chicago.[15]
Jill M. Metz 2006 Lawyer and LGBT advocate.[15]
Charles R. Middleton 2006 First openly gay man to be a major U.S. university president.[15]
Edward Negron 2006 LGBT Latinx community advocate.[30]
Laird Petersen ( –2010) 2006 LGBT volunteer.[42]
Sidetrack 2006 Organization that allows activists to host events, donates goods and services.[43]
Star Gaze 2006 Bar that has been supportive of the LGBT community.[46]
Richard M. Uyvari 2006 Leader in LGBT sports in Chicago.[41]
American Veterans for Equal Rights 2007 Group serving and supporting LGBT veterans.[25]
David Blatt 2007 David Blatt and David Moore are physicians who have helped LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities.[36]
David Moore 2007 David Blatt and David Moore are physicians who have helped LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities.[36]
Carol Moseley Braun (1947– ) 2007 Friend of the community.[45]
Robbin Burr 2007 Helped start domestic partner benefits at American Airlines.[45]
Gay Games VII 2007 The Gay Games were held in Chicago in 2006.[37]
Tarrina Dikes 2007 LGBT volunteer.[26]
Martin Gapshis (1946–2010) 2007 LGBT community leader.[39]
Jeffrey E. McCourt (1955–2007) 2007 Founding publisher of Windy City Times.[14]
Carlos T. Mock 2007 LGBT activist.[15]
Chilli Pepper 2007 Drag performer.[42]
A Real Read 2007 African American LGBT ensemble performing from 1996 to 2001.[47]
Karen C. Sendziak 2007 Gerber/Hart librarian.[43]
Patrick Sheahan 2007 LGBT community activist.[43]
Harold Washington (1922–1987) 2007 Friend of the community.[44]
Vera Washington 2007 LGBT community activist.[44]
Jane Addams (1860–1935) 2008 Community activist and Chicago icon.[16]
Suzanne Arnold 2008 LGBT sports community leader.[25]
Artemis Singers 2008 First lesbian chorus in the US.[25]
Kevin G. Boyer 2008 Former president of the Gerber/Hart Library.[45]
Sam Coady 2008 Leader in the LGBT sports community.[23]
Gregory R. Dell 2008 Friend of the community.[26]
Katherine (Kit) Duffy 2008 Friend of the community.[38]
Eddie Dugan (1944–1987) 2008 Early supporter of Gay Chicago Magazine, owner of Dugan's Bistro.[38]
Murray Edelman 2008 Founder of Chicago Gay Liberation.[38]
Stephen (Wanda Lust) Jones ( –1978) 2008 Drag entertainer and health advocate.[35]
Joe La Pat (1943–2008) 2008 Supporter of LGBT organizations in Chicago.[40]
Jesus Salgueiro 2008 Artist and co-founder of Common Threads.[33]
Art Smith (1960– ) 2008 Chef and co-founder of Common Threads.[33]
Guy Warner 2008 LGBT organization leader.[44]
AIDS Foundation of Chicago 2009 Organization that helps people with HIV/AIDS.[16]
Paula Basta 2009 Helps support aging LGBT people.[36]
Lou Conte 2009 Founder of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.[23]
Lori A. Cooper 2009 Promoting liaisons between the Chicago police and the LGBT community.[23]
Marcia J. Lipetz 2009 Leader in non-profit organizations in Chicago.[14]
Amy Maggio 2009 Leader in LGBT organizations.[15]
Joey McDonald 2009 Volunteer in LGBT organizations.[14]
Mike Quigley 2009 Friend of the community.[47]
Frank M. Robinson (1926–2014) 2009 Journalist, activist and writer.[47]
Jane M. Hussein Saks 2009 Leader in LGBT social activism.[33]
Zaida Sanabia 2009 Founder of Amiguitas and student LGBT activist.[33]
Patrick Sinozich 2009 Leader in LGBT musical institutions.[43]
Marilyn Urso 2009 Friend of the community.[41]
Jorge Valdivia 2009 Artist and founder of Homofrecuencia.[41]
Claudia Allen (1954– ) 2010 Playwright focusing on LGBT people.[50]
American Civil Liberties Union of Chicago 2010 Fighting for the civil rights of LGBT people.[51]
Asians & Friends of Chicago 2010 Organization for gay men of Asian descent to network and raise money for various causes.[52]
Chicago History Museum 2010 Documenting LGBT history in Chicago.[53]
Dan Di Leo (1938–1989) 2010 Journalist and businessman who co-founded Gay Chicago Magazine.[54]
Scott Free 2010 LGBT community activist and musician.[55]
Bob Gammie 2010 Organizer and fund raiser in LGBT communities.[56]
International Mr. Leather 2010 One of the oldest LGBT institutions in both Chicago and the US.[57]
E. Patrick Johnson 2010 Writer who has focused on LGBT communities.[58]
David Ernesto Munar 2010 LGBT community leader in the Latinx community.[59]
Achy Obejas (1956– ) 2010 Writer and political activist.[60]
Paul G. Oostenbrug 2010 Volunteer in LGBT communities.[61]
Jose R. Rios 2010 Liaison between LGBT communities and Chicago police.[62]
Stan Sloan 2010 CEO of Chicago House and chaplain at St. Gregory's Episcopal School.[63]
Mark E. Wojcik 2010 Professor and mentor to LGBT people in the John Marshall Law School.[64]
Paul Adams 2011 Co-founder of Chicago for AIDS Rights.[65]
Greg Cameron 2011 Cultural arts leader who has focused on LGBT issues.[66]
Antonia "Tata" Flores (1958–2008) 2011 One of the creators of Dykes on Bikes in Chicago.[67]
Grant Lynn Ford 2011 Co-founder of GayLife in Chicago.[67]
Robert Garofalo 2011 Physician who has helped LGBT people in Chicago.[68]
Good Shepherd Parish Metropolitan Community Church 2011 The first church for LGBT people in the Midwest.[69]
Ted Grady 2011 Helped underwrite events for nonprofits.[69]
Marcia Hill 2011 Leader in the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association.[70]
Tony Jackson (1882–1921) 2011 Openly gay Chicago musician.[71]
Jenner & Block 2011 Law firm advocating for LGBT communities.[72]
Owen Keehnen 2011 Writer and historian documenting the LGBT community.[73]
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles 2011 LGBT instrumental ensembles.[74]
The Night Ministry 2011 Organization reaching out to youth on the streets.[75]
Brett Shingledecker 2011 Co-founder of People Like Us Bookstore.[76]
Lois L. Bates (1970–2011) 2012 LGBT activist and minister.[77]
Chi-Town Squares 2012 Openly gay square-dancing club.[78]
Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus 2012 Part of the city of Chicago's public health department.[78]
St. Sukie de la Croix 2012 Collector of LGBT history in Chicago.[79]
Stanford E. Gaylord 2012 Activist and writer in the LGBT community.[80]
William W. Greaves 2012 Early authority on HIV, advocate for the LGBT community.[81]
Kieth R. Green 2012 Social worker helping to prevent the spread of HIV.[81]
Mark Ishaug 2012 Local and national leader in the LGBT community.[71]
David Orr (1944– ) 2012 Friend of the community.[82]
Proud to Run Chicago 2012 Running group that raises money for LGBT causes.[83]
Bill Pry 2012 Advocate for LGBT youth.[83]
Heather C. Sawyer 2012 Lawyer serving the LGBT community.[84]
Laura S. Washington 2012 Journalist who writes about LGBT and minority communities.[85]
Honey West 2012 Transgender singer and comedian.[85]
Gaylon Alcaraz (1966– ) 2013 Activist and human-rights advocate.[86]
James L. Alexander 2013 Philanthropist in the LGBT community.[86]
James L. Bennett 2013 LGBT religious community leader.[77]
Jorge Cestou 2013 Immigrant and LGBT community advocate.[87]
Rocco J. Claps 2013 First openly gay cabinet member in Illinois.[88]
Rudolph Johnson, Jr. (1947–2006) 2013 LGBT community leader.[72]
Lambda Legal (Midwest Regional Office) 2013 Supporting LGBT people with legal representation in the Midwest.[74]
Lee A. Newell II 2013 LGBT community leader and activist.[75]
Paté 2013 Performer and activist in LGBT communities and AIDS groups.[89]
Andrew Patner (1959–2015) 2013 LGBT writer and journalist.[89]
POW-WOW 2013 Performers of Writers for Women on Women's Issues.[83]
Laura Ricketts (1967– ) 2013 Philanthropist for the LGBT community in Chicago.[90]
Neil Steinberg (1960– ) 2013 Friend of the community.[91]
Burr Tillstrom (1917–1985) 2013 Puppeteer.[92]
Brenda Webb 2013 Friend of the community.[85]
David Zak 2013 Running LGBT theater in Chicago.[93]
Gerald Arpino (1923–2008) 2014 co-founder of Joffrey Ballet.[94]
Jennifer Brier 2014 Historian of LGBT communities and people with AIDS.[95]
Kelly Cassidy 2014 Political activist for LGBT rights.[87]
Terry Cosgrove 2014 LGBT advocate.[96]
Christina Kahrl 2014 First openly transgender sports writer in the US.[73]
Edward Mogul 2014 Lawyer and LGBT advocate.[97]
Out & Proud in Chicago 2014
Lisa Marie Pickens 2014 LGBT activist.[83]
Debra Shore 2014 Openly lesbian commissioner and political organizer.[98]
Silk Road Rising 2014 Chicago theater project.[98]
Ross A. Slotten 2014 Physician working to fight AIDS.[99][100]
Heather A. Steans 2014 Friend of the community.[91]
Lucretia Clay-Ward 2014 Friend of the community.[88]
Bennet Williams 2014 Journalist, author and activist.[101]
Clarence N. Wood 2014 Friend of the community.[101]
Jean Albright 2015 LGBT community leader.[102]
Fred Eychaner (1945– ) 2015 Philanthropist in the LGBT community.[103]
Emmanuel Garcia 2015 LGBT journalist and youth mentor.[104]
Stanley Jencyzk 2015 Volunteer in the LGBT community.[105]
Lesbian and Gay Police Association 2015 Organization formed to support LGBT police officers in Chicago.[106]
Gay Officers Action League 2015 Organization formed to support LGBT police officers in Chicago.[106]
Phoenix Matthews 2015 Leader in the LGBT community.[107]
Gail Morse 2015 Advocate for the civil rights of LGBT people.[108]
Michael O'Connor 2015 Leader in the LGBT community.[109]
Jan Schakowsky (1944– ) 2015 Friend of the community.[110]
Barbara Smith (1946–2015) 2015 LGBT activist.[111]
Camilla B. Taylor 2015 Lawyer working for the LGBT community.[112]
Lauren Verdich 2015 LGBT activist.[113]
Yvonne Welbon 2016 Filmmaker who highlights African American LGBT perspectives.[114]
Maritxa Vidal 2016 President of Chicago chapter of TransLatin@Coalition.[114]
Norma Seledon 2016 LGBT and Latina activist.[114]
Patrick Quinn (1948– ) 2016 [114]
Thomas Klein 2016 Openly gay physician.[114]
John Marshall Law School 2016 Friend of the community.[114]
Kim L. Hunt 2016 Executive director of the Pride Action Network.[114]
Patrick Dennis (1921–1976) 2016 Author.[114]
David Lee Csicsko 2016 Graphic artist.[114]
David Cerda (1961– ) 2016 Co-founder of Hell in a Handbag Productions.[115]
Román Buenrostro 2016 Co-founder of the Association for Latin Men for Action (ALMA).[115]
Ronald E. Bogan 2016 First man serving on active duty in the Chicago Police Department to come out as gay.[116]
Big Chicks 2016 Diverse LGBTQ bar.[115]
Tom Bachtell 2016 Artist and illustrator.[115]
Amigas Latinas 2016 Organization helping LGBTQ Latinas.[115]
Robert Henry Allerton (1873–1964) 2016 [115]
Keith Butler 2017 Starred as Kevin in Kevin's Room.[117]
Kathy Caldwell 2017 LGBT activist and Chicago police officer.[117]
Ketty Teanga (1947–2011) 2017 Latina performer also known as "Miss Ketty."[117]
Greer Lankton (1958–1996) 2017 Transgender artist.[117]
Mark Nagel 2017 LGBT publisher.[117]
Glen Pietrandoni 2017 Pharmacist and HIV/AIDS treatment advocate.[117]
Dulce Quintero 2017 Community activist.[117]
Timothy Stewart-Winter 2017 Historian and author.[117]
Alicia T. Vega 2017 LGBT activist.[117]
Lavender Woman 2017 One of the earliest lesbian publications in the US.[117]
Leather Archives and Museum 2017 A “community archives, library, and museum of Leather, kink, fetish, and BDSM history and culture.”[118]
People Like Us Bookstore 2017 Exclusively gay bookstore in Chicago.[117]
Alphawood Foundation 2017 Friend of the community.[117]
Ralla Klepak 2017 Lawyer representing the LGBT community.[117]
Jay Paul Deratany 2020 Human rights lawyer, LGBT advocate, filmmaker, and playwright.[119]
Denise Foy 2020 LGBT advocate.[120]
Dalila Fridi 2020 LGBT organizer and activist.[121]
Joel Drake Johnson 2020 Playwright and teacher.[122]
Stephen Kulieke 2020 Journalist and professor of communications/media.[123]
Matt Stuczynski 2020 Educator and founder of the Chicago chapter of GLSEN.[124]
Michelle Zacarias 2020 Activist and journalist.[125]
Judy Baar Topinka 2020 Friend of the community.[126]
Brenetta Howell Barrett 2020 Friend of the community.[127]
National Museum of Mexican Art 2020 Friend of the community.[128]
The Legacy Project 2020 Organization for researching and preserving the historical legacies of LGBT people.[129]
The Windy City Times 2020 Chicago LGBT newspaper.[130]
Women & Children First Bookstore 2020 Feminist bookstore.[131]
Terry Lynn Gaskins 2020 Photographer and humanitarian.[132]
Raymond Crossman 2020 President of Adler University.[133]
Ronald J. Ehemann 2020 Lawyer, writer, and LGBT advocate[134]
John Ademola Adewoye 2020 Advocate for LGBT asylum seekers.[135]
Caprice Carthans 2020 Advocate and volunteer.[136]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • GLHF (2015). Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame (PDF). Chicago: Friends of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2018.
  • Greaves, William W. (2010). Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame (PDF). Chicago: City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2018.


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