National LGBTQ Wall of Honor

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The National LGBTQ Wall of Honor is an American memorial wall dedicated to LGBTQ “pioneers, trailblazers, and heroes”.[1] Unveiled at the Stonewall Inn in June 2019, as part of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the installation is located within the Stonewall National Monument (in Greenwich Village, New York City), the first U.S. National Monument dedicated to LGBTQ rights and history in the United States.[2][3]

The first fifty names were announced in June 2019,[4] and were installed June 27, 2019, as part of Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019 events,[5] held throughout June which is Pride month in New York City.[6][7] Each year five additional names will be added to the inaugural fifty.[1]


In February 2019, the National LGBTQ Task Force, in conjunction with the Imperial Court System, announced their plans for the Wall of Honor.[8] The monument committee accepted nominations to honor “the lives of LGBTQ trailblazers, pioneers and s/heroes who have passed,” and have had a positive impact on LGBTQ civil rights.[5]

The nominations are administered by a Board of Governors, consisting of eighteen LGBTQ leaders including transgender activist Marsha Botzer,[9] Black LGBTQ activist Mandy Carter, LGBTQ youth advocate Wilson Cruz, LGBTQ human rights activist Stuart Milk, and founder of the Metropolitan Community Church Troy Perry.[5]


The first fifty honorees were announced in June 2019.[4][a][10] In June 2020, the first additional five were announced: Lorena Borjas, Larry Kramer, Phyllis Lyon, Sean Sasser, and Aimee Stephens.[11]




  • Michael Callen was a gay singer, songwriter, composer, author, and influential early AIDS activist.









Audre Lorde (left) with writers Meridel Le Sueur (middle) and Adrienne Rich (right) at a writing workshop in Austin, Texas, 1980



  • Pat Parker was a Black lesbian feminist poet and activist.[19][20] Her poetry addressed her tough childhood growing up in poverty, dealing with sexual assault, and the murder of a sister, along with many issues facing lesbians and Black women in contemporary culture.[21] After two divorces she came out as a lesbian, “embracing her sexuality” she was liberated and “knew no limits when it came to expressing the innermost parts of herself”.[21] Parker participated in political activism and had early involvement with the Black Panther Party, Black Women's Revolutionary Council and formed the Women's Press Collective.[22] She participated in many forms of activism especially regarding gay and lesbian communities, domestic violence, and rights of people of color.[23] After she became too ill to perform, other poets and musicians continued to perform her work at music and arts festivals, "Movement in Black" being particularly popular.
  • Jimmy Pisano was a bar owner who purchased the original Stonewall location, eventually re-opening it.[24] Though it never turned a profit, he kept it open until his death from AIDS complications in 1994. The community has credited him with keeping Stonewall going long enough to become the landmark it is today. He was added to the wall in 2021.[12]


Bayard Rustin, organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at a news briefing in Washington, D.C., on August 27, 1963
Bayard Rustin, organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at a news briefing in Washington, D.C., on August 27, 1963







  1. ^ Eric Rofes was omitted from the initial list but is listed on the Task Force’s website.
  1. ^ Milk was described as a martyr by news outlets as early as 1979, by biographer Randy Shilts in 1982, and University of San Francisco professor Peter Novak in 2003. United Press International [October 15, 1979]; printed in the Edmonton Journal, p. B10; Skelton, Nancy; Stein, Mark [October 22, 1985]. S.F. Assassin Dan White Kills Himself, Los Angeles Times, Retrieved on February 3, 2012.; Shilts, p. 348; Nolte, Carl [November 26, 2003]. "City Hall Slayings: 25 Years Later", The San Francisco Chronicle, p. A-1.
  • Shilts, Randy. The mayor of Castro Street : the life & times of Harvey Milk (First ed.). New York. ISBN 0312523300. OCLC 7948538.


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