Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame 2013
On November 12, 14 individuals and two organizations will be inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Since 1991, the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame has inducted members that have made the efforts to eradicate homophobic bias and discrimination, being the only known government-sponsored hall of fame to honor members of the LGBT community, according to Chicago Pride.
The public submitted nominations and a board of former inductees reviewed the candidates, picking the final nominations to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday November 12 at the Chicago History Museum. The event is free and open to the public.
New co-chairperson of Friends of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, Mary F. Morten, is excited for her new role.
“…I look forward to supporting an institution that has consistently recognized the best and brightest from our communities and our allies,” Morten, a Chicago women’s and LGBT rights activist and former LGBT mayoral liaison, said. “This year’s inductees are no exception.”
Executive director of the Friends organization, Israel Wright, thinks the inductees will continue “to show how important contributions from our LGBT communities and from our friends pave the way for the future,” she said. “It is humbling to recognize each inductee’s special efforts to create change in ways that affect us all so greatly.”
The inductees will represent all of “Chicago sexual-minority communities, including LGBT Chicagoans, past, present, living and dead, as well as those who have supported or assisted them.” There are three categories: individual, organization or friend of the community.