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The City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues celebrated new inductees to the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame with an annual reception and ceremony that took place at The Chicago Cultural Center on October 18th.
With a great speech by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame celebrated its 17th year of being the only known government-sponsored gay and lesbian hall of fame.
Thirteen individuals and three organizations are being honored at this year’s event. They were:
David Blatt, MD & David Moore, MD (as a couple), Carol Moseley Braun, Robbin Burr (Former Executive Director of the Center on Halsted), Tarrina Dikes, Martin Gapshis, Jeffrey E. McCourt, Carlos T. Mock, MD, Chilli Pepper, Karen C. Sendziak, Patrick Sheahan, Harold Washington, Vera Washington, American Veterans for Equal Rights (Chicago Chapter), Chicago 2006, Inc. (Gay Games VII), and A Real Read.
Carol Moseley Braun and Harold Washington were inducted as Friends of the Community. A committee of prior inductees selected the 2007 Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame inductees from nominations submitted by the public. These are truly inspiration people in our community who’ve made a great Difference!
Stacy Bridges from Gay Chicago Magazine and I were photographed with Mayor Daley. (Photo by: Frank Failing of Male Image Photography)