Each year Center on Halsted hosts its annual Human First Performance & Gala to recognize the contributions of individuals, businesses and other organizations to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in Chicago.
Human First provides an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate past accomplishments, while we look forward to the work ahead as we continue to build a human first world, together. In addition to raising vital funds to support Center on Halsted programs and services, the Human First Award and Community Spirit Award will be presented to several outstanding civic leaders for their important contributions to the advancement of Chicago's LGBTQ movement.
This year, the Human First gala will be at the magnificent Great Hall at Chicago Union Station. The Human First Award recipients include Robert Kohl & Clark Pellett, Evette Cardona & Mona Noriega and Carol Ronen, whose work helped to secure marriage equality in Illinois and to advance the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth in Chicago. The recipients have all spent decades fighting to improve the quality of life for all members of the LGBTQ community.
Being honored with the Community Spirit Award will be Northwestern Memorial Hospital & University, for their long and progressive history of serving LGBTQ people through research and mental health services.
We are honored and delighted to present this event with the support of esteemed co-chairs Sidney & Sondra Epstein, Rick H. Waddell, Richard & Susie Kiphart, Philip Palmer & Michael Noonan; and Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel as Honorary Co-chairs.
This year’s feature performance at the Human First gala is Branden James, an opera singer and finalist in Season 8 of America’s Got Talent.