The Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception will be held in the Sidney Yates Gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center
The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program at 6 p.m. and is hosted by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, members of the Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
, and volunteers.
Chicago is the only known municipality that so honors its LGBT citizenry. The Hall of Fame not only pays tribute to these individuals and organizations, but also documents the communities' heritage and diversity through its annual publication and its website at www.GLHallofFame.org
“Chicago is a city of many faces, and the LGBT community is an important part of that diversity. The community is thriving and moving forward, helping to build a strong social and economic foundation for Chicago,
” said Mayor Richard M. Daley
The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame was established in 1991 under the auspices of the Advisory Council, with continuing support from the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and Mayor Richard M. Daley. Its purpose is to recognize the achievements of LGBT Chicagoans, their contributions to the development of the city, and the help they have received from others.
Those inducted can fall into one of three categories: individual, organization, or friend of the community. Potential nominees comprise members of Chicago’s entire sexual-minority community, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Chicagoans, past, present, living, and dead, as well as those who have supported or assisted the community. A committee of prior inductees makes each year’s selections from nominations submitted by members of the public.
Those honored in 2008 are:
(1860–1935), 1931 Nobel Prize winner, for her pioneering work in founding Hull House in 1890, which created a lasting model for social change and diverse thought.
, 52, for her long-term work in the local and national lesbian and gay sports community, including her terms as co-chair of Team Chicago, female vice co-chair of the Federation of Gay Games, and co-chair and sports co-director of Gay Games VII in Chicago.
Kevin G. Boyer
, 45, for his service to the LGBT communities, including his work as president of Gerber/Hart Library, co-creator of national Gay and Lesbian History Month, co-founder of the Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and vice co-chair of Gay Games VII in Chicago.
, Ph.D., 60, activist and author, for her work as a founding member of the groundbreaking Chicago Gay Liberation group in 1969, a founding member of Chicago Lesbian Liberation in 1970, and in 1985 writing “Are We There Yet?,” a landmark book of Chicago lesbian history.
, 43, for his advocacy for LGBT workplace equality and for his long-term contributions to the LGBT sports communities, including founding the Chicago Hoops Classic — the largest and longest-running LGBT basketball tournament in the world — and co-chairing Gay Games VII in Chicago.
(1944–1987), showman and patron of the arts, for defining and helping to invent the disco phenomenon in Chicago by launching with great fanfare, in June 1973, the legendary Bistro — a precursor of the hoopla that later surrounded Studio 54 in New York — and later nightlife venues in Chicago.
, Ph.D., 65, a founder and central figure of the Chicago Gay Liberation group, for helping to bring the modern gay liberation movement to Chicago and doing crucial work to develop a visible and militant LGBT activism during the early years of the movement in Chicago.
(deceased 1980), entertainer and health advocate; known widely in Chicago’s gay community as his 1970s drag persona “Nurse Wanda Lust,” for serving — quite literally — as the poster person for VD testing and for his groundbreaking promotion of sexual health awareness.
Joe La Pat
(1943–2008), entrepreneur, for his generosity and wide-ranging support for Chicago’s LGBT community, including early key support for Proud to Run, Strike Against AIDS, Chicago House, Gay Games VII — especially for international athletes who participated — and the Center on Halsted.
, 47, and Art Smith
, 47, artist and celebrity chef respectively, as an openly gay couple, for creating Common Threads, an international children’s charity that fosters a familial environment where children learn to value each other and discover universal understanding and mutual acceptance.
, 66, activist, for his calm and steady leadership in the early years of Chicago’s LGBT communities, including his key work in the 1970s with Mattachine Midwest, which reinvigorated the organization, and his founding of a pioneering group for parents of lesbian and gay people.
, the first women’s singing ensemble in the U.S. to explicitly label itself a “lesbian feminist” chorus, for 29 years dedicated to performing music written or arranged by women and thus highlighting historical, political, and personal events and experiences common to women.
Friends of the Community
Katherine (Kit) Duffy
, 64, for her advocacy for LGBT rights, including her 1984 appointment by Mayor Harold Washington as the first mayoral liaison to Chicago’s LGBT communities and her role in securing the 1988 passage of an ordinance barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in Chicago.
The Rev. Gregory R. Dell
, 62, for his support of recognizing the unions of same-sex couples in the face of a church trial and suspension from his pastoral duties, and for his ongoing support of social justice for sexual and other minorities.
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