National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame names first honorees

Tue. July 9, 2013 12:45 PM by News Staff

Induction Ceremony, Fri., Aug. 2

Chicago, IL - The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Board is proud to announce the inaugural induction class, which will be the largest induction class of the NGLSHOF. The inductees range from organizations, straight allies, former pro sports officials, activists, journalists, retired athletes and current athletes. The inductees are Gay Games,, Chicago Cubs, International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA), Anheuser Busch, Chris Kluwe, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Ben Cohen, Dave Pallone, Justin Fashanu, LZ Granderson, Christina Kahrl, Dr. Tom Waddell, Chuck Dima, Jerry Pritikin, Dave Kopay, Glenn Burke, Renee Richards, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Greg Louganis, Patty Sheehan, Andrew Goldstein, Jason Collins, Orlando Cruz and Johnny Weir.

The induction of the first honorees will happen on Aug. 2, 2013 with a ceremony at the Center on Halsted. Tickets are available at There will be two ticket types, VIP and General Admission. VIP $50, will include a seat in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre and a VIP meet and greet reception. The General Admission $25, will include a reception and viewing on TV's outside the theater. Both tickets will include a hosted bar and food. The VIP meet and greet reception is 5:00pm-6:00pm. The general reception is 6:00pm-7:00pm. The Induction Ceremony is 7:00pm-8:30pm. The induction ceremony will be in conjunction with Out at Wrigley on August 3, 2013 — the nation's largest "Gay Day" at a major league sporting event. Tickets for Out at Wrigley can be purchased at

About the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame

Founded in 2013 and based in Chicago, IL, the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame's mission is to recognize both individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports and athletics for the LGBT community. In addition, the Hall of Fame will preserve the history of LGBT individuals who have impacted professional and amateur sports and provide outreach and education to the sporting world so that LGBT youth all across the nation feel welcome and safe to participate in any and all athletic related activities.

From a news release