'Legacy Walk' honoring 5 new members in LGBT exhibit

Fri. October 11, 2013 9:31 AM by GoPride.com News Staff

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Chicago, IL - Organizers of The Legacy Project will unveil five new plaques honoring LGBT heroes during an on-street dedication ceremony on Friday, Oct. 11.

"On National Coming Out Day we recognize our elders and celebrate their efforts as a means to inspire tomorrow's leaders," said Victor Salvo, founder and executive director of the Legacy Project, which is believed to be the only outdoor LGBT museum walk in the world. 

The new bronze plaques to be added to Chicago's Legacy Walk commemorate Walt Whitman, iconic U.S. poet; Lorraine Hansberry, acclaimed playwright; Dr. Tom Waddell, founder of the Gay Games; Ruth Ellis, youth advocate; and Frank Kameny, one of the most influential LGBT activists of the 20th century.

The five new plaques will join the 18 plaques of the Legacy Walk that were dedicated in 2012. The Phase II dedication consists series of ceremonies conducted on Friday and a celebration reception the following afternoon, Oct. 12.

The on-street dedication ceremony begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the pylon located at 3342 N. Halsted St. in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood. Following the ceremonies, the organization will team up with the Center on Halsted for a public pizza party. Supporters are encouraged to donate $20 to the cause to attend the party.

On Saturday, the two-day celebration continues with musical guests, raffle prizes and a silent auction at Sidetrack. The fundraiser includes open bar and is $50 for standard tickets.

On the Web: www.legacyprojectchicago.org