Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame sign at the 2011 Pride Parade
Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame will celebrate its 21st anniversary by inducting 15 new members to its ranks, 12 individuals and three organizations. The hall is the country's only government-recognized hall of fame that specifically honors members of the LGBT community.
The inductees, selected by a committee of current members of the hall, at 3712 North Broadway, will be inducted during the Hall of Fame's annual ceremony Nov. 12 at the Chicago History Museum.
The event is free and open to the public. Mayor Rahm Emanuel will also be on hand.
"It's impressive to realize that, even after 21 years, there are still important figures from the past and an ever-growing list of current Chicagoans whose accomplishments and community contributions merit being honored by the Hall of Fame," Israel Wright, executive director of the Friends of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, said in a press release.
Names of the inductees were released by the Friends organization, which handles operations with the city. Each one of them is grouped into one of three categories: individual, organization and friend of the community. They include:
Minister Lois L. Bates, (1970-2011), for her 14 years as an advocate for transgender youth and other LGBT youth
St. Sukie de la Croix, 60, for being a social commentator and researcher on Chicago's LGBT history for 25 years
Sanford E. Gaylord, 47, for his 17 years as an actor, a creative LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist, and time with research and education
William W. Greaves, 61, for his quarter-century as a political activist and an editor focusing on AIDS
Keith R. Green, 35, for 10 years of work on the HIV/AIDS epidemic among black gay and bisexual men
Mark Ishaug, 48, for his 21 years as a Chicago social-service administrator concentrating on AIDS and as a political activist
Bill Pry, 64, for his overall community service as a business owner, philanthropist, and advocate during the last 25 years
Chuck Rodocker, 63, for similarly spending more than 30 years as an activist and community-minded business owner
Heather C. Sawyer, 48, for almost 10 years of service in Chicago's Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal and her subsequent efforts in Congress on behalf of LGBT issues
Honey West, 51, for more than 25 years as a cabaret singer and entertainer in Chicago nightclubs and restaurants and blending her transgender identity into her music
Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus, for its seven years of bridging gaps between traditional health providers and nontraditional providers that serve gay black men
Chi-Town Squares, for its 25 years of breaking barriers between LGBT and non-LGBT square dancers, while teaching and providing a regional venue for LGBT square dancing
Proud to Run, Chicago, for the 30 years of Proud to Run races, walks, and rallies during Pride Week that have been conducted as a celebration and as a way of providing financial support
David Orr, 67, for his 38 years of outspoken support for LGBT communities as politician and public official
Laura S. Washington, 57, for her 29 years of supporting LGBT communities as a journalist and a member of the late Mayor Harold Washington's administration
Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page.