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With the support of the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, the Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues (now the Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues) established the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in June 1991. The inaugural induction ceremony took place during Gay and Lesbian Pride Week at City Hall, hosted by Mayor Richard M. Daley. This was the first event of its kind in the country.

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Full Bio for Robert J. Adams
Robert J. Adams
1994
 
Full Bio for Ellen A. Meyers
Ellen A. Meyers
2001
 
Full Bio for Mona Noriega
Mona Noriega
2002
 
Full Bio for Dom
Dom "Etienne" Orejudos
1992
 
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