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We are preparing for our 2014 Induction Ceremony Wednesday, November 12 at the Chicago History Museum located at 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL. The event is free and open to the public. Please put on your calendar to join us for the evening celebrating the 2014 class of inductees. The program is 6-7pm in the Rubloff Auditorium at the museum.
The Hall of Fame’s 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. In 2014, it holds its 24th annual induction ceremony and continues to represent an official recognition by Chicago’s government of the city’s LGBT residents and their allies.
Those selected for the “individual” category are or were members of Chicago’s LGBT communities and have made single far-reaching or significant long-term contributions to the quality of life of those communities or of the city as a whole. Those in the “organization” category are LGBT businesses and nonprofit groups that have done likewise. “Friends of the community” are non-LGBT-identified individuals and organizations that have contributed to the quality of life of the city’s LGBT communities.

The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is both a historic event and an exhibit. Through the Hall of Fame, residents of Chicago and the world are made aware of the contributions of Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and the communities' efforts to eradicate homophobic bias and discrimination.

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.

The Hall of Fame recognizes the volunteer and professional achievements of lesbians and gay men, their organizations, and their friends, as well as their contributions to the LGBT communities and to the City of Chicago. This is a unique tribute to dedicated individuals and organizations whose services have improved the quality of life for all of Chicago's citizens.

Induction into the Hall of Fame symbolizes that the recipient either has made a contribution with far-reaching effects on the quality of life for Chicago's lesbian and gay community or the city of Chicago, or has made a significant long-term contribution to the well-being of Chicago's lesbian and gay community.

The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is privately funded through generous donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. Staff support is provided by volunteers.

 
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