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About the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame
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.
Since our inception in 1991, our mission has continued to expand. In addition to the selection of each year’s new inductees a large portion of our time is devoted to being custodian of records for the exemplary inductees we have honored. As time passes, it is our goal to see that the achievements of our predecessors are not lost or forgotten.
Friends of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit Illinois corporation formed in 2009 to aid the Hall of Fame. It is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions to it are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. The organization is now responsible, in cooperation with the City of Chicago, for all Hall of Fame operations. Members of the board of directors and members of committees of Friends of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame are listed below (with year of Hall of Fame induction if applicable).
Gary Chichester, HOF Board Co-Chair
Inducted 1992 [Board Member]
He has provided more than 30 years of commitment and work to the gay and lesbian communities. In 1971 he co-founded the Chicago Gay Alliance, which created Chicago’s first gay and lesbian community center. He has served on the Chicago Commission on Human Relations’ Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues since 1989 and has sat on the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame Committee from its inception in 1991 (co-chairing it since 1992). [More about Gary Chichester, HOF Board Co-Chair]
Phil A. Hannema
Inducted 2000 [Board Member]
For many years he has provided ongoing and reliable volunteer support to a variety of Chicago gay and lesbian community organizations as staff member and officer, treasurer and photographer, cheerleader and fund-raiser, and constant donor. [More about Phil A. Hannema]
Chuck Hyde
Inducted 2001 [Committee Member]
While working out of the limelight as a businessman and fund-raising advisor, he has helped sexual-minority community organizations since 1982 to produce successful benefits and has assiduously fostered relationships between them and underwriters in the business community. [More about Chuck Hyde]
William B. Kelley
Inducted 1991 [Board Member]
Since 1965, he has led in many pioneering efforts – among them helping to organize the first national gay and lesbian conferences (1966), co-founding the "Chicago Gay Crusader" and Illinois Gays for Legislative Action (early 1970s), attending the first White House gay rights meeting (1977), co-chairing the Illinois Gay Rights Task Force (late 1970s), and co-founding the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (1988). Now a lawyer, he chaired the Cook County Commission on Human Rights for its first 10 years. [More about William B. Kelley]
Dean Robert Ogren
Inducted 1998 [Committee Member]
He is an exemplar volunteer who has tirelessly shared his talents with many organizations, including the NAMES Project, Open Hand Chicago, AIDS Walk Chicago, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, United Way, International Mr. Leather, and State Rep. Larry McKeon’s historic 1996 electoral campaign. He puts in more volunteer hours in a year than many do in a lifetime. [More about Dean Robert Ogren]
Bryan Portman
[Committee Member]
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Lourdes Rodriguez, HOF Board Co-Chair
[Board Member]
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David St. Martin
[Committee Member]
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Richard M. Uyvari, HOF Treasurer
Inducted 2006 [Board Member]
Richard M. Uyvari, 62, athlete, real-estate investor, and philanthropist, for 27 years of dedicated service to the LGBT sports community as a bowler, tournament director, leader, fundraiser, and sponsor. [More about Richard M. Uyvari, HOF Treasurer]
Israel Wright, HOF Secretary
Inducted 2000 [Board Member]
For more than 20 years, he has held volunteer leadership posts in business, social service, cultural, AIDS, and African American organizations. His photographs of community life, including the lives of leathermen, African Americans, and persons with AIDS have been widely published. [More about Israel Wright, HOF Secretary]

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