Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame inducted 11 individuals and four organizations at its 20th anniversary induction ceremony on November 9 at the Chicago History Museum.
The individuals honored this year included a pioneer in early-20th-century popular music, a promoter of gay and transgender sports teams, and an expert on promoting the health of gay youth.
The Good Shepherd Parish Metropolitan Community Church was one of the organizations to be honored. The Night Ministry, a social service organization that provides emergency housing for homeless youth, was honored as a friend of the community.
City officials say the hall of fame recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to Chicago’s gay communities. It also recognizes efforts to combat homophobia.