An exhibit showcasing the contributions of Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities is on display September 23 through March 25 in Congress Corridor on the ground floor of Harold Washington Library Center.
The Hall of Fame recognizes the volunteer and professional achievements of LGBT people, their organizations and 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 to the Hall of Fame symbolizes that the recipient either has made positive impacts for the lives of Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and the city of Chicago; or, has made a significant long-term contribution to the well-being of Chicago’s LGBT communities.
Both living and deceased members of Chicago’s LGBT communities are selected for the "Individual" category. These people have made single far-reaching or significant long-term contributions and achievement for those communities and to 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 a positive quality of life for the city’s LGBT communities.
The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame is privately funded through generous donations from individuals, businesses and organizations. Staff support is provided by volunteers.