Archive for the In Memoriam Category

RALLA KLEPAK

FRIEND OF THE COMMUNITY | Inducted 2017 [Now Deceased] Born in Chicago in 1936, Ralla Klepak taught reading and English […]

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MARK NAGEL

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2017 (now deceased) After joining Gay Chicago Magazine in 1993, Mark Nagel quickly realized the power the […]

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GREER LANKTON (1958-1996)

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2017 [Posthumous] Born to a Presbyterian minister in Flint, Michigan, and raised in Park Forest, Illinois, Greer […]

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KETTY TEANGA/MISS KETTY (1947-2011)

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2017 [Posthumous] Born in Ecuador, Miss Ketty learned to dance in Puerto Rico in the 1960s. Increasingly […]

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BARBARA SMITH

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2015 [Posthumous] Barbara Smith (1946–2015), founding board member of Affinity Community Services, for her leadership, managing Affinity’s […]

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PATRICK DENNIS

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2016 [Posthumous] Patrick Dennis (1921-1976) | Author of sixteen books including the enormously popular bestselling camp classic […]

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BENNETT WILLIAMS

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2014 [Posthumous] Bennet Williams (1947–2001), a community organizer, for almost 20 years as an HIV-positive man advocating […]

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GERALD ARPINO

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2014 [Posthumous] Gerald Arpino (1923–2008), co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet, which is celebrating its 20th year in […]

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BURR TILLSTROM

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2013 [Posthumous] Burr Tillstrom (1917–1985), a native Chicagoan, for his contributions to the early days of television […]

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ANDREW PATNER

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2013 [Now Deceased] Andrew Patner, 53, for more than three decades as a journalist, editor, biographer, lecturer, […]

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