Archive for the In Memoriam Category

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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RUDOLPH JOHNSON, JR.

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2013 [Posthumous] Rudolph Johnson, Jr. (1947–2006), for 23 years as a well-known and well-regarded North Halsted Street […]

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MINISTER LOIS L. BATES

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2012 [Posthumous] Minister Lois L. Bates (1970-2011), for her 14 years as an advocate for transgender youth […]

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JON SIMMONS

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2011 [Posthumous] Jon Simmons (1955-1994), a city government liaison to LGBT Chicagoans under three mayors. Before being […]

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TONY JACKSON

INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2011 [Posthumous] Tony Jackson (1876-1921), a pioneer in early-20th-century popular music. He brought musical influences from his […]

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