INDIVIDUAL | Inducted 2001 [Now Deceased]

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.

Chuck Hyde is a person who works behind the scenes, preferring to avoid the spotlight, but without whom local community organizations would lose a notable benefactor.

Hyde is the “go to” man at Sidetrack, a Halsted Street bar that has supported countless community projects. He is the one to talk to for organizing a benefit or holding a party. He himself has organized numerous charitable events and has helped to persuade other businesses to join in.

First as a staff member, then as manager, then as partner, Hyde has worked at Sidetrack for 19 years. He is responsible for the bar’s day-to-day operations, has helped to oversee Sidetrack’s five expansions, works as a video jockey, and serves as an unofficial consultant to groups wishing to organize fund-raisers.

When he arranges to host a community event, he not only sees to it that the bar provides space; he also becomes active in planning the event, lending his expertise and advice and helping to set up business partnerships.

Some of the organizations for which Hyde has helped to produce successful events are Equality Illinois; Test Positive Aware Network; AIDS Legal Council of Chicago; About Face Theatre; Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus; Metropolitan Sports Association; Windy City Gay Chorus; Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (for which he has served as board member); Open Hand Chicago; Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago; Howard Brown Health Center; Chicago House; AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Gerber/Hart Library and Archives; “A Season of Concern”; Great Lakes Bears; NAMES Project Chicago; Chicago Smelts; AIDSCare; DirectAid; Horizons Community Services; International Mr. Leather Contest; Lionheart Gay Theatre Company; Lesbian Community Cancer Project; American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois; Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network’s Chicago chapter; Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays; Illinois Gay Rodeo Association; Chicago Pride Invitational Bowling Tournament & Scratch Masters; Chicago’s Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps (ROTC); Gay and Lesbian Parents; and the Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame itself.

Hyde’s ideas and inspiration have helped a long list of community groups produce events that generated more attention and raised far more money than the groups likely could have managed on their own. His unique contributions have been invaluable.