Press Release: Nomination Deadline Extended to 5/31 and Pride Parade participation announced

April 20, 2023                                               

For Immediate Release


For more information contact:

Rick Karlin, Director of Communications
Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame

Deadline for Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Nominations Extended
& Participation in Chicago’s LGBT Pride Parade Announced

The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame announced today, that it will once again be one of the leading floats in Chicago’s LGBT Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25. McKinsey & Company will sponsor the Pride float.

In addition, the deadline to nominate individuals, businesses, organizations, and allies to the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame has been extended due to numerous requests from Chicago’s LGBT community. Originally the deadline was April 30, it has been extended until midnight on May 31. Nominations may be made online at or by downloading forms and instructions from the same URL and submitting them via the US Mail. The goal is to honor people and entities that have made significant contributions to the quality of life or well-being of the LGBT community in Chicago or the city at large.

To allow everyone to take advantage of the nomination process, paper documents may also be downloaded at the same site. Whether a paper download or online, the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame suggests that nominators review the nomination criteria carefully and be certain they provide enough documentation to support the nomination.

Karlin suggests that nominators begin by visiting the nominations page and collecting information requested. “If they then contact the HoF, we can help them fill out the forms,” adds Board co-chair Tarrina Dikes. Dikes continued, “We often have very worthy nominees who do not make the cut because the nominators didn’t provide enough information or nominated someone in the wrong category. If nominations come in early enough the Hall of Fame can collaborate with individuals to make their nominations stronger. Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible, and we strongly encourage the transgender population and POC to help us honor individuals from those communities.”

The nominations are reviewed by a committee comprised of current Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame members, after which a slate is chosen to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The ceremony for inductees will be held in October 2023 at the Chicago History Museum.

The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame is the first city-sponsored hall of fame dedicated to LGBT people, organizations, community organizations, and allies in the United States. It was founded in 1991 as the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame.

The first Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame ceremony took place during Pride Week and was held at Chicago City Hall. Mayor Richard M. Daley hosted the ceremony and afterward, photos of the inductees were displayed in City Hall. The city ceased providing staffing and support to the Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2016 under then-mayor Rahm Emanuel, while still working with the organization. At that time, it was rechristened the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame and has since been supported and maintained by the Friends of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, with approval from, and the cooperation of, the City of Chicago. The Hall of Fame has no physical facility but maintains a website that allows anyone to visit the Hall of Fame at any time.

For more information, email, visit the organization’s website, its Facebook page, or on Twitter @LGBTHallofFame.