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Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame Overview:

Since its founding in 1991, the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame has celebrated the accomplishments of gay and lesbian Chicagoans while working to eradicate homophobia and prejudice.

Currently, the Hall of Fame does not have a physical site that you can visit. Rather, its full roster of inductees and history is online. You can visit it here. The Hall of Fame also has a touring exhibit.

Criteria to be Inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame :

According to the Hall of Fame, induction "symbolizes that the recipient either has made a contribution with far-reaching effects on the quality of life for Chicago's lesbian and gay community or the city of Chicago, or has made a significant long-term contribution to the well-being of Chicago's lesbian and gay community."

The Hall of Fame considers individuals as well as friends of the community and LGBT organizations and businesses that have made significant contributions to Chicago's LGBT communities.

How to Nominate Someone for the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame:

The Hall of Fame solicits nominations every year for potential inductees. You can find the most recent nomination form online (pdf) here. It is usually due in July.

The nomination must include:
  1. The Nomination Data Cover Sheet, which is found with the pdf nomination form linked above.
  2. A separate 200- to 300-word narrative describing the nominee's contributions, significant accomplishments, and community activities.
  3. An 8 x 10 black-and-white portrait-style photograph.
  4. Appropriate supplemental materials are also allowed.

Induction Ceremony:

The induction ceremony for the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is usually held in October or November. It is free and open to the public. You can find more details about the induction ceremony, including the exact date and time here.
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