Oct 28, 2021 - News
This year's Chicago LGBTQ Hall of Fame inductees
People march in a parade with balloons.
People celebrate at the Pride Parade in 2017. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynksi/AFP via Getty Images

The Chicago LGBTQ Hall of Fame will stream a virtual ceremony next week honoring its 2021 inductees.

Why it matters: For 30 years, the LGBTQ Hall of Fame has honored people and organizations that have made an impact on Chicago. This year's virtual celebration helps replace the 2021 COVID-cancelled Pride Parade festivities.

The 2021 inductees:

  • Otis Mack: Also known as "Chicago's Heavy Diva," he is a comedian, promoter, host and emcee. Mack also created the Chicago Warriors, a drag troupe.
  • Ginni Clemmons: The Chicago folk singer who died in 2003 was known as the one of the earliest openly queer musicians in Chicago.
  • PRIDEChicago: This organization runs the Chicago Pride Parade. Under the direction of the late Richard Pfeiffer, PRIDEChicago has seen the parade grow to one of the largest in the Midwest, hosting over a million spectators.

📺 You can watch the recorded ceremony, featuring a speech from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, on November 4th on Facebook or at the Chicago LGBTQ Hall of Fame website.

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