Michael Bauer
Bauer is a political activist on the local and national scene.
Sam Bezanis
Bezanis has donated his design services to many gay, AIDS and mainstream civil-rights groups, including the ACLU.
Patrick Bova
Bova and partner Jim Darby have been together since 1963. They are activists working to overturn the military's gay ban, and support numerous gay caus
Kathy Caldwell
Kathryn Caldwell is a Chicago police officer, active in organizing gays on the force, plus an athlete in the GLBT sports leagues.
Lori Cannon
Lori Cannon has been a long-time supporter of the GLBT community, especially in her pioneering AIDS activism and support services.
Evette Cardona & Mona Noriega
Noriega and Cardona are one of Chicago's power couples, active on a wide range of GLBT and Latina issues, including thru Amigas Latinas.
Evette Cardona
Cardona is active in a wide range of GLBT and Latina issues.
Robert Castillo & John Pennycuff
Castillo and Pennycuff are partners in life and activism, seen at protests for Queer Nation, ACT UP, anti-violence, pro-marriage, and much more.
Robert Castillo
Castillo has been active for many years on a wide range of gay, AIDS and Latino issues.
Tom Chiola
Chiola made history by becoming the first openly gay person elected to major office in Illinois, when he won a judge post in the mid 1990s.
Michael Cook
Cook is former executive director of Howard Brown Health Center, and he has been active on gay legal and health issues for many years.
Terry Cosgrove
Cosgrove is an openly gay man heading one of the top organizations working in the U.S. for a women's right to choose, Personal PAC of Illinois.
Jim Darby & Patrick Bova
Bova (left) and Darby have been together since 1963. They are activists working to overturn the military's gay ban, and support numerous gay causes.
Jim Darby
Darby is a Navy veteran active in the fight to overturn the military's gay ban.
Susana Darwin
Darwin is a legal activist fighting on women's choice and LGBT issues.
Karen Dixon
Dixon is an attorney and political activist in Chicago.
Tim Drake
Long-time political activist Drake was the first openly gay candidate to win election in Illinois, as a 1980 John Anderson presidential delegate.
Vernita Gray
Gray has been active on gay rights since the late 1960s. She has been part of a wide range of groups and works on anti-violence issues.
Bill Greaves
In 1995 Greaves was appointed to the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations’ Advisory Council on LGBT Issues; in 2000 he became the Directo
Jean Hardisty
Jean V. Hardisty, Ph.D., was a critical activist in Chicago in the 1970s and 1980s. She also founded Political Research Associates.
Greg Harris
Harris was elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 2006. He is a long-time Chicago-based activist on gay and AIDS issues.
Mark Ishaug
Ishaug is President/CEO of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
Bill Kelley & Chen Ooi
Kelley and Ooi are long-time partners and activists. Kelley has been fighting for gay rights since the 1960s. Ooi is active in Asians and Friends/Chic
Bill Kelley
Kelley is among Chicago's longest-serving and most important gay activists, having worked since the 1960s to secure gay rights.
Julie Kruse
Kruse is a former Illinois lobbyist on a range of women's, LGBT and progressive causes. She is now based in Washington, D.C.
Janice Layne
Layne is a writer and activist, working on a range of LGBT and AIDS issues. It was Layne's idea for the LGBT community to march in the Bud Billikin Pa
Pat Logue
Logue is an attorney with a long career working on LGBT and AIDS causes. She is now a judge.
Pat McCombs
McCombs has been an integral part of Chicago's LGBT community since the 1970s, when she first fought back against racial carding in the bars...
Larry McKeon
McKeon had a long public service career, from serving as a police officer in Los Angeles, to being the state's first openly gay, HIV-positive rep.
Jill Metz
Metz has practiced law since 1978, with many gay clients. She has volunteered with numerous gay organizations.
Joey Mogul
Mogul is an attorney who is also active on progressive causes, including with Queer to the Left.
Sid Mohn
Mohn, as president of the Heartland Alliance, has been a key part of work on behalf of people with AIDS and civil-rights for the LGBT community.
David Munar
Munar is an executive with AIDS Foundation of Chicago and a long-time volunteer for gay and AIDS groups, including Association of Latin men in Action.
Deb Murphy & Kay Miles
Miles (left) and Murphy support a range of non-profits, including through donation of accounting services. They also fought a pioneering adoption case
Mona Noriega
Noriega has been active on GLBT and Latina political and cultural issues since the 1970s.
Renae Ogletree
Ogletree has been active on a range of youth, LGBT, AIDS and other causes in Chicago since the 1980s.
John Pennycuff
Pennycuff has been seen around town marching and protesting for a wide range of gay and AIDS issues.
Julio Rodriguez & David Sinski
Rodriguez (left) and Sinski are long-time partners active on a variety of LGBT, AIDS and youth issues.
Julio Rodriguez
Rodriguez is a critical activist working on LGBT, AIDS, Latino and anti-violence issues, including as a founder of ALMA.
Norma Seledon & Alicia Amador
Amador and partner Norma Seledon support a range of Latina lesbian and other causes.
Norma Seledon
Amador and partner Norma Seledon support a range of Latina lesbian and other causes.
Max Smith
Max Smith has been a gay activist since the 1970s, including on media, health and political issues.
Coco Soodek & Roxanne Saylor
Soodek (left) and Saylor are active in supporting GLBT political, cultural and health causes.
Coco Soodek
Soodek is a partner with the law firm Bryan Cave and has supported numerous gay and lesbian causes.
David Stienecker
David Stienecker was a critical 1960s and early 1970s Chicago activist who fought back against police harassment.
Lauren Sugerman
Sugerman is one of the co-founders of Chicago Women in Trades, a critical support for women entering non-traditional trades jobs.
Pat Tomaso & Linda Palm
Tomaso (left) and partner Linda Palm live in Barrington, Illinois. Tomaso is a retired teacher with many years of activism on behalf of gay teachers.
Pat Tomaso
Tomaso is a retired teacher who works to make change for gay teachers in the Chicago schools.
Kathleen Rose Winter
Winter was a writer, athlete and activist on LGBT band African-American issues.
Jose Zuniga
Zuniga was one of the first victims of 'don't ask, don't tell,' the military's gay ban.

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