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Statement of Solidarity for the LGBTQ Community in Orlando, Florida from the Board of Directors of Friends of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.
It is with heavy hearts that we stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community in Orlando.
We extend heartfelt condolences to all those who have suffered losses in this violent hate filled attack.
Know that our collective history as a movement will never erase your sacrifices and the loss of your loved ones. We stand with you and encourage our allies and advocates to join us in making meaningful change so hate speech and actions that fuel these kinds of senseless attacks can be eliminated.
We are a brave community. We have withstood much on the road to equality. We will unite and move forward.
"I have decided to stick with love...Hate is too great a burden to bear" -Martin Luther King
HamBingo Mary’s is a weekly charity event held in Hamburger Mary’s Dining Room, with a different charity beneficiary every week. Hosted by our Bingo-Diva Velicity Metropolis, this is NOT your typical “church basement bingo.” The show can get a little risqué, so enjoy the drink specials and leave the kids at home! It’s all about having fun while supporting local charity groups.
Guests are asked to make a $15 donation to play all night (10 games, three chances to win each game). If you want more chances to win, additional cards are available (Note: there are no cash prizes! This is a charity event, not a gambling casino). The money collected for Bingo cards go directly to that night’s charity. We also feature special shots and drink specials that benefit the charity as well, so “eat, drink, and be … MARY!”

The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is both a historic event and an exhibit. Through the Hall of Fame, residents of Chicago and the world are made aware of the contributions of Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and the communities' efforts to eradicate homophobic bias and discrimination.

With the support of the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, the Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues (now the Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues) established the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in June 1991. The inaugural induction ceremony took place during Gay and Lesbian Pride Week at City Hall, hosted by Mayor Richard M. Daley. This was the first event of its kind in the country.

The Hall of Fame recognizes the volunteer and professional achievements of LGBT people, their organizations, and their friends, as well as their contributions to the LGBT communities and to the City of Chicago. This is a unique tribute to dedicated individuals and organizations whose services have improved the quality of life for all of Chicago's citizens.

Induction into the Hall of Fame 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 LGBT communities.

The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is privately funded through generous donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. Staff support is provided by volunteers.

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