Selected by the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame
Awarded to Silk Road Rising
November 12, 2014
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
On Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Chicago History Museum, Silk Road Rising was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, the country’s only known government-sponsored hall of fame that honors members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. Silk Road Rising was selected for its "12 years of showcasing works that address themes relevant to Silk Road peoples and their diaspora, including polycultural LGBT stories."
“Each year, the Hall of Fame is able to spotlight some of the many who have made contributions to their own communities and to the city as a whole,” said Gary G. Chichester, co-chairperson of the LGBT hall of fame. “We welcome the 2014 inductees’ addition,” said Israel Wright, executive director of the Friends organization. “It continues to show how the important contributions from our LGBT communities and from our friends pave the way for the future. It is humbling to recognize each inductee’s special efforts to create change in ways that affect us all so greatly.”
View Mayor Rahm Emanuel's letter congratulating Silk Road Rising on their induction into the LGBT Hall of Fame. Read Jamil Khoury's essay "The Good, the Bad, and the Hopeful: Reflecting on Silk Road Rising's Induction into Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame" or view the PDF version here .
Learn more at www.chicagolgbthalloffame.org.