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Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs honors LGBTQIA+ leaders and celebrates LGBTQIA+ History Month
-- From a press release
2022-10-23

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CHICAGO — On Oct. 21, Illinois state Treasurer Michael Frerichs hosted a celebration to commemorate LGBTQIA+ History Month at the state government building at 555 W. Monroe St.

The event was an opportunity to reflect on the great achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual people, and their allies. Frerichs presented awards to leaders in the community, education, legislature, business, labor, and arts.

"Today, let us take a moment to recognize the contributions of our LGBTQIA+ neighbors," Frerichs said. "Let's celebrate their dedication to justice and equal opportunity, and the history surrounding that movement."

LGBTQIA+ History Month was started in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, then a Missouri high school teacher who thought the historical importance of gays and lesbians should be emphasized. From those small steps, the month grew. The Equality Forum now champions the promotion of the history month, shedding new light on past accomplishments at equalityforum.com .

Frerichs honored the following individuals for their outstanding commitment to their Illinois communities:

Outstanding Service in Business

Christy Webber

President | Christy Webber Landscapes

Outstanding Service in Leadership

Terry Cosgrove

President & CEO | Personal PAC

Outstanding Commitment in Community Service

Julio Rodriguez

Co-founder & Board President | ALMA Chicago

Outstanding Commitment as an Elected Official

Hon. Lamont J. Robinson Jr.

Illinois State Representative | 5th District

Outstanding Commitment in Workforce and Labor

John R. Cusick

Legislative Director | Illinois Federation of Teachers

Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Humanity

OUTspoken! LGBTQ+ Storytelling

Outstanding Achievement in Education

Megan R. Kashner

Professor & Director of Social Impact | Northwestern University


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