First Inductees of the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Honored in Chicago

21 individuals, three organizations, one sports team, and one corporation were among those honored Friday night in Chicago as the first inductees to the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. The events, according to CBS News, included "a dinner Friday night to honor the inductees at a ceremony at the Center on Halsted and an event on Saturday at Wrigley Field called 'Out at Wrigley,' which organizers says is the largest "Gay Day' at a major league sporting event."

PalloneAmong those inducted was Dave Pallone, who umpired the first night game at Wrigley Field.

Said Pallone, via the AP:

"It is a tremendous honor and … I hope it gives young people and adults alike who happen to be LGBT and want to be in professional sports another example of why they should continue to strive for their dreams," Pallone said.

Pallone also spoke out about the situation in Russia: "The Olympic Games are for the athletes, not for political or religious figures. Athletes come in all shapes and sizes, colors and orientations," said David Pallone, a former umpire in Major League Baseball. "I truly believe that the IOC should really start thinking about the athletes before they select the host cities."

The complete list of the organization's first inductees:

Gay Games,, Chicago Cubs, International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA), Anheuser Busch, Chris Kluwe, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Ben Cohen, Dave Pallone, Justin Fashanu, LZ Granderson, Christina Kahrl, Dr. Tom Waddell, Chuck Dima, Jerry Pritikin, Dave Kopay, Glenn Burke, Renee Richards, Billie, Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Greg Louganis, Patty Sheehan, Andrew Goldstein, Jason Collins, Orlando Cruz and Johnny Weir.


  1. jsb says

    There are many because we have so many years to catch up on, there will be more inductees for the future. Some of those chosen are getting older and it is good to honor them while they are still around to see it. Glad to see Chris Kluwe listed, Johnny Weir, not so much, just not one of his fans.

  2. says

    That is me getting my Award from the Creator of the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame… and @ Bobby, quite a few of those inducted on Friday have past away. Believe me there are many more who belong there like Mayor Moscone,who threw out the first pitch before 2,000 fans to start the 1978 Gay Community Softball League season decades before it was politically correct taking part in a public gay event.

  3. DannyEastVillage says

    “I truly believe that the IOC should really start thinking about the athletes before they select the host cities.”

    How about they ought to think about simple human decency?

  4. jdswell says

    How does Jason Collins make it in and Robbie Rogers does not? I know Collins was supposedly the first “active” player to announce but that’s not exactly true because he doesn’t have a contract. Rogers is actually playing for the two time defending MLS Cup holders.

  5. Craig says

    JDSWELL – that was my first thought. Without Robbie Rogers it’s missing a key component. But then again Robbie was busy last night actually playing his sport while openly gay (actually starting for the Galaxy).

  6. Palmer says

    Johnny Weir? Really? So many more important and appropriate choices that could’ve been made. David Kopay and Billy Bean come to mind. Also Rudy Galindo if they wanted to stay with an ice skater.

    Weir was not a good choice. His serious competition days are behind him.

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