This list of people just blew my mind. I almost passed out:
National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame announces 2014 inductees
(Chicago, May 30th, 2014)
The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Board is proud to announce our choices for the second induction class. Inductees include Billy Bean, retired MLB player; Wade Davis, Executive Director of You Can Play and retired NFL player; Tom Daley, Olympic Medal Winning Diver; Gareth Thomas, retired rugby player; Esara Tuaolo, retired NFL player; Brittney Griner, decorated collegiate athlete, active WNBA player; Diana Nyad, endurance swimmer; Fallon Fox, Mixed Martial Artist; Chris Mosier, founder of transathlete.com; Nike, corporation; Stand Up Foundation, anti-bullying non-profit; Mark Bingham, rugby player (Deceased); Jerry Smith, NFL player (Deceased); Mayor George Moscone, Straight Ally, Former Mayor of San Francisco, (Deceased).
The induction of the second class of honorees will be held at 7:30 PM at Center on Halsted on July 11th, 2014 in conjunction with Out at Wrigley on July 12th, 2014 – the nation’s largest “Gay Day” at a major league sporting event. Tickets for the induction ceremony will go on sale May 30th. Price of admission includes hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres. To purchase tickets visit www.gayandlesbiansports.com
The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame, a 501 (c)(3) organization based in Chicago, recognizes those who have stood up to stereotypes and worked to break down the walls of differences to bring people together for the good of sport, according to the group’s executive director, Bill Gubrud.
The first of its kind in the U.S., the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame was established to honor individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced the fields of sports and athletics for the gay and lesbian community.
Thank you to our sponsors of the 2nd annual Induction Ceremony;
Anheuser-Busch, Southern Comfort, Chicago Pride, L Stop, Grab Magazine, Center on Halsted, Windy City Times, Fitness Formula Club, Crew Bar and Grill, Supergurl Images, MTM Chicago, Horizons Cafe
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About the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame:
Founded in 2013 and based in Chicago, IL, the National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame’s mission is to recognize both individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports and athletics for the LGBT community. In addition, the Hall of Fame will preserve the history of LGBT individuals who have impacted professional and amateur sports and provide outreach and education to the sporting world so that LGBT youth all across the nation feel welcome and safe to participate in any and all sporting activities.