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National LGBTQ Wall of Honor to be unveiled at historic Stonewall Inn

National LGBTQ Wall of Honor to be unveiled at historic Stonewall Inn.
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(New York, NY) - The oldest LGBTQ organization in North America, The International Imperial Courts of the U.S.A, Canada and Mexico, established in 1965, and the oldest national LGBTQ advocacy organization, the National LGBTQ Task Force, founded in 1973, will be dedicating the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the historic Stonewall Inn on June 27, 2019. 

The National LGBTQ Wall of Honor celebrates LGBTQ leaders who have paved the road to liberation and contributed significantly to progress for LGBTQ people.  The inaugural fifty artists, activists, federal workers, and others will be honored with their own space in the bar where the modern LGBTQ activist movement started in 1969.

“This National LGBTQ Wall of Honor will remind our community whose shoulders we stand on and the pioneers, trailblazers and heroes of our civil rights movement,” said National LGBTQ Wall of Honor founder and National Co-Chair Nicole Murray Ramirez, Queen Mother I of the Americas.  “Indeed, a movement that does not know where it came from does not really know where it’s going. The Imperial Courts and the Task Force would like to acknowledge and thank Kurt Kelly and the Stonewall Inn for sharing our vision and  their outstanding support in making this historic wall a reality."

Rea Carey, executive director, National LGBTQ Task Force said, “The fifty leaders recognized represent some of our most vibrant changemakers and serve as a reminder that each one of us has a role to play in achieving freedom for LGBTQ people. While we create this wall as an honor, we know that our liberation will be achieved by bringing down walls and ending barriers. I invite everyone to honor those who have come before us and to be inspired to work for all that lies ahead."

The first 50 Names to be put on the Wall of Honor were selected by the Stonewall 50 Wall of Honor Board of Governors made up of 18 LGBTQ leaders including Wilson Cruz, Mandy Carter, Marsha Botzer, Rev. Troy Perry, and Stuart Milk.

The historic Stonewall Inn is located at 53 Christopher Street New York, NY 10014

DEDICATION SPEAKERS:

Queen Mother Nicole Murray Ramirez, International Imperial Courts of USA, Canada and Mexico

Judy and Dennis Shephard, Matthew Shephard Foundation

Kierra Johnson, National LGBTQ Task Force

Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk Foundation

The Honorable Toni Atkins, CA State Senate President Pro Tempore

Mandy Carter, Civil Rights Pioneer

Karina Samala and Kamryn Whitley, Long-time Transgender Activists

Chase Xavier Matys-Gleason, 11-year old Trans Activist

The National LGBTQ Wall of Honor first 50:

Wanda Alston  

Gilbert Baker  

James Baldwin  

Melvin “Mel” Boozer  

Michael Callen 

Stormé DeLarverie  

Paula L. Ettelbrick  

Leslie Feinberg 

Barbara Gittings  

Keith Haring  

E. Lynn Harris 

Henry "Harry" Hay, Jr.

Diana Hemingway  

Essex Hemphill  

Brenda Howard

C. Wayne Hussey, Alaska LGBTQ activist, founded the ICOAA court system in Alaska

Marsha P. Johnson  June Jordan  

Christine Jorgensen 

Franklin Edward "Frank" Kameny 

Alfred Charles Kinsey  

Kiyoshi Kuromiya 

Crystal LaBeija  

Christopher Lee  

Audre Lorde  

Jeanne Sobelson Manford 

Dorothy Louise Taliaferro "Del" Martin 

Leonard Philip Matlovich 

Harvey Milk'  

Jeffrey Montgomery 

Pat Parker 

Chuck Renslow

Adrienne Rich  

Sylvia Rivera  

Craig Rodwell

Vito Russo 

Bayard Rustin  

José Julio Sarria 

Matthew Wayne Shepard 

Randy Shilts  

Barbra Casbar Siperstein 

Lou Sullivan

Dr. Virginia Uribe  

Bruce Raymond Voeller

Patricia Nell Warren  

Janet Weinberg 

Edith "Edie" Windsor  

Soni Wolf  

Pedro Zamora  

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The Imperial Council of San Francisco Inc.

The Imperial Sovereign Gem Court of Idaho, Inc.

The Royal Grand Ducal Council of Alameda & Contra Costa Counties Inc.

Imperial Court de San Diego Inc.

The Imperial Court of Washington D.C.

Imperial Sovereign Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire

Imperial Sovereign Court of the Evergreen Empire

Imperial Court of New York

The Imperial Court of Hawaii

Imperial Court of Kentucky

Grand Ducal Council of San Francisco

Emperor 1 of The Americas Terry Siidie

Emperor XVII After Norton Jerry Coletti

National LGBTQ Task Force