(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
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:
Melvin “Mel” Boozer
Paula L. Ettelbrick
E. Lynn Harris
Henry “Harry” Hay, Jr.
C. Wayne Hussey, Alaska LGBTQ activist, founded the ICOAA court system in Alaska
Marsha P. Johnson June Jordan
Franklin Edward “Frank” Kameny
Alfred Charles Kinsey
Jeanne Sobelson Manford
Dorothy Louise Taliaferro “Del” Martin
Leonard Philip Matlovich
José Julio Sarria
Matthew Wayne Shepard
Barbra Casbar Siperstein
Dr. Virginia Uribe
Bruce Raymond Voeller
Patricia Nell Warren
Edith “Edie” Windsor
Mile High Comics
Faces Nightclub Sacramento
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