Wednesday, June 8, 2011

PFLAG National Celebrates the Heartland...Chicago! And celebrate we did...

Our inaugural Chicago event was a winner, thanks to a gorgeous setting, beautiful music, delicious food, a host who is TRULY a role model for straight allies everywhere, and three honorees who have dedicated their lives to moving equality forward at the community, local and state levels.

Affinity Community Services Executive Director Kim L. Hunt,LGBT/Chicago Police Dept. Liaison Officer Jose Rios and Illinois State Representative Greg Harris were honored on Thursday, June 2nd as leaders in the PFLAG mission of support, education and advocacy. All three work tirelessly to make this country not only an equal place for our LGBT loved ones, but a safe place as well.

Host Hal Sparks was by equal measures hilarious and heartfelt, delivering comedy that contributed to the celebratory spirit of the evening, as well as moving words that inspired all of us – LGBT and allies alike – to keep fighting the good fight.

Event co-chairs John and Char Cepek made sure the evening honors recognized not only the work of the three honorees, but also celebrated the many civil union ceremonies that went on in Chicago and all over the state of Illinois on June 2nd.

A great time was had by all – and we look forward to next year!