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National LGBTQ Wall of Honor 2021 inductees announced

National LGBTQ Wall of Honor 2021 inductees announced

The International Imperial Courts of the U.S.A., Canada & Mexico & the National LGBTQ Task Force will again come together to honor LGBTQ pioneers, trailblazers & heroes at the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the historic Stonewall Inn on June 24.

The 2021 Honorees are: Ivy Bottini, activist for women’s rights & LGBTQ rights & visual artist, Carmen Vazquez, immigrant rights activist, public policy expert & writer, Ruth Ellis, oldest surviving out lesbian at age 101, having come out in 1915, Jimmy Pisano, opened his first bar in the original Stonewall space, eventually changing the name back to Stonewall & Monica Robert’s, founding editor of TransGriot, a blog focusing on issues facing Black trans women & other trans women of color.

Nicole Murray Ramirez, International Imperial Courts Commissioner stated, “In honoring LGBTQ pioneers, trailblazers & heroes, every year on this National LGBTQ Wall of Honor we remember upon whose shoulders we stand on and acknowledge our community's history”.

Cathy Renna, Communications Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, who will be speaking at the event, concluded, “This past year has been a testament to the strength & resilience of our community & recognizing these pioneers & icons exemplifies those same qualities. The Task Force is thrilled to be a partner in honoring those who came before us, the trailblazers who organized, advocated & rose up, living authentically & unapologetically.”

Due to public health & safety precautions the June 2 event will be a short ceremony & private event in which the 10 names are added to the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor.