Chicago HIV/AIDS Activists, Organizations to be inducted into Hall of Fame

As reported by, a number of Chicago area individuals and organizations which focus on HIV/AIDS-related issues are slated for induction into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, which is “the only known government-sponsored hall of fame that honors members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.”

Individuals and their respective efforts include:

Marcia J. Lipetz, Ph.D., 62, for her long history of leadership, energy, passion, and vision for Chicago’s LGBT community and the institutions affiliated with it, especially for her work with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the WPWR-TV Channel 50 Foundation, and Center on Halsted.
Amy Maggio, 60, for her leadership in LGBT and HIV/AIDS issues, including her experience in development, marketing, and public relations for organizations in both the non-profit and private sectors.
Joey McDonald, 54, for his strong commitment to improving the quality of life for members of Chicago’s LGBT communities, particularly his work with people living with HIV/AIDS, his leadership in the recovery community, his mentorship in the leather community, and his advocacy for LGBT equality.

In addition, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, one of nation’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS services and advocacy efforts, is to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Marilyn Urso, a nurse, is to be recognized as a “Friend of the Community,” for her role as a reserach registered nurse with “the world’s largest epidemiological study on sexual practices and how they relate to the transmission of HIV,” in association with the Howard Brown Health Center’s Multi-Site AIDS Cohort Study.

To read more about the honorees and the Hall of Fame, please see the original article at


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