Gary Chichester receives Damski Award
by Tracy Baim, Windy City Times 2018-04-01
The 21st annual Jon-Henri Damski Award was presented to longtime gay activist Gary Chichester March 31 at Sidetrack bar, on what would have been Damski's 81st birthday.
Damski was a longtime columnist in gay newspapers, including for Windy City Times and Outlines. Wearing his signature Cubs baseball cap, Damski was a regular at many Lakeview and Boystown bars and events, and a co-founder of Town Meeting, a group widely credited with putting Chicago's gay-rights ordinance over the top in the late 1980s.
Speakers first at the event were Dean Ogren, Lori Cannon, Bill Greaves and Mona Noriega, who presented Chichester with a mayor's proclamation for his work. Chichester began his activism in the early 1970s, and during his speech he showed his treasured early gay pride flag.
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