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"When we first heard about the idea of a walk that features LGBT people from throughout history as our gift to future generations, we were instantly intrigued. The thought that LGBT kids would be able to learn about the amazing contributions of past and present LGBT folks--information that is not available to them due to censorship, filtering of information through homophobic 'education' programs, or simple neglect--was most appealing. We want to help provide information about these positive role models in order to support our LGBT youth and maybe to open a few eyes in the larger community to what gay men and lesbians have added to our culture and way of life.  I've been involved in the law for decades, having served as a Circuit Court Judge in Chicago for 15 years. Upon retirement, I began to pursue a second-chance career in acting. Oscar Wilde lived in those worlds as well. He was a consummate writer and performer who was put through hell by the legal system due to his sexual orientation. His trials have been dramatized. It just seemed like a good match."

Judge Tom Chiola (Ret.) and Drew Jemilo

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