Illinois Representative Mike Quigley is among the 14 individuals and organizations to be inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

“I'm truly humbled to be recognized in such tremendous company,” Congressman Quigley said in a statement. “To be included amongst these other inspiring leaders is almost as great an honor as being inducted itself.”

“While we have accomplished quite a bit together, we still have work to do. Whether it's repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell or DOMA, it's our moral obligation to ensure that all citizens are treated with dignity and equality,” he added.

Quigley, a long-time ally to the gay community, is a co-sponsor of the Hate Crimes Bill and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which bans workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (transgender protections). He recently signed on as co-sponsor to New York Representative Jerrold Nadler's Respect for Marriage Act of 2009. If approved, the bill would repeal the provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that forbids the federal government from recognizing legal gay marriages.

Also being recognized will be women's activist Paula Basta, artist Lou Conte, police sergeant Lori A. Cooper, AIDS researcher/activist Marcia J. Lipetz, AIDS activist Amy Maggio, gay activist Joey McDonald, journalist Frank M. Robinson, civil rights activist Jane M. Hussein Saks, filmmaker Zaida Sanabia, choir director Patrick Sinozich, Latino gay activist Jorge Valdivia, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and nurse Marilyn Urson.

The 19th annual ceremony will be held Thursday, November 12 at the Chicago Cultural Center.