A Legacy of Pride

At Heartland Alliance, we believe that everyone has the right to prosper and reach their full potential, no matter who they are or who they love. For decades, the LGBTQ community has experienced persecution, violence, and legal discrimination. Heartland Alliance stands on the shoulders of those LGBTQ heroes that came before us. Their courage to act inspires the work we do every day to create a society of equity and opportunity for all people, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

This Pride Week, join staff from across Heartland Alliance as they talk about the LGBTQ heroes that inspire them – each hero selected from The Legacy Project, a dynamic outdoor museum walk in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Each plaque commemorates the life and work of a notable lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individual whose achievements have helped shape the world and our own motivations to serve.

Pink Triangles

By Lori Cannon
Founder/Northside Food Program Coordinator at Heartland Alliance Health
Member of the Legacy Project Board of Directors

James Baldwin

By Willis Francis
Director of Youth Residential Services
Heartland Human Care Services


Bayard Rustin

By David Sinski
Executive Director
Heartland Human Care Services

 Audre Lorde

By Aneesha Gandhi
Supervising Attorney, LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative
National Immigrant Justice Center


Harvey Milk

By Ed Stellon
Executive Director
Heartland Alliance Health

Keith Haring

By Pat
Participant, Town Hall Apartments
Heartland Housing


Jane Addams

By Elizabeth Powley
Executive Director
Heartland Alliance International

 Josephine Baker

By Chanel
Volunteer, Vital Bridges Uptown Pantry
Heartland Alliance Health