Washington was chosen for dedication to LGBT issues during her 29 years as a journalist, both at the Chicago Sun-Times and her many years at The Chicago Reporter.
Also honored was minister Lois Bates, who died in 2011, who was an advocate for LGBT youth, a health educator and member of the Windy City Black Pride Committee. Cook County Clerk David Orr was also inducted as a friend of the LGBT community for his role in upholding Illinois' civil unions law and oppose anti-gay marriage legislation.
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who officiated the ceremony, repeated his support of marriage equality, saying that recognizing gay marriage will “widen the circle of democracy.”
Emmanuel lauded those inducted in to the Hall of Fame.
"By making the gay and lesbian community stronger, you have made the city of Chicago stronger," he said.
The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is the the country's only government-sponsored Hall of Fame that honors members of the LGBT community and has existed for 21 years.