Long-time LGBTQ activist Buff Carmichael honored by State Treasurer’s office

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Buff Carmichael at the dedication of the Springfield AIDS Labyrinth in Summer 2020. (Photo from Facebook)

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs awarded long-time central Illinois activist Buff Carmichael with the LGBT History Month Outstanding Service in Leadership award on Wednesday.

The treasurer’s office made the announcement on their Facebook page. October is LGBTQ History Month.

Carmichael founded the Prairie Flame, the first LGBTQ newspaper to serve downstate LGBTQ communities in 1996. He also served as a co-chair of the 2013 March on Springfield for Marriage Equality and was a co-founder of the Coalition of Rainbow Alliances (CORAL) in Springfield.

In recent months, Carmichael has also been honored by statewide organization Equality Illinois for his activism and has been profiled by the Windy City Times and Illinois Times.

“Buff, thank you for your decades of service, your leadership, and your commitment to making our state an affirming and accepting place,” Frerichs said in the post.

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