LGBT Judges

Judge John G. Dalton Honored by Open Door Health Center

May 1, 2019 (Daily Herald)

Judge John G. Dalton was honored on Judge John G. DaltonMay 4, 2019 by the Open Door Health Center of Illinois during its 18th annual All Things Chocolate Gala.

An ardent community advocate, Judge Dalton has been recognized on local and state levels. “It is important to recognize the lifetime work of Judge Dalton,” said Perry Maier, executive director of Open Door Health Center. “He has been unwavering in his steadfast positive efforts and in his outspokenness on any number of social justice issues.”

Until his election as a Circuit Court Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit, Dalton served as an Elgin Community College trustee representing the citizens of 32 municipalities in five counties. He is deeply involved in the Elgin community. He has served as a deacon, church council member and Bible study facilitator at First Congregational Church in Elgin. He is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, as well as the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity “Community Leadership Award” for his lifetime of civil rights work.

Proceeds from the event support the mission of Open Door Health Center to provide services for persons living with HIV/AIDs and their family members, persons vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and members of our LGBTQ community.

Open Door, which was founded in 1977, provides primary health care, behavioral health and substance abuse services for the family members of patients and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender who are ages 12 and older.