Rev. Dr. Sid L. Mohn was ordained as a clergyperson with the United Church of
Christ in 1976, the first openly gay person ordained in the Illinois Conference
of the United Church of Christ and the second openly gay person ordained
nationally in the UCC. Rev. Mohn has been active in advancing the
leadership of LGBT individuals within local, regional, national and
international communities and institutions of faith. He has also taken
leadership in advancing social justice for poverty and vulnerable populations.
Since 1980, he has served as the President of the Heartland Alliance for Human
Needs and Human Rights which provides housing, health, and human service
programs and advances human rights protections. Through his leadership he has
founded the Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center, the Kovler Center for
the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, the Rafael Center for Persons with
HIV, Enlaces America (working with diaspora communities from Mexico and
Central America), and the MidAmerica Institute on Poverty.
Mohn is a member of the Board of International Social Services and the
Immigration & Refugee Services of America, and a former board member and
Chair of the National Immigration Forum. He serves as a city commissioner with
the Chicago Commission on Human Relations where he was appointed as the first
openly gay chairperson of the Advisory Council on Immigrant & Refugee
Affairs. He received the Wright Award from the City of Chicago for his work for
social justice. He has founded the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee
Rights and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. He was inducted into the
Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.
He recently became a member of the Order
of Ecumenical Franciscans.
(This biographical statement provided by Sid Mohn.)