Chicago feminist and lesbian activist Christina Santiago will be posthumously honored by the Chicago Foundation for Women with a Memorial Award at the 2012 Impact Awards ceremony March 15.
Santiago, 29, was killed when a stage collapsed during a performance at the Indiana State Fair last August. Her partner, Alisha Brennon, was severely injured.
She will be honored for her contributions to local healthcare organizations, including Howard Brown Health Center, where she worked as part of the Lesbian Community Cancer Project. She was also the programming chair at Amigas Latinas, where she helped coordinate educational events and fundraisers.
“Santiago brought multiple communities together and was instrumental in helping create the Chicago LGBT Citywide Coalition as well as working to create a community center for Amigas Latinas and Affinity Community Service–a dream that will be realized in the fall of 2012,” read the CFW website event page.
CFW raises money to fund and support organizations that help women and girls.