Scott Hall

Scott Hall, Founder and Executive Director of the Gay American Hero’s Project.

A Who’s who of gay and straight culture have come together to create a national memorial to honor LGBT people who have been murdered because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Led by Scott Hall, Franklin Kameny, US Representative Barney Frank and Chip Arndt; the idea for Gay American Heroes was born on March 13, 2007 when Founder and President Scott Hall learned about the brutal murder of Ryan Keith Skipper. Ryan was a 25 year old Floridian who lived in Polk County not far from Hall. Ryan was viciously stabbed more than 20 times and was left to die for one reason; Ryan Keith Skipper was gay.

Hall had twice been the victim of hate crimes and was quickly spurred into action. Within days he contacted his longtime friend Franklin Kameny, who himself was a pioneering gay rights activist and immediately recognized the importance of Hall’s project.

James T Sears, noted writer and historian, also voiced his early strong support of the project. The group then assembled a team to create the Gay American Heroes Foundation, a not for profit

Their mission statement is to honor and remember LGBT victims of hate crimes; to engage and inform the public about hate crimes against LGBT persons and to inspire compassion and greater appreciation and acceptance of diversity.

The Rainbow Memorial is the opportunity to shine a light on our heroes and share their stories with the rest of America. The Memorial gives hope to the family and friends of those LGBT people who have been murdered in hate crimes and shows that a brighter future is on the way.
The goal of the Gay American Heroes Foundation is to build a traveling memorial to take to communities
throughout the USA to honor the lives of LGBT people who have been murdered for simply being