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Homophobic Daley Plaza rant caught on video
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by Matt Simonette
2018-09-20

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Windy City Times received a video of a man—holding a clipboard and wearing a t-shirt supporting Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle—using anti-gay language in Daley Plaza.

The person who filmed the video asked that their name not be used.

After an initial verbal altercation, the person began filming the man, at which point he suggested that "straight men" wouldn't follow other men around, and said that the person filming had "sugar in their tank."

While the man's T-shirt was supporting one of Preckwinkle's runs for Cook County board president, the incident took place Sept. 19, just a day before Preckwinkle was scheduled to announce a bid for Chicago mayor; a man wearing a similar shirt is visible in the background, suggesting they were canvassing for Preckwinkle.

That same day, news broke that Preckwinkle had fired her chief of staff for "inappropriate behavior."

"While we are grateful for the countless volunteers who have stepped up to offer their support of Toni's campaign, the actions of this individual are inexcusable. Our campaign has a zero-tolerance policy against anyone engaging in homophobic and transphobic behavior. We are taking immediate action to track the individual and relieve him of his volunteer duties," said Monica Trevino, Toni Preckwinkle's campaign spokesperson. "Toni has a proven track record for championing the rights of the LGBTQ community, and anyone not in line with her values will be immediately removed."



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