Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-04-10
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

LGBTs discuss Lightfoot victory, future
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-04-10

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Lori Lightfoot scored a significant mayoral victory in Chicago on April 2—becoming the first African-American woman and first openly LGBT individual to be elected to the post.

Windy City Times asked various people about this achievement, as well as their hopes for the future.

—David Johns, National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) Executive Director: "As NBJC continues the work of reshaping narratives about Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same-gender- loving people, we are excited to celebrate the mayoral election of Lori Lightfoot. Mayor Lightfoot's victory comes at a time when ignorance and hate too often trumps hard working public servants trying to ensure we all get free.

"There is still much needed discussion about Lightfoot's past and what she will accomplish in the future. As an organization, NBJC will continue to watch and stand ready to support efforts and investments that ensure all Black people in Chicago have access to the resources and support they need to be happy, healthy, and whole. This is how we all get free!"

—John Peller, AIDS Foundation of Chicago president/CEO: "On April 2, Chicago voters made history when they elected Lori Lightfoot as the first openly-LGBTQ Black woman to serve as mayor. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago congratulates Mayor-Elect Lightfoot on her landslide win, and we stand ready to help as she puts her ambitious policy agenda into practice.

"We especially thank her for expressing her support for the Getting to Zero Illinois plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030 while she was a candidate. AFC wishes Mayor-Elect Lightfoot all the best as she and her team work to reduce community violence, improve public education, strengthen neighborhoods and improve the health of Chicagoans. Congratulations, Mayor-Elect Lightfoot!

—Kelly Cassidy, Illinois state representative: "Having known and worked with Lori for almost as long as I've been in Chicago, I am thrilled by her victory and by the possibilities that lay ahead. I said it when I endorsed her and it remains true: Representation matters. We have a lot of great allies in Illinois, but at the end of the day they only take us so far.

"Having an openly queer woman leading a city like Chicago sends an incredibly powerful message—especially to young people who may not see people like themselves in such public roles. Lori assembled an amazing coalition to propel this victory and keeping everyone together will be challenging. I am hopeful that we can continue to row in the same direction with this mandate to help solve some of the challenges the city is facing."

—Sandi Robinson, Godfrey Hotel Chicago director of sales: "The fact that two African-American women were in the runoff to be Chicago's next mayor was historic. Taking it a step further, the fact that Lori Lightfoot—an African-American lesbian—won is a game-changer.

"It is a new day for wueer women and, definitely, for queer African-American women. This means that we have another seat at the table. This means that certain conversations will no longer be swept under the rug. This means that her sexuality had nothing to do and, in some areas, everything to do with her winning. This means another historic moment for African-American queer women. This means that African-American queer women have one more thing that makes them proud—and her name is Lori Lightfoot."

—Modesto Tico Valle, Center on Halsted CEO: "A Black lesbian is leading the city of Chicago and we are rooting for her success in doing so. Lori Lightfoot's election is historic and representative of the steps this city has taken to give everybody a seat at the table. Center on Halsted takes great pride in our mission to advance community and secure the health and well-being of the LGBTQ people of Chicagoland. We look forward to continuing our work and our journey with Lori Lightfoot's leadership.

"Identity politics aside, now is the time to get on the ground and in the community—to create space for the rest of our community to also have a seat at the table. As we continue to grow and evolve, we must take steps in building a Chicago rooted in visibility, equity and inclusion. We are excited for what is ahead."

—Ken Mejia-Beal, activist and writer: "The election of Lori Lightfoot is relevant and important on two levels.

'1. Representation matters.

'2. She was the best candidate for the job, based on her own experience and background."

—Perri L. Irmer, The DuSable Museum of African American History president/CEO: "It's difficult to fully express the joy, pride and thankfulness I felt on election night, watching the results flash across the big screenthat Lori Lightfoot had won this election [substantially]. As with Obama in 2008, our hopes and prayers for victory had been strong yet tempered by a fear that if the win were not decisive then a mandate might not be achieved. But then as the votes were quickly tallied. Hallelujah!

"Thank you, Chicago, for ignoring the fear-mongering, for demanding change, equity and accountability, for showing the world who we really are and not the caricature of a city on the take. We voted- loud and clear and happy and proud—for our families, our neighborhoods, and the soul of the city we love.

"As a Black woman, president of the nation's oldest independent Black history museum, daughter of Chicago's South Side and proud mother of three strong daughters—the youngest of whom is also gay—Lori's election holds a special meaning for me. I admire her deeply, and I know exactly who she is: the same brilliant, kind, principled, fearless woman she was in her 20s when we were both law students at the University of Chicago. She was making her mark even then.

"I have absolutely no doubt that Lori will govern this world class city the way it deserves to be governed: with integrity, equity, empathy and high expectations for all of our people, all of our children, and all of our institutions. She will level the playing field for us black and brown folk to finally see green, with access to our fair share of business, economic and educational opportunities. Yes, it may be a tall order for a diminutive powerhouse.

But Chicago's spirit is strong and now we can see a hope-filled future rather than surrendering to a bad system that can't be changed—because it already has."

—Mona Noriega, Chicago Commission on Human Relations chair: "I am brought to tears when I recall the number of people I have known that were smart, charismatic, strategic, but were denied opportunities to make meaningful and life affirming contributions.

"I am old enough to remember when it was legal to fire someone because their LGBT identity was revealed, when it was socially acceptable to deny all things of importance, family, housing, jobs, even your life, because of your color, gender and or LGBTQ identity.

"Yes, we now have laws that prohibit violence and discrimination, but we still live in a world where any of those identities stop real decision makers like police, judges, teachers, parents, social workers, employers, hospital staff, from seeing a person's totality. Thus, I am ecstatic to see that Mayor-Elect Lightfoot was recognized for all of who she is, and I am hopeful that her governance will be infused with her lived experience of the deeply entrenched violence and discrimination that our many communities face. Yes, I have hope."

—Lamont Robinson, Illinois state representative: "Growing up in Chicago in the 1980s and 1990s, I was the son of civil servants, my mom, a schoolteacher, and my dad, a building inspector. One of the touchstones of their lives was the election of Harold Washington as mayor in 1983 and seeing how he inspired so many African-American kids in the city.

"Using their experience, I, too, aimed for public service, and I was elected last November as the first out gay black member of the Illinois General Assembly. But the one guiding star that was missing for me growing up was awareness of historical figures or current leaders who were gay.

"Two things will change that. One is the election of Lori Lightfoot as mayor, whom schoolchildren will be able to look up to. The other is learning in school about LGBTQ historical figures, which is why I am the chief co-sponsor of the LGBTQ curriculum bill."

—John D'Emilio, historian: "Without question, Lightfoot's election is a marker of significant historical change. Forty years ago this spring [in 1979], the Chicago police engaged in a series of raids on gay bars, making arrests and physically and verbally abusing patrons. Who could have imagined then that, someday, an African-American lesbian would become mayor?

"Also, one of the most fascinating aspects of the campaign is that Lightfoot did not feel the need to advocate in a major way for LGBTQ issues. When the first candidates from the queer community ran for elective office, LGBTQ issues figured prominently. Yes, there are important issues that still need attention, but the fact that they weren't front and center in Lightfoot's campaign is another form of testimony to how much has been accomplished in the last generation."


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Suspects arrested in murder of queer reporter 2019-04-20 - In Northern Ireland, authorities have arrested two teens ( aged 18 and 19 ) in connection with the murder of 29-year-old investigative journalist ...


Gay News

Wild Nights with Emily offers new takes on Dickinson myths 2019-04-18 - "Emily Dickinson wished to be published posthumously," says Mabel Todd ( Amy Seimetz ), the poet's editor, at one point in the new ...


Gay News

Rodriguez Sanchez talks about victory over Mell 2019-04-18 - The Chicago aldermanic runoff races that were initially too close to call have been settled—and lesbian Ald. Deb Mell ( 33rd Ward ) ...


Gay News

MOVIES Classic lesbian film stages re-'Bound,'and the stars weigh in 2019-04-17 - The popular 1996 film Bound is a lesbian centered crime thriller written and directed by the Wachowskis in their feature film debut. Jennifer ...


Gay News

Foxx reveals thoughts in Smollett case emails 2019-04-17 - Thousands of emails and other communications revealed that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx was involved in the Jussie Smollett case—even after she ...


Gay News

Trans singer songwriter Shea Diamond video supports HRC "Americans for the Equality Act" campaign 2019-04-16 - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil ...


Gay News

WORLD Mexican marriage bill, Luxembourg PM, China watching Buttigieg 2019-04-16 - In a secret ballot, the plenary of the Yucatan state congress in Mexico voted against a marriage-equality bill that was forwarded by a ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Trans baritone, Billboard Awards, Kate McKinnon, Lena Waithe 2019-04-16 - Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions have announced it is greenlighting a documentary entitled Lucia's Voice ( Working Title ), OperaWire.com noted. The new film ...


Gay News

Supreme Court denies appeal for gay man on death row 2019-04-16 - In an action one civil rights lawyer called "a deeply disturbing message about the value placed on LGBTQ lives," the U.S. Supreme Court ...


Gay News

Lamont Robinson talk April 20 2019-04-15 - On Saturday, April 20, a town hall-style discussion will take place with Equality Illinois Director of Civic Engagement Anthony Galloway and Illinois state ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.