On Jan. 15, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticized aldermen for objecting to a plan to determine if the LGBT community faces obstacles in obtaining city contracts, CBS Chicago reported.
"I feel compelled to speak to this issue," the mayor said after several aldermen voiced concerns that setting specific contract goals for LGBTQ businesses could lead to fraud.
"I said I was concerned that it would take away from the minorities and the women who's already trying to get contracts, which we don't have a nice percentage of already in this city," Ald. Walter Burnett ( 27th Ward ) said, adding that while transgender business owners likely face discrimination, "white gay males, I don't think they're discriminated against." Ald. Raymond Lopez ( 15th ), a member of the council's LGBT caucus, even wondered how the city would verify whether a company seeking to be verified as an LGBT business is part of that demographic.
Lightfoot said she was "disturbed" by the nature of the discussion about the study.
The full article is at chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/01/15/mayor-lori-lightfoot-scolds-aldermen-over-offensive-nature-of-debate-on-study-of-possible-contract-set-asides-for-lgbtq-businesses/ .