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 2019-03-13
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Mayoral candidates discuss LGBT issues
by Matt Simonette

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Homelessness, anti-transgender violence and aging resources were among the topics discussed as candidates vying in the crowded 2019 mayoral election weighed in on LGBT-related issues at a Jan. 19 forum at Second Presbyterian Church in the South Loop.

Among those candidates who took part in the forum were former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas; Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza; former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy; attorney and former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot, the only openly LGBT candidate; attorneys John Kozlar and Jerry Joyce; state Rep. LaShawn Ford ( D-Chicago ); former Ald. Robert Fioretti; community organizer Amara Enyia; and former Chicago Public Schools Board President Gery Chico.

Newly-elected 5th District State Rep. Lamont Robinson—the first openly Black LGBT state representative in Illinois' history—introduced the event, noting that challenges remain for Chicago's LGBT residents even after they've made great strides, adding, "We have learned how to exercise our power at the polling place, and we will be out in force again as a community."

Most of the candidates overlapped in expressing commitments to LGBT-equality and -inclusion, with Preckwinkle opening by noting her support of the community, for example, and Vallas detailing how equity had been an "organic" facet of his career. Lightfoot said, "We are a community who speaks our values and has the opportunity to do so, and that is exactly the kind of leadership that I will take to the mayor's office."

Several spoke of ramping up the engagement between City Hall and LGBT community advocates, and all said they would be willing to bring aboard LGBT staffers, including members of the city's trans community. Ford, for example, promised that were he to be elected, the Mayor's Office would "lead the way in how to treat people and not discriminate." Mendoza additionally said that her administration would accept LGBT members as "their full self."

Fioretti said, "It boils down to hiring, training and sensitivity—we have to make it stick."

All candidates agreed that the city should continue engagement with the Getting to Zero initiative, launched in Dec. 2018, that if successful would eliminate all new HIV transmissions by 2030; Preckwinkle mentioned the strategy in her opening remarks.Lightfoot for her part called for better funding for Chicago Department of Public health resources, while Chico said that the city must do more to bring down the cost of Truvada, the oral medication that is used for pre-exposure prophylaxis and is central to Getting to Zero's strategy. Enyia called for auditing of the city's Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Mendoza, in her remark calling for increased PrEP access, added that it was time to stop thinking of HIV as "only a gay man's disease."

A number of candidates also pledged to support continuing Chicago's status as a "sanctuary city" for immigrants and refugees. Kozlar, who at 30 is the youngest person in the race, said that, "The first people we need to deport are our corrupt politicians … We need to have the CPD solving our problems. They don't need to be assisting ICE."

"Being undocumented should not be considered a crime," said McCarthy. But Enyia also called into question of how the city could be considered a "sanctuary city" when even its own residents are routinely profiled based on their race, something that transgender persons of color are routinely subjected to.

The forum was moderated by Imani Rupert-Gordon of Affinity Community Services; Kenny Martin-Ocasio of Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ); Kim Hunt of Pride Action Tank; and Anthony Galloway of Equality Illinois. Sponsors included Affinity Community Services, ALMA, the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus, Equality Illinois Institute, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Pride Action Tank and Windy City Times.

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.


Gay News

NATIONAL Couples' eviction, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, dancer sentenced 2019-03-20 - A lesbian couple filed a complaint against the transitional housing facility they once called home after they were forced out, LGBTQ Nation reported. ...

Gay News

WORLD Irish PM, landmark Canadian ruling, Brazilian murder suspects 2019-03-20 - The openly gay prime minister of Ireland had breakfast with Mike Pence—and he made some pointed comments about accepting others, LGBTQ Nation reported. ...

Gay News

Supreme Ct. rejects anti-gay B&B's appeal 2019-03-19 - On March 18, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of Phyllis Young—who runs the three-room Aloha Bed & Breakfast in ...

Gay News

Anti-gay fliers criticizing Lightfoot distributed near churches 2019-03-18 - Fliers decrying lesbian mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot appeared at a number of churches with predominantly Black congregations the morning of Feb. 17. The ...

Gay News

Homophobic attack targets Lori Lightfoot in Chicago mayoral race 2019-03-17 - Washington, DC — Homophobic fliers targeting openly lesbian Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot were distributed on cars in key neighborhoods of the city ...

Gay News

PASSAGES Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh dies at 91 2019-03-14 - Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh ( D-Indiana )—a champion of women's rights and author of two amendments to the U.S. Constitution—died March 14 ...

Gay News

Equality Act introduced in U.S. Congress 2019-03-13 - On March 13, Democrats reintroduced the pro-LGBT measure known as the Equality Act in the U.S. House, The Washington Blade reported. Rep. David ...

Gay News

LGBTQ inclusive curriculum bill passes Illinois House 2019-03-13 - SPRINGFIELD — Students in Illinois public schools would learn about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Illinois and U.S. ...

Gay News

ELECTIONS 2019. Early voting info; election judges needed 2019-03-13 - Early voting for the April 2 municipal runoff elections will take place March 18 through April 1. The Loop Super Site, 175 ...

Gay News

WORLD Brazilian video, HIV incidents down, Malaysia's problems 2019-03-12 - Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has sparked outrage, disgust and ridicule after tweeting a pornographic video in an apparent attempt to hit back ...


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.








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.