Lori Lightfoot made history in Chicago on Tuesday (2 April) when she won mayoral elections by a landslide.
She became the city’s first black female mayor and the US’s highest-ranking LGBTI mayor.
Lightfoot, a lawyer and rights activist, overwhelmingly beat her adversary longtime politician Toni Preckwinkle.
She won all of Chicago’s 50 wards. The self-declared ‘out and proud black lesbian’ will be sworn in on 20 May.
Lightfoot said it was the beginning of a ‘city reborn’.
She said little boys and girls were seeing the beginning of something a ‘little bit different’, ‘where it doesn’t matter who you love’.
‘Every child out there should know this: Each of you, one day, can be the Mayor of Chicago’ she said.
Lightfoot, a 56-year-old former assistant US attorney, fought a hard election battle.
She has never held elective office before.
Preckwinkle mentioned Lightfoot’s sexuality during one of the mayoral debates.
What’s more, last month, homophobic flyers targeting Lightfoot surfaced.
One side showed an image of Lightfoot and her wife, Amy Eshelman, along with a message that read: ‘The Gay Equality Act!!! It’s our turn.’
The other side, however, said: ‘All Contracts, Jobs and employment newly assigned exclusively to gay people!’
It also claimed Lightfoot endorses the nonexistent Gay Equality Act, which would ensure churches abide by ‘gay marriage laws’ and public restrooms are ‘gender free’.
A number of rights and LGBTI activists congratulated Lightfoot on the win.
Congratulations to @LightfootForChi on her historic victory tonight as she becomes the first out LGBTQ person and first Black woman elected mayor of Chicago! @HRC looks forward to working with you to advance LGBTQ equality across Chicago! https://t.co/Y2C9ldJMdD
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) April 3, 2019
BREAKING: #Chicago mayoral candidate @LightfootForChi is the overwhelming winner tonight. She will become the highest-ranking LGBTQ mayor in American history and the only Black openly lesbian mayor serving anywhere in the nation. #ElectLGBTQ pic.twitter.com/z7j0grO3Zz
— Victory Fund (@VictoryFund) April 3, 2019