Chicago elects its first lesbian Mayor

Lori Lightfoot (Photo: Facebook)

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.

Elections

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.

Author: Rik Glauert

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San Diego’s next mayor could be a gay man in first for the Golden State

San Diego Pride to continue

California’s statewide LGBTI advocacy group Equality California endorsed gay state assemblyman Todd Gloria last week for Mayor (8 March).

If elected in the 2020 Mayoral race, Gloria would become the first LGBTI person elected in one of the Golden State’s largest cities.

With 1.4 million residents, San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the country and the second largest in the state.

Furthermore, Equality California executive director Rick Zbur welcomed the news.

Zbur said: ‘Todd Gloria will be a mayor who fights for every San Diegan, in every community.

‘Todd has championed civil rights and social justice for the LGBTQ community and worked tirelessly to give all Californians a shot at success.

‘We’re ready to make history in 2020.’

Who is Gloria? 

Gloria, 40, announced his plans to run back in January.

Only two candidates will advance to the general election after the non-partisan mayoral primaries on 3 March next year.

Gloria said he was ‘proud to have Equality California join our diverse coalition looking to make history,’ according to the Bay Area Reporter.

He said his campaign ‘is about sending a clear message that San Diego is a place for all people where everyone has an equal opportunity to be successful.’

Meanwhile, Gloria briefly served as San Diego’s interim mayor in late 2013 through early 2014.

This was due to the resignation of former mayor Bob Filner amid sexual harassment accusations.

San Diego and LGBTI rights

It’s well known that San Diego is, well, super gay.

The state of California on the west coast is seen as the on fit most liberal states when it comes to LGBTI rights.

Since the 70s, LGBTI Californias have enjoyed a gentle upwards curve.

Significantly, California was the first state to legalize domestic partnerships between same-sex couples back in 1999.

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Author: Josh Milton

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Gay mayor Pete Buttigieg just launched his 2020 presidential campaign

Pete Buttigieg (left) with his husband ChastenThe popular young mayor is out and proud – and willing to take on America’s biggest issues.

Author: Alex Bollinger

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