Chicago’s Mayor Makes Emotional Speech as City Council Debates LGBT Study

Chicago’s black lesbian mayor Lori Lightfoot was not expecting enormous pushback when she introduced a resolution on January 14 to launch a study that could lay the groundwork for forging contract set-asides for gay-and transgender-owned businesses in her city.

Several African American aldermen on Chicago’s City Council, led by Black Caucus Chairman Jason Ervin and Alderman Walter Burnett, warned that they saw Lightfoot’s resolution as yet another way for “privileged white men” to turn Chicago politics against blacks. Speaking at the end of the council meeting the following day, Lightfoot gave an impassioned speech lecturing the aldermen on how disturbed she was by the tone of the debate, and that she would not remain silent in the face of overt discrimination


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