Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot denounced homophobic campaign flyers targeting her that surfaced around the South Side over the weekend, saying “hate has no place in Chicago.”
Lightfoot, who is openly gay, made the comments at a City Hall news conference Monday morning where she accepted endorsements from several labor unions, including the organization that supports CTA workers.
Lightfoot was responding to questions about the flyers, which show a photo of Lightfoot and her wife with their arms around each other. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle also denounced the flyers when asked Monday.
The flyers read: “The Feminist and Gay Movement Have Come Full Circle!”
Underneath their picture, they say, “The GAY EQUALITY ACT!!! ITS OUR TURN.” Below that, in red ink, are the words, “1st openly gay woman in City Hall.”
The back of the flyers say Lightfoot is “pro law enforcement,” and add, “All contracts, jobs, and employment newly assigned exclusively to gay people!”
The flyers also say: “With our people in City Hall, I promise to enforce the Gay Equality Act. All churches will abide by the gay marriage laws. All public restrooms will be gender free. All public schools will teach Gay History by mandate. School restrooms must be DE-SEGREGATED.”
“Simply put, hate has no place in Chicago,” Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, said.
People need to stand against hate, Lightfoot said, particularly in light of the anti-Muslim massacre in New Zealand last week.
“Any attempts by anyone to propagate hate, we have to stand together as a city and denounce it unequivocally because hate can have no place in our city,” Lightfoot said.
She said she feels “honored and overwhelmed” by the support she’s received across the city and feels confident that if her campaign works hard and stays focused, “we are going to have a broad mandate for change in our city.”
Preckwinkle denied having anything to do with the flyers.
“I condemn them, they have nothing to do with our campaign,” Preckwinkle said of the literature on Monday. “It’s disgraceful.”
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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune, Gregory Pratt