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 2019-08-21
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Mayoral appointments project launches
by Joseph Erbentraut
2011-02-16

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Borrowing a page from the campaign that resulted in the appointment of a previously unmatched number of openly LGBT people to President Obama's administration, a coalition of Chicago's leading LGBT community organizers has launched a project it hopes will make a similar impact on the city's newly elected mayor later this year.

Announced Feb. 9 at the mayoral candidate forum held at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, the Chicago Appointments Project is a campaign intended to identify and recruit well-qualified, openly LGBT individuals from the community and advocate for their appointment to the next mayor's administration. The project is a joint effort between Equality Illinois, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute.

Debra Shore, the openly lesbian commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, said the idea came after witnessing the success of the Presidential Appointments Project, a campaign led by the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute in collaboration with other groups.

Beginning in mid-2008, Shore and other LGBT leaders throughout the country began to identify, recruit and gather the resumes of openly LGBT people who were well suited for appointment to the Obama administration.

"The Obama administration, I am told, was so impressed by the organization and the thoroughness of the effort," Shore said. "They said the LGBT community was better organized than any constituency group in this regard."

The next step, she said, seemed natural—to pilot the model at a state or municipal level. With Chicago on the verge of electing its first new mayor in just over two decades, the opportunity to do exactly that is now. While acknowledging current Mayor Richard M. Daley has done "very well" in appointing quite a few LGBT people to leadership positions within the city, Shore said the interest is now in avoiding a backslide from that achievement.

"We want to be ready and be able to assist [ the next mayor ] ," Shore added. "We want to make the case that there are many worthy, talented members of our community and that the next mayor and the city as a whole would be well-served to have them working in the new administration."

Bernard Cherkasov, Equality Illinois chief executive officer, said the project, if successful, would help de-sensationalize the fact the community is already present in vastly diverse areas of government and city life alike.

"We are already everywhere, in every profession and industry but are often invisible," Cherkasov said. "But we are one of the largest cities in the world and this effort would communicate a strong message. We are certain this will be a quite productive effort for our community."

Both Cherkasov and Shore indicated they had received positive feedback from all the leading candidates who remain in the mayoral race.

Shore added that the benefit of having openly LGBT people in within city administration can be crucial not only in terms of visibility but also in terms of decision-making and educating co-workers. As the first open lesbian elected to countywide office, Shore is no stranger to this fact. Prior to her election, the district did not offer domestic partner health benefits. When she asked why the benefits had not been offered, Shore recalls being told, "Nobody asked."

"I'm confident we'll see the appointments," Shore said. "Having people in the positions where policies are set and the budget is made, having a seat at that table, is vital not only on behalf of our community, but because we will ask the questions and advocate for not only the members of our community, but for others throughout Chicago who are discriminated against."

Regarding the project, a Rahm Emanuel campaign spokesperson said, "If he has the privilege of serving as mayor, Rahm would ensure that both the mayor's staff and department leadership are reflective of the diversity in the city."

Other candidates asked by Windy City Times to comment on the Chicago Appointments Project did not respond by the press deadline. In their responses to the LGBT community coalition's mayoral questionnaire, however, several other candidates indicated they were also in favor of including openly LGBT people in their administrative hiring.

Interested applicants can visit www.eqil.org/appointments.html to learn more about the project or submit their resumes. All information submitted, according to organizers, will be confidential and shared only with the project team.


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg 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.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Harris, Steans talk legislative session over coffee 2019-08-22
Powerful AIDS group may be examined for use of federal funds 2019-08-21
HRC releases HEI; 16 Illinois hospitals cited as leaders 2019-08-21
Equality Illinois looks ahead with more diverse board 2019-08-21
Michael Bauer reflects on a life of activism 2019-08-21
WORLD Fleeing Russia, Cuban activist, UNAIDS, Magnum ad 2019-08-21
Pritzker bolsters Illinois Human Rights Act 2019-08-20
Mayor of Canada's capital comes out 2019-08-18
Reports say Schock may be stepping out of closet 2019-08-16
Log Cabins endorse Trump for 2020 election 2019-08-16
New HRC president to go on national tour 2019-08-15
Biden, Castro, Sestak, Williamson to speak at LGBTQ presidential forum 2019-08-14
Dorothy Brown not running for re-election 2019-08-14
WORLD Beijing couple, Dutch man attacked, Ecuador murder 2019-08-13
Gay Chicago resident alleges discrimination by city employee 2019-08-11
Gov. Pritzer signs pro-LGBTQ measures 2019-08-10
Equality Illinois to honor Foxx and Flores at Fahrenheit 2019-08-09
Illinois Legislation to Advance Equity for LGBTQ Older Adults Approved by Gov. Pritzker 2019-08-09
Governor signs bill aimed at 'changing culture' in workplace 2019-08-09
Pelosi to speak at Springfield brunch 2019-08-07
Sen. Tom Cullerton replaced as Labor Committee chair 2019-08-06
WORLD Tel Aviv stabbing, Gay Star News ends, LGBT issues in Poland 2019-08-06
NATIONAL Consent decree, Lyft, AOC, priest, Univ. of Michigan 2019-08-06
Immigration activist reflects on long road to the United States 2019-08-02
'Trailblazer" confirmed to federal district bench in Illinois 2019-08-02
Feds: State senator collected pay and benefits for "little or no work" 2019-08-02
WORLD Intersex survey, Russian activist, Polish publication 2019-07-30
NATIONAL Citizenship case, anti-LGBTQ companies, Buttigieg, gay bars 2019-07-30
Cook County funds moms, pregnant women in jail 2019-07-30
Pritzker signs restroom signage bill 2019-07-27
Microsoft reevaluates political contributions, Zero for Zeros campaign responds 2019-07-25
Puerto Rico governor to resign Aug. 2 2019-07-25
Puerto Rico governor now expected to resign 2019-07-24
Volumes of racism, xenophobia on blast 2019-07-24
WORLD Russia items, Northern Ireland reform, Malaysia police 2019-07-24
NATIONAL Torres' run, tribe OKs marriage, Bernie Sanders, Netflix 2019-07-24
MUSIC Queer musician Bitch on Pride, politics and musical hiatus 2019-07-23
Puerto Rico guv won't resign but won't run for re-election either 2019-07-22
Race Riot anniversary to be marked July 27 2019-07-21
Fahrenheit award reception Aug. 23 2019-07-21
 



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.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



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      Submit 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.