Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01



LGBT-procurement goals make up main part of MWRD meeting
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times

This article shared 3404 times since Wed Feb 19, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's ( MWRD's ) Committee on Affirmative Action held an informational study session on LGBT procurement goals and other pending issues Feb. 6 at MWRD's headquarters.

MWRD Vice President Barbara J. McGowan presided over the packed proceedings, which included a presentation by attorney/consultant Colette Holt. All nine commissioners—MWRD President Kari K. Steele, McGowan, Frank Avila, Cameron Davis, Kimberly Neely Du Buclet, Marcelino Garcia, Josina Morita, Debra Shore and Mariyana T. Spyropoulos—were in attendance. ( Shore and Garcia are members of the LGBTQ community. )

The meeting was the result of six months of work by Garcia and Shore to have LGBT-owned companies added under the minority-owned umbrella for district contract considerations.

In terms of LGBT programs, Holt said there is a disagreement over what the legal standards of classification are. She said this has been complicated due to the fact that the Obama administration viewed sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination as sex discrimination whereas the Trump administration disagrees. Holt added that there is a pending U.S. Supreme Court Title VII case that deals with this very question.

Holt outlined the kinds of certification issues LGBT-owned companies will have to grapple with, including what type of proof they will have to provide, especially for transgender people, and the equal-protection issues since people of color have to provide proof of their race to qualify.

As for data-collection issues, Holt said that to do any type of disparity analysis, information has to be gathered regarding people's sexual orientation and/or gender identities on vendor applications, bidders lists and other documents—an issue he said concerns agencies across the country.

Morita asked how MWRD and other agencies verify a person's race or sex. Holt said it could be their birth certificate or driver's license, among other documentation.

Shore asked Holt if, in her opinion, there are any initiatives at other agencies or municipalities that are exemplars in the effort to increase participation, outreach and data collection for all minority communities and women —to which Holt said no.

Garcia said LGBT-procurement goals are very important to him because "discrimination is discrimination." He added that if one minority group is targeted for discrimination, others will be, as well.

"In places where people are free to be who they are, they should be leaders in making sure people feel welcome and protections are extended to them," said Garcia, who added that one organization that is at the forefront of this issue is the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

During public comments one audience member, construction company owner Tamika Holt, took issue with the LGBT-procurement focus of the meeting, saying Black people are last on 16 economic indicators and still face discrimination.

Taj Development Company Inc. CEO Roxanna Daniel countered what Holt said, stating that, as a Black lesbian, she is especially discriminated against by Black firms because of her sexual orientation. She said the best way to figure out how to proceed with these LGBT-procurement goals is to go to places where that community gathers and get feedback. Daniel also offered her services to MWRD.

LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois Director Jerome' Holston spoke about the work the chamber has done to certify LGBT-owned businesses over the years and that there have been no issues with their verification process. He added that the LGBTCC looked forward to partnering with MWRD in this effort.

Sustainable Systems LLC Environmental Engineer and Managing Member Sharon Waller offered some solutions that she said would benefit all disadvantaged communities, such as using electronic-procurement forms that would also be ecologically sound, giving out smaller contracts and utilizing a mentoring program.

Garcia spoke about the MWRD Affirmative Action Ordinance Draft Appendix O that he has been working on with Shore to expand opportunities to engage all groups where discrimination is prohibited by district statutes, including LGBT people.

The ordinance's purpose is "to encourage participation in MWRD prime contracts and associated subcontract—including, but not limited to, contracts and subcontracts for construction, professional services, goods and general services—for businesses owned by members of protected categories not currently eligible for utilization goals under MWRD Affirmative Action Appendices A, C, D, V or K and to gather information to guide future policy decisions aimed at minimizing barriers for these business owners."

Shore said this ordinance is not seeking to establish any numerical or participation goals or change the MWRD affirmative action ordinance. She called on everyone to look at the purpose of the ordinance—which she said is to be as inclusionary as possible.

Garcia asked MWRD Executive Director Brian Perkovich to have appropriate staff review and propose modifications to the appendix and have it put on the agenda for the next meeting on Feb. 20.

Among the other topics of discussion were minority, women-owned ( M/WBE ) and small business program legal standards that MWRD uses; pending cases across the country; trending issues; contract goal setting; how to include participation goals in furnish and deliver contracts; indirect M/WBE participation in district contracts; and intergovernmental agreements.

This article shared 3404 times since Wed Feb 19, 2020
facebook twitter pin it 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.


Gay News

Chicago's holiday cultural and arts events to reopen for in-person
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced DCASE fall and holiday programming as Chicago's vital arts scene continues to safely and fully reopen. In-person holiday ...

Gay News

Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson on new book, 'Our Fair Share'
In Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson's new book, Our Fair Share: How One Small Change Can Create a More Equitable American Economy, he posits that receiving a Citizen Dividend will help all U.S. residents achieve ...

Gay News

America250 to host LGBTQ+ Community Conversation Webinar Sept. 23
--From a press release - Washington, D.C. —America250, the nationwide commemoration of America's 250th anniversary in 2026 led by the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, will host its next Community Conversation on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 4 pm ET. Members of the LGBTQ+ ...

Gay News

LGBTQ blood donation discrimination assessed, PULSE shootings cited
--From a press release - Chicago, Ill. — Last week, Reps. Mike Quigley (IL-05), Val B. Demings (FL-10), Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Adam B. Schiff (CA-28), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Ritchie Torres (NY-15) received a ...

Gay News

Equality Illinois 'deeply troubled' by investigation into pro-LGBTQ teacher
Equality Illinois issued a press release stating it is "deeply troubled" after a DuPage County teacher is being investigated for posts about LGBTQ history and racial justice. The videos, which were reposted to Twitter in early ...

Gay News

Chicago Ald. Cappleman attacked
On the night of Sept. 18, Chicago Ald. James Cappleman was attacked in the Uptown area of the city, The Chicago Tribune reported. Cappleman, in charge of the 46th Ward, is one of five members of ...

Gay News

WORLD Germany's compensation, Lyra McKee, LGBTQ Afghans, tennis player
Germany has compensated almost 250 people who were prosecuted or investigated under a Nazi-era law criminalizing homosexuality, according to euronews. By September, 317 people had applied for compensation for their ...

Gay News

Patrick J. Kennedy to receive award from Trilogy at virtual gala
Chicago-based Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare will present its Partner in Recovery Award to The Kennedy Forum founder, mental-health advocate and former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy as a part of its virtual 50th-anniversary gala on Thursday, Oct. 21. ...

Gay News

Polis marriage marks first same-sex wedding of sitting governor
On Sept. 15, Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis wed longtime partner Marlon Reis—marking the first same-sex marriage of a sitting U.S. governor, NPR reported. Polis keeps making history. In 2018, Polis became the first openly gay ...

Gay News

Hastert settles sexual-abuse lawsuit
Days before a trial was set to begin, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert reached a tentative settlement in a hush-money lawsuit filed by a man whose decades-old sexual-abuse allegations led to the politician's downfall six ...

Gay News

Now, only five of Chicago's 50 aldermen reject automatic pay raises
Forty-five out of 50 Chicago aldermen have opted to accept a 5.5% pay increase in 2022 that will push the highest paid among them to an annual salary of more than $130,000, according to The Chicago Tribune. ...

Gay News

Chicago alderman apologizes for 'offensive words'
Jim Gardiner, alderman of Chicago's 45th Ward, apologized during the Sept. 14 Chicago City Council meeting for his "offensive words" but said he "never acted on any of those rants" in which he appeared to call ...

Gay News

Christkindlmarket marking 25th anniversary; will return to Daley Plaza and Wrigleyville
--From a press release - (CHICAGO, IL)-(September 15, 2021)-The Christkindlmarket Chicago celebrates its 25th anniversary and will be back in-person as well as online in 2021! Visitors can enjoy their most beloved holiday tradition at two locations this season: ...

Gay News

Gov. Pritzker signs transformative energy legislation for Illinois
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Delivering on principles previously laid out, Governor JB Pritzker signed landmark legislation into law that puts the state on a path toward 100% clean energy, invests in training a diverse workforce for the jobs ...

Gay News

Gavin Newsom wins Calif. recall election
On Sept. 14, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated a GOP-backed effort to remove him from office, media outlets reported. Speaking from Sacramento, Newsom thanked Californians for rejecting the recall effort, according to He also ...


Copyright © 2021 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.








About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

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.