One of the nation’s most gay-friendly mayors, Richard M. Daley, announced he will not be running for re-election in 2011 after a 21-year career as mayor of Chicago.
“Simply put, it’s time,” Daley said during a City Hall news conference. “Time for me, it’s time for Chicago to move on.”
I’m sure everyone would agree that he should wait a few years before stepping down, as there is a definite need for LGBT advocates in political positions.
“Chicago is arguably now the best city in America for gay people, and the name Richard M. Daley is near the top of the reasons why.” said Equality Illinois co-founder Art Johnston.
Without Daley in office, historic accomplishments in the LGBT community of Chicago would not have been accomplished, including the expansion of Chicago human rights legislation to include protection from gender identity, instituting domestic partnership benefits for city employees, and creation the Office of LGBT Health in the city Department of Health.
Daley’s commitment is certainly unique and hopefully his dedication and willingness to support the LGBT community will be passed onto his successor as well as to other political figures throughout the country.
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