Chicago Mayoral Candidates Forum on LGBT issues
A broad coalition of Chicago-area LGBTQ organizations are hosting a Chicago Mayoral Candidates Forum on LGBT issues. The Forum will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at Adler School of Professional Psychology. RSVP's are no longer being accepted, as seating is at capacity. But don't despair! the Forum will be video streamed at several satellite locations in the city through Windy City Media Group and Radio Arte's website.The Hull-House Museum is pleased to be one of the satellite locations. Please join us!
The coalition is offering the candidates the opportunity to speak directly to the LGBTQ community and to educate voters as to their vision of the office of the Mayor of Chicago with a focus on issues directly impacting LGBTQ people. Moderating the event will be Tracy Baim, publisher and executive editor at Windy City Media Group.
All the major candidates, including Gery Chico, Rahm Emanuel, Carol Moseley-Braun, Miguel del Valle, William Walls, and Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, have accepted the coalition's invitation to participate in the Forum. The coalition is coordinated by leaders from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Affinity Community Services, Amigas Latinas, the Association for Latino Men for Action, Equality Illinois and LGBT Change. The organizers' goal for this forum is to educate the community on the candidates' positions and commitments to LGBT inclusion in City Policy. This forum is the culmination of a three-month long process which included community forums held across the city of Chicago that aimed to inform and educate the community and candidates on LGBTQ concerns via issue questionnaires. Completed questionnaires, as well as additional information on the process, are available at www.eqil.org/NextMayor.html.