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Robinson sworn in as first out gay African-American state rep

Lamont Robinson (Photo from WBBM Radio)

CHICAGO — Lamont Robinson was sworn in as the first out gay African-American state representative in Illinois this past week.

He is in the seat formerly held by Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton.

From WBBM Radio:

“It matters because we need someone to be able to ring the alarm on the issues that are facing the LGBT community, particularly the African American community, as we’re talking about making sure we have quality health care in that community; that we have quality education; that we have quality housing; that if you are trans, you can get a job.  That you can make sure you can get an apartment and don’t have to be criminalized,” Robinson said.

Robinson was sworn in by Illinois Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville, who is the second African American Supreme Court justice in the state’s history.

The swearing-in was at Matthew House, a center for the homeless in the 3700 block of South Indiana.

“There have been three trans women in the Chicagoland area that have been killed, and their murders have not been solved,” Robinson said. “That’s a big issue.

“And as the first openly black (gay man) elected, that’s an issue that I can bring home and make sure I shine a light on that issue. No one else is really ringing that alarm, and we have to do something about that.”

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