Anti-LGBTQ flyers become a part of the Chicago mayoral race

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A portion of a flyer handed out Sunday outside some churches. The flyer included an image of mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot and her wife. (Photo via the Chicago Sun-Times)

Lori Lightfoot

CHICAGO — Flyers that claimed that out Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot would enforce a “Gay Equality Act” were passed out on the south side over the weekend, according to several media outlets.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

One one side of the flyer is a picture of Lightfoot and her wife, Amy Eshelman with a sign beneath the couple that reads, “The Gay Equality Act !!! It’s our turn.”

Beneath that is a line in red print: “1st openly gay woman in City Hall.” Above the couple is another line in red that says, “The Feminist and Gay Movement Have Come Full Circle.”

The flip side of the flyer says, among other things, “ALL CONTRACTS, JOBS AND EMPLOYMENT NEWLY ASSIGNED EXCLUSIVELY TO GAY PEOPLE!”

The newspaper reported that the back of the flyer had this text: “With our people in City Hall, I promise to enforce the Gay Equality Act: All churches will abide by the gay marriage laws. All public restrooms will be gender-free. All Public Schools will teach Gay History by mandate. School Restrooms must be DE-SEGREGATED.”

For there record there is no “Gay Equality Act” in Illinois. The Equality Act introduced in Congress simply bans discrimination against LGBTQ people.

Lightfoot condemned the flyer, especially in light of the terrorist attack in New Zealand last week.

Equality Illinois, which has endorsed Lightfoot, posted their own reaction on Facebook:

“There is no room for hate in this historic election for Chicago’s next mayor. We are one city made up of many communities and a myriad of voices. What makes us great is our willingness to come together across our many differences to forge a common future. Sadly, the homophobic fliers distributed outside churches yesterday fly in the face of our shared Chicago values. There is no room for this type of divisiveness and hate in this election or in Chicago’s future.”

ABC7 Chicago reported that Lightfoot’s opponent Toni Preckwinkle condemned the flyers.

“I condemn them, they have nothing to do with our campaign. It’s disgraceful,” Preckwinkle said.

Updated with comment from Preckwinkle.



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