EI PAC Endorses Chicago’s 5 LGBTQ Incumbent Aldermen for Re-election


Aldermen Cappleman, Lopez, Mell, Ramirez-Rosa, and Tunney constitute the Chicago City Council’s LGBT Caucus

(December 21, 2019)

CHICAGO–Highlighting the importance of LGBTQ representation in local government, the Equality Illinois PAC endorsed the five LGBTQ incumbent aldermen of the Chicago City Council, the political action committee announced Friday. Endorsed are Aldermen Raymond Lopez (15th Ward), Deb Mell (33rd Ward), Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th Ward), Tom Tunney (44th Ward) and James Cappleman (46th Ward).

“We are proud to endorse Aldermen Cappleman, Lopez, Mell, Ramirez-Rosa, and Tunney – the five LGBTQ incumbent aldermen of the Chicago City Council’s LGBT Caucus,” said John Litchfield, Chair of the Equality Illinois PAC. “These aldermen have been leaders in the effort to ensure Chicago not only stays a welcoming and affirming city for LGBTQ people but also keeps moving forward despite the attacks on LGBTQ equality by the Trump Administration.”

The five aldermen have led on ensuring full and equal access for transgender people to places of public accommodations through their sponsorship of the Chicago Equal Access Ordinance in 2016. They have also challenged the Trump Administration’s anti-trans agenda by opposing the President’s ban on military service by brave and courageous transgender people and the recent policy proposal to erase transgender people from federal civil rights protections.

“Their leadership demonstrates to us that representation matters at all levels of government,” Litchfield said.

The Equality Illinois PAC is the only statewide political action committee dedicated to securing the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Illinoisans through engagement in the electoral process. Endorsements are based on a candidate’s record in office and responses submitted on the Equality Illinois PAC’s candidate survey.