Mayor Richard M. Daley's surprise announcement not to seek re-election in 2011 ends his 21-year career as one of the nation's most gay-friendly mayors.
"Mayor Daley's support of our LGBT communities has been nothing short of outstanding," Sidetrack co-owner and Equality Illinois co-founder Art Johnston, told ChicagoPride.com. "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."
"We should all be grateful that during his time as our Mayor he has stood in solidarity with the gay community on all of our issues," said state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago).
"All of us in the LGBT community owe Mayor Daley immense gratitude for his stalwart commitment to equality for all--including full respect for transgendered individuals, equal opportunity in housing, employment and public accommodation, and for his early and unequivocal advocacy for full marriage equality," said openly-gay state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago).