6th Ward Evanston Alderman Mark Tendam is gay - and no one cares! And if you can believe it, none of his opponents in this years contest even brought it up. Acceptance is coming to the North Shore via Evanston and it's great to see.
An article over at the Chicago Tribune by Georgia Garvey gives an insight into acceptance of LGBT politicans and how constiuents are increasingly more concerned about what an elected official will do versus who they do, it is definitely a step in the right direction.
Even though this is showing that more and more people are less and less concerned about what we do in the bedroom and more concerned about who we are as people, there's still lots of work to do.
Harvey Milk was the first, openly gay elected official in 1978, and since then it's being reported that there are more than 440 out gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals that hold public office. 17 of those are in Illinois, and includes our State Representative Greg Harris. By the way, you should be following Greg on Facebook as he shares a lot of information about what he is doing and even updates his status from the House floor.
But the question really is, what are you doing to help move along the rights of the LGBT community? Are you planning on going to the National Equality March in Washington DC on October 11th? I am, and I can't wait to join my queer brothers and sisters from around the country to show that we're not second class citizens.
Join the Impact Chicago is organizing bus transportation to Washington and it's going be amazing to drive across this country with my fellow queers to march on Washington. I went to the JTIC meeting last night and they have filled one bus and have put a down payment on a second bus and hope to get up to three buses.
It's a great deal if you think about it, for $100 you get round-trip bus transportation between Chicago and Washington DC and you'll have the opportunity to brag to your friends and family that you went to Washington.
Bus tckets are only sale until October 1st - which is next week! Come on - get on the bus! Tickets are only sale until October 1st - which is next week!