Back on February 27th I wrote a post about how Ms. Lori Lightfoot was what hope looked like.
That hope has now turned into reality and i couldn't be more proud of the city that I consider to be my "adopted home town" (I was born a couple of hours from there, but most of my family lives there and I spent most of my happiest times of my youth at my nonna's house on Chicago's South Side).
Part of what makes me proud of her election is that she beat the snot out of the well entrenched candidate she was running against (with a 73.7% majority).
The second part that makes me proud is the headline in yesterday's Chicago Tribune:
Lori Lightfoot elected Chicago mayor, making her the first African-American woman to lead the city
I'm delighted that they noted that she was both African-American (because having a POC as Chicago's Mayor is important) and that she is a woman (because a woman winning is a rarity in Chicago politics).
What equally delights me is that they did NOT feel the need to highlight that she is a lesbian because her orientation is what she is, not who she is.
So, congratulation, Ms. Lightfoot. You earned your bully pulpit and I sincerely hope you use it well to change the city we both consider to be our adopted home town.
(I do find it cute, however, that she only comes up to her wife's chin. LOL)