“Today, you did more than make history...”

Back on February 27th I wrote a post about how Ms. Lori Lightfoot was what hope looked like.

http://oursalon.ning.com/profiles/blogs/what-hope-looks-like

Lightfoot speaks at her election night party

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).

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/elections/ct-met-viz-c...

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

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/elections/ct-met-chica...

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)

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Comment by Ron Powell on April 3, 2019 at 8:25am

I'm happy for both of you, Chicago, and the country...

It will be great for everyone if she hits the ground running and exceeds expectations on her way into the history books...

Comment by Anna Herrington on April 3, 2019 at 9:14am

I was really glad to see Ms. Lightfoot win. So glad also to see gay and lesbian couples beginning to be treated normally in the press.

I remember so distinctly walking behind my sister and her girlfriend (later, wife) when they walked out of Fanueil Hall and immediately moved apart and made sure their hands weren't touching as they were now 'in public.' The saddest, loneliest realization of my sister's reality (then) washed over me...

aka:  You seem to only like to show up here to provoke, lately... 

Seems to me only a good thing to share that the press isn't so focused on orientation - *a good thing* - as is the relief when one of 'your own' is treated well by the media. Would you want all your life achievements only to be couched by who you're attracted to, all in the mainstream media? Would be insufferably narrow and annoying, not to mention insulting, to me.

Personally, I'd want to wear a shirt incessantly when on camera that said: "I am so much more than who I fuck/love/sleep with."

...and it's kind of a big deal that the media isn't focusing so intently these days where they *always* used to, it seems, re orientation... I'd want to share that here, too.

Comment by alsoknownas on April 3, 2019 at 10:29am

Anna,

I am completely fed up with several posters who I believe destroyed the site. I'll say so when I wish to say so.

Comment by Anna Herrington on April 3, 2019 at 12:18pm

Aka, I hear you. I *can* come across as school marm-ish - to my own chagrin sometimes - but I am also not so great at not calling it like I see it, either. and I will use my own freedom of speech as I see fit, too, as far as your private message goes.

I get fed up with online negativity, too, no matter who it's from.

And if someone/anyone is reaching out with a non-negative post, I support the effort wholeheartedly.

... 

I'm thrilled Lori Lightfoot is now mayor of Chicago. Finally! Woot!

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 3, 2019 at 12:20pm

"I'll say so when I wish to say so."

Not here you won't, AKA.  Not here...  not today...

As much as your bitter, hateful ass wants to take away any joy your perceived "lessers" might try to have, it won't work today.  Now shoo...

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on April 3, 2019 at 12:23pm

P.S.  Sorry your normal "behind the scenes backstabbing" didn't work, AKA.  I'm sure it won't be the last time you smear your shit via PM, but I'm glad Anna didn't let your stink settle in.

Comment by Ron Powell on April 3, 2019 at 12:23pm

"aka:  You seem to only like to show up here to provoke, lately..."

Anna, he got his ass waxed on his 'Jussie Smollett' post so thoroughly that he took it and the comments down...

Comment by Anna Herrington on April 3, 2019 at 12:45pm

Amy, I'm not really into the PM thing, but just to clarify, he wasn't smearing you in the background, just letting me know he's got a grandmother, mom and wife and didn't need me talking at him as well. I figure I have a right to comment online where I see fit, too.

...although just guessing with three generations of women who care about you then there must be/must have been lots of wisdom getting spouted - I'd consider myself lucky.

Comment by Robert B. James on April 3, 2019 at 10:05pm

Lightfoot is the real deal, sharp as a tack. I’m 100% impressed. She can’t do it alone, but she can get the party started. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 4, 2019 at 11:46am

All people of good will wish her and Chicago great success. My sense is that she'll be a terrific mayor. 

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