Carol Moseley Braun Has Informal Meeting with LGBT Leaders
January 19, 2011 -‐ -- Mayoral candidate Senator Carol Moseley Braun held an informal meeting on Tuesday, January 18 with 22 leaders from the LGBT community at the Ann Sather restaurant in the Lakeview Neighborhood. The group represented a diverse cross-section of LGBT leadership.
The conversational give-and-take included representatives from Amigas Latinas; Affinity; Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus; Windy City Black Pride; Howard Brown Health Center; Lambda Legal; The LGBT Committee of the Chicago Teacher’s Union; LGBT Change; The Civil Rights Agenda; and The CORE Center.
“No single person has all the answers,” said Senator Moseley Braun. “That’s why it’s vital to get into every community, every neighborhood, and listen to the people who are in the trenches. This morning’s breakfast was a success because there was an abundance of ideas and suggestions. I walked away with insights and policy initiatives that I wouldn’t get sitting behind a desk.”
Senator Moseley Braun has long enjoyed strong support among Chicago’s LGBT community. She worked alongside Mayor Harold Washington in creating the city’s first Gay and Lesbian Committee -- which later evolved into the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Council -- and fought for the passage of Chicago’s 1988 Gay and Lesbian Non-discrimination Act. Moseley Braun was the first U. S. Senator in our Nation’s history to appoint an LGBT liaison for her constituency.
With her deep commitment to LGBT rights, Moseley Braun opposed her own party, President Clinton, and his advisors by being one of only twelve U. S. Senators to vote against DADT (“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell), and one of only fourteen to vote against DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act). In 2007 she was inducted into the City of Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.
Senator Moseley Braun will continue her outreach with various groups and communities with the goal of establishing a dialogue about solving the city’s most pressing challenges.