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Mayoral Candidate Toni Preckwinkle Releases LGBTQ Platform Leads with Commitment to Transgender Inclusivity

Press Release
Jan 25 2019

The platform focuses on a safe, equitable, healthy vision that invests in the LGBTQ community

Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle announces the release of her LGBTQ platform that focuses on justice and inclusion for transgender Chicagoans, equity for all LGBTQ people in every neighborhood, and investing in community programs to eliminate new HIV infections by 2030.

Toni’s platform leads with a slate of commitments to address transgender disparities: She will work with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and the proposed Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to prioritize the many unsolved murders of transgender women of color in Chicago and designate the cases as suspected hate crimes. She’s also committed to reforming the Chicago Police Department’s policy on interactions and detainment of transgender individuals in line with proposals supported by the ACLU, Equality Illinois, and several other community organizations.

Toni is also committed to holding city government and contractors to higher standards regarding transgender cultural competency, health care coverage and anti-discrimination policies. She also plans to direct agencies to address the alarming discrimination, HIV, unemployment, and suicide rates in the transgender community.

Preckwinkle’s LGBTQ platform also has a strong focus on equitable distribution of city resources for LGBTQ and HIV programs. One of Preckwinkle’s first acts as mayor will be to create a city-wide (including sister agencies) commission tasked with building a strategic plan to equitably and comprehensively address the needs of LGBTQ Chicagoans, regardless of the neighborhood in which they reside.

“When we talk about safety in Chicago, we have to talk about the safety of our trans community,“ said mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle. “The trans community has been a main target of the Trump administration and as mayor, my focus will be to ensure that they are safe, respected and part of Chicago’s fabric.”

The health and wellness of the LGBTQ community will also be a top priority for a Preckwinkle Administration. As mayor, Toni will champion the Getting to Zero program with a goal to eliminate new HIV infections by 2030 through expanded HIV testing, treatment, and prevention options. She will also work with the Chicago Department of Public Health and local health and hospital systems to increase health care providers’ LGBTQ health and cultural competency.