Candidate Lightfoot Showcases Out and Proud Leadership

CHICAGO (April 3, 2019)—Howard Brown Health, the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest, congratulates Lori Lightfoot on her historic election yesterday as the next mayor of Chicago.

With 11 community health centers across the city serving more than 35,000 patients and clients, Howard Brown paid particular attention to the public health, healthcare, and public safety positions of the wide field of candidates vying for mayor.

Candidate Lightfoot made numerous pledges to the LGBTQ community of Chicago including efforts to establish 24-hour drop-in centers to provide space for young LGBTQ people experiencing housing insecurity; implementation of LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum in Chicago Public Schools; appointment of three mayoral LGBTQ liaisons to work on the south, west, and north sides; Chicago Police Department training to prevent police profiling of transgender people; violence and hate crime prevention initiatives geared toward protecting transgender people, and thorough investigations of crimes committed against trans people; and, city support for Illinois’ Getting to Zero campaign aiming to achieve zero new HIV diagnoses by the end of the next decade.

With a depth of expertise in multiple disciplines, including medical, dental and behavioral healthcare, social and clinical sciences, patient engagement, and public health policy, Howard Brown extends its help and support to the incoming Lightfoot administration.  The organization is also grateful to the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, which supported Howard Brown’s citywide expansion, including important partnerships on the south side.

“This election is already historic because of who Lori Lightfoot is and the hope she has inspired in every ward across our great city,” said David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO of Howard Brown Health.

“Her administration has the potential to mold a better future for LGBTQ people and our allies by investing in Chicago’s diverse and under-resourced neighborhoods.  For example, we hope to see City Hall invest in long neglected city-run facilities providing essential community health and social services.  Locations like the Englewood Neighborhood Health Clinic, which houses Howard Brown Health 63rd, Miles Square Health Center, Chicago Torture Justice Center, and other tenants, are poised to serve as critical hubs for community empowerment.  Investments to make this location and others like it modern, welcoming and suitable for the hard work of community transformation can be a catalyst for change across the city,” Munar said.

Learn more about Howard Brown’s City Hall priorities as a new City Council and Mayor prepare to take office from Howard Brown’s Policy Manager Aisha Davis, Esq. who reflects on the historic election here.

Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest, providing primary and specialty healthcare, social services, and infectious disease screenings to more than 35,000 people each year. The 11 clinics span the City of Chicago, from Englewood to Rogers Park. For more information, visit howardbrown.org.

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Media Inquiries:

Casey Callich, Communications Manager, Howard Brown Health

caseyc@howardbrown.org, (desk) 773.388.1600 ext 1048