Garcia releases LGBT issues platform

Mon. February 9, 2015 10:05 AM by Windy City Media Group

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Chicago, IL - Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, among the challengers looking to unseat incumbent Rahm Emanuel in the Feb 24 election, released an extensive platform documenting his positions on LGBT issues on Feb. 9.

Among those issues addressed in the platform are LGBT participation in city affairs; LGBT seniors, youth and veterans; HIV/AIDS; and challenges facing the transgender community.

In as statement preceding the platform, Garcia said, "I have been a steadfast supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities throughout my 30 years of public life, even when it was not politically expedient. I will be a Mayor for all of Chicago, and the LGBTQ community will be an important part of my coalition.

"I strongly believe in full equality under the law for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. I support marriage equality as a Constitutional right. As an elected official, I was an early supporter of laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. I also believe in aggressively enforcing the laws protecting LGBTQ rights."

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