Monday, May 27, 2024

Record number of LGBTQ+ candidates elected to Chicago City Council

Three LGBTQ+ Chicago City Council candidates have won runoff elections: Timmy Knudsen, Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth and Lamont Robinson¸ all three of whom Victory Fund endorsed, as history has been made again!

Manaa-Hoppenworth is now the first out LGBTQ+ Asian-American person elected to the city council and Robinson is the first out LGBTQ+ Black man elected to the city council. With tonight’s wins, LGBTQ+ representation on the Chicago City Council will increase from seven to nine, a historic number.

Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ+ Victory Fund, released the following statement:

“Tonight’s wins make it clear that Chicago will remain a national leader for LGBTQ+ rights and that at the end of the day, Chicagoans saw through anti-LGBTQ dog whistles and chose exceptional LGBTQ+ leaders because of their qualifications, positive visions for the city and deeply rooted community support. We are confident that under their leadership, Chicago will continue on its path towards increased equity and opportunity for all residents.”

2023 Winning LGBTQ+ City Council Candidates:

Jessie Fuentes
Maria Hadden
Timmy Knudsen
Bennett Lawson
Ray Lopez
Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa
Lamont Robinson
Rosanna Rodriguez

More information about Victory Fund’s endorsed candidates is available at  

LGBTQ+ Victory Fund 

LGBTQ+ Victory Fund works to achieve and sustain equality by increasing the number of out LGBTQ+ elected officials at all levels of government while ensuring they reflect the diversity of those they serve. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of LGBTQ+ candidates win local, state and federal elections.

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