The Chicago City Council is set to see its first Gay Caucus in the city's history.
Openly gay Alds. Raymond Lopez (15th), Deb Mell (33rd), Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), Tom Tunney (44th) and James Cappleman (46th) are expected to form the council's first Gay Caucus once the new Chicago City Council is sworn in next month, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Ramirez-Rosa and Lopez are new to the council, winning their respective seats for the first time in the February and April municipal elections.
"The influence of the LGBT community is now South Side, North, Northwest. I mean, that's pretty amazing. It's not just a North Side or a Lake View issue. To me, that's as satisfying. That's what's reflective in the nature of the council," Tunney, Chicago's first openly gay alderman, told the newspaper. He was appointed to the council back in 2002 by then-Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Once formed, the Gay Caucus might focus on efforts to strengthen anti-bullying policies in schools and prevent police profiling of transgender people, among other items.