There is an update on Mona Noriega, the veteran Chicago Latina lesbian activist who was being considered for a vacant Chicago City Council post. Noriega would have become Chicago's first openly lesbian alderman.
On Tuesday, Mayor Richard M. Daley announced his picks for filling two vacant aldermanic slots. Noriega was not tapped to fill the 1st Ward post on Chicago's near Northwest Side, reports Windy City Times.
Noriega thanked the mayor and her supporters: "While Mayor Daley has often recognized the contributions of the LGBT community and the importance of diversity, this effort to have a seat on the City Council has not been successful. And although this attempt has been unsuccessful the process helps us have a larger vision of who can or should participate in government."
Noriega also says she may challenge the appointee in 2011, when Daley and the City Council run for re-election.
In related news: Elizabeth A. Kelly, Ph.D., has been appointed the new chairperson of City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations' Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. Kelly is professor of women's and gender studies at DePaul University, where she has taught since 1992. Kelly has been a member of the ACLGBTI since 2006.