When the James Beard Foundation announced that it would hold its 2015 Restaurant and Chef Awards in the city of Chicago last month, the press conference put Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chef Art Smith in the same room. Upon hearing that Art and his husband Jesus Salgueiro were planning on adopting the four siblings they’re currently fostering (ranging in age from 5 to 11 years old), Rahm asked if he could do anything for Art’s growing family.
His request was simple: a day honoring LGBT parents to recognize the strife queer couples face in adopting. So, Emanuel declared June 20th Parents Equality Day in Chicago with the following proclamation:
“Every child deserves to grow up in a loving home with parents who teach them the values of compassion, diversity, celebrating differences, and treating everyone with respect…No parent regardless of who they love, should ever be treated as second class citizens in a society that was founded on the fundamental principal of equality for everyone under the law.”
Let the record show: making bangin’ fried chicken WILL gain you political favor.
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