We are mistaken if we think this is just about Tracy Morgan. Tragically, from my vantage point of working with thousands of LGBT youths who have experienced family rejection, he made a joke out of an everyday reality.
When women are safe, healthy and financially secure, they lead strong families and thriving communities. That's why, as the new mayor sets his or her agenda, the 1.6 million women and girls in Chicago must be a key part of it.
Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.
Despite a groundswell of support from the public to stop young people from taking their lives, the ongoing sanctioning by our government of lesser treatment for gay people is clearly missing from the dialogue.
We, as fellow human beings, and especially as people of faith, must end this loss of precious life and step up to the challenge to fully welcome and shelter all our children -- no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.