Taxi Publication Threatens To Expose ‘Secretly Gay’ Aldermen If City Doesn’t Ban Ride-Sharing

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    Mar 16, 2014 2:47 PM GMT
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    A trade newspaper for the city’s taxi industry has threatened to out five aldermen who it claims are “secretly gay,” unless the City Council bans ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft, and SideCar.

    In an editorial in The Chicago Dispatcher, publisher George Lutfallah said the trade publication “has learned that five of the city’s 50 aldermen are closeted homosexuals. In the next issue of this newspaper, set to be published early next month, we will disclose their names unless our demands are met.”
    Among a list of 10 demands, Lutfallah said he wants the city to ban ride-sharing services, and to “actively enforce” the current regulations for taxis.

    “The city is moving forward and will steamroll our industry if we don’t act in earnest. They did it to my grandfather more than a hundred years ago when they destroyed his horse-drawn-carriage business by allowing horseless machines to carry people around the city,” he wrote.
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    Mar 16, 2014 3:00 PM GMT


    At the end of the article:

    "“The ITTA and our affiliated taxi companies unequivocally condemn the piece that ran in today’s Chicago Dispatcher and the hateful message it sends. This misguided attempt at parody has no place in this discussion and demonstrates an extreme lack of judgment or sensitivity,” ITTA vice president Angela Benander said in an email. “This shameful editorial certainly does not represent the beliefs of our association, the thousands of hardworking employees in the transportation industry nor those of our valued customers.”
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    Mar 16, 2014 3:19 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    At the end of the article:

    "“The ITTA and our affiliated taxi companies unequivocally condemn the piece that ran in today’s Chicago Dispatcher and the hateful message it sends. This misguided attempt at parody has no place in this discussion and demonstrates an extreme lack of judgment or sensitivity,” ITTA vice president Angela Benander said in an email. “This shameful editorial certainly does not represent the beliefs of our association, the thousands of hardworking employees in the transportation industry nor those of our valued customers.”


    You presumably read the article. Did you think it was an attempt at parody?