Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is done at six terms.

On Tuesday, the gay-friendly mayor credited with bringing the 2006 Gay Games to the city announced he won't campaign for a seventh term, ending a 21-year run as mayor of The Second City.

“Simply put, it's time,” Daley told reporters. “Time for me, it's time for Chicago to move on.”

Daley's support for the gay community was lauded by

“In his time at City Hall, Daley, 68, has shown historic and unparalleled support for Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community,” the site wrote.

That support includes expansion of the city's anti-discrimination policy to include gender identity (transgender protections), giving the spouses of gay and lesbian city workers equal benefits, creating the Office of LGBT Health, support for a streetscaping project in the city's gay neighborhood of North Halsted (often called Boystown), and backing of the city's 60,000-square-foot LGBT community center, the Center on Halsted, which opened in 2007.

Daley appointed the first ever openly gay person, Tom Tunney, to City Council in 2002 and served as honorary co-chair of the 2006 Gay Games.

“Mayor Daley was a huge part of the success of the 2006 Gay Games,” Kevin Boyer, a spokesman for Gay Games, told “[His] commitment to the project was clearly more than just a practical one. When he participated in press conferences, events, and at both the Opening and Closing Ceremony, you could tell he was enjoying himself.”

Daley supports giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

Congressman Mike Quigley, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago, said Daley was “one of the most dedicated public servants this city has ever known.”