Philadelphia is the only major U.S. city (top 20) to have never elected an out LGBTQ+ person to city council
Washington, DC – Tonight LGBTQ+ Victory Fund candidate Rue Landau advanced in the primary election for Philadelphia City Council, At-Large. If elected, she would be the first out LGBTQ+ person ever elected to the Philadelphia City Council. Philadelphia is the only major U.S. city to have never elected an out LGBTQ+ person to city council.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ+ Victory Fund, released the following statement:
“Philadelphia is home to a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, yet we have never had representation on city council. It is imperative we challenge the status quo and get a seat at the table. Rue is an experienced community leader and tonight’s results make clear that voters are excited about her historic campaign and vision for the city. We are confident her commitment to creating a more equitable city that works for all Philadelphians will make her an exceptional leader on city council. Her success is also a clear rebuke to escalating anti-LGBTQ rhetoric sweeping our nation, including in Pennsylvania.”
LGBTQ+ Victory Fund
LGBTQ+ Victory Fund works to achieve and sustain equality by increasing the number of out LGBTQ+ elected officials at all levels of government while ensuring they reflect the diversity of those they serve. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of LGBTQ+ candidates win local, state and federal elections.