Rue Landau earns at-large seat, becomes Philadelphia’s first-ever openly LGBTQ City Council member

Rue Landau has been elected to an at-large seat, making her the first openly LGBTQ person on Philadelphia’s City Council. While she may be the first, Landau said she’ll do everything to ensure she’s not the last.

“I’ve always been interested in politics, but much more in a way of helping to resolve local issues,” Landau told WHYY News ahead of her historic victory.

Her path to City Hall began while attending the University of Delaware, where she found her passion for advocating for issues affecting her local community.

“I was out there on the frontlines making sure my university would divest their money from South Africa because of apartheid,” Landau said. “So having community demonstration for an issue of importance was always important [to me].”

  • November 8, 2023
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