Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez ( 33rd Ward ) came out as queer on a twitter post late June 21, making her the sixth member of the LGBTQ community on the Chicago City Council.
Rodriguez-Sanchez wrote, "Hi community. It's summer Solstice and Pride Month so I wanted to say I'm queer and have that take some space."
In 2019, Rodriquez-Sanchez defeated her opponent, incumbent Deb Mell, who is openly gay and was a longtime political player.
Other LGBTQ council members include Alds. Raymond Lopez ( 15th ), Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th ), Tom Tunney ( 44th ), James Cappleman ( 46th ) and Maria Hadden ( 49th ).
Ramirez-Rosa replied to Rodriguez-Sanchez's post with affectionate emojis to offer his congratulations, to which she replied, "But you knew that LOL."
The 33rd Ward is made up of areas within the Albany Park, Ravenswood Manor, Irving Park and Avondale neighborhoods.