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Palm Springs Residents Elect First All-LGBTQ City Council In US History

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Palm Springs Residents Elect First All-LGBTQ City Council In US History




Palm Springs, California, made history, electing the first all-LGBTQ city council in the country, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The council currently includes three gay men, with two new members — Lisa Middleton, who is a transgender woman, and Christy Holstege, who identifies as bisexual — being sworn in next month.

The Hill added:

Holstege said representation is important, but she is focused on the issues in the city.

“We really focused on local issues, we are not running because of those identities,” Holstege told the newspaper. “But it is still historic for the movement. I do think representation matters, and we should continue to be a model city for civil rights.”

Middleton concurred, saying she intends to “stick to the important issues of local municipal government.”

“None of those issues have anything to do with one’s sexuality or one’s gender identity,” she said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Earlier this month, the LGBTQ community made many political strides and historic firsts.



Virginia House of Delegates candidate Danica Roem (D) became the first openly transgender person elected to a state legislature in U.S. history, defeating one of the most notoriously anti-LGBTQ politicians in the country.

Andrea Jenkins won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first openly transgender woman of color elected to public office in the United States.

And Liliana Bakhtiari won a seat on the Atlanta City Council, becoming the first queer Muslim woman elected to public office in the United States.



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