Palm Springs City Council LGBT Inclusive

Palm Springs city council entirely LGBT

Who would have thought ten years ago that some day, an entire city council would ever be made up of individuals who identify as LGBT?

Well welcome to the 21st century as this is exactly what has just happened in the state of California, more notably in the city of Palm Springs.

The city council, already consisted of numerous members who identify has LGBT, including the Mayor Robert Moon, who has been with his husband and partner for 35 years, Councilman Geoff Kors, whose husband is a Palm Springs Unified School Board member, and Councilman J.R. Roberts, who is a single gay man.

First All LGBT City Council

Coming onboard are two fresh new faces, both of whom identify as LGBT.

Lisa Middleton and Christy Holstege were sworn in during Wednesday evenings’ city council meeting, and they will be replacing Ginny Foat and Chris Mills, who both announced earlier this year that they would not be running for re-election.

“I want to thank you for allowing me the privilege to represent you for the last 16 years and in the future, we need to continue to look for leaders in our community. Have a passion to lead this city to greater things for all of us,” Mills said.

Foat had a bit of advice for the incoming new council members: “I wish you my best and despite all the accomplishments, we have left you a lot to do and to the residents of this city that you for the 14 years of your advice, your truth, and your support thank you,” Foat said.

During the election last month, both Middleton and Holstege won easily, thus paving the way for Wednesdays’ hostoric swaring in ceremony.

Middleton received 30.9 percent of the vote, and Holstege received 30.08 percent.

Middleton is the former senior vice president of internal affairs for the State Compensation Insurance Fund and is now the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California,

She stated that her victory will hopefully send a message to President Trump whose administration has supported anti-LGBT legislation on both the federal as well as state levels.

“The current administration has done a remarkably successful job of energizing Democrats, progressives and other thoughtful people across the country to stand up in opposition to the regressive policies of Trump’s administration,” Middleton told Newsweek.

” The actions that made my election possible took place over the last 15-20 years in this city,” Middleton said, according to KESQ. “I am thrilled to have an opportunity to represent Palm Springs and Palm Springs values throughout this state and throughout this country.”

Holstege, is an attorney by trade: “I’m excited and ready to work for the people,” Holstege said after her swearing-in ceremony, according to the Desert Sun. “I will not breach that trust you’ve invested in me.”

She added that the fact that Palm Springs voted in favor of LGBT candidates is a sure sign that the city is embracing their progressive values.

“Lisa and I ran on being positive and forward-thinking and really talking about the issues and hope and change for a better Palm Springs,” Holstege said in an interview with The Desert Sun.

“There’s been a shift in Palm Springs from a red city to a purple city and now to a blue city.”

Middleton states that she will be focusing on the city budget, and pursuing updates that are necessary for the city general plan and zoning codes.

Holstege states that her focus will be on reducing the amount of homeless people by working with city officials to improve housing

“It takes a diverse voice,” Holstege told KESQ-TV. “I work to make a living in Palm Springs. I want to raise kids here, and I think that’s important. I have to represent all of us, each and every one of us who lives in Palm Springs and I’m really looking forward to build a Palm Springs that works for all of us.”

Alex Nespeca

Alex Nespeca

<span style="font-weight: 400">Alex Nespeca was born and raised in Tampa.  Alex has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for Tribune Media,  the AP and MSNBC. As a journalist for Florida Daily Chronicle, Alex mostly covers community events and human interest stories.  </span>