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Californian city will have an entirely LGBTI City Council

Californian city will have an entirely LGBTI City Council

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The Californian city of Palm Springs now has an entirely LGBTI according to Equality California.

Palm Springs City Council elected two new members on Tuesday.

Lisa Middleton is the first trans person in California to get elected to a non-judicial office.

Joining her will be Christy Holstege.

Holstege is bisexual.

The new City Council will consist of a trans woman, a bisexual woman, and two gay men. The city also has an openly gay mayor.

Geoff Kors and J.R. Roberts are the two gay council members.

Robert Moon is the Mayor of Palm Springs.

This is believed to be the first time the city will have an entirely LGBTI city council

This new council will begin in December.

Middleton told ABC7: ‘It makes me incredibly proud of my city. I was judged in this city by the content of my character, by the work that I’ve done in this community,

‘We’re going to have a progressive city council, one that is focused on the future, one that is a problem-solving city council.’

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‘Representation matters’

The LGBTI community is embraced in Palm Springs.

The city received 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

J.R. Roberts joined the city council in 2015.

He told Bustle: ‘We lead the country in LGBTQ rights and anti-discrimination for all people,

‘It’s one of my main reasons for serving here and something I am most proud of … Many of our policies and ordinances have become models for other cities.  I am very proud of that.’

Roberts also said the all-LGBTI council is ‘nice but not that significant.’

Palm Springs hosts The Dinah Weekend every year, ‘the biggest girl party music festival in the world.’

Equality California executive director Rick Zbur released a statement on Tuesday night.

He told Refinery29: ‘With the election of Lisa Middleton and Christy Holstege, the city of Palm Springs will now be represented by a city council that is 100% LGBTQ,

‘At Equality California, we know that representation matters. That’s why we endorse and work to elect highly qualified LGBTQ candidates at the local level.’

J.R. Roberts joined the city council in 2015.

He told Bustle the all-LGBTI council is ‘nice but not that significant.’