Staff Writer cityXtra Magazine
"The end of one era and the beginning of another." The first entirely LGBT city council in the U.S. was sworn in on Wednesday evening in Palm Springs at a standing-room only ceremony in City Hall.
Lisa Middleton, the first trans person elected to a non-judicial office in California, was inducted at City Hall, along with bisexual attorney Christy Holstege. The two were part of a historic Election Day last month that saw a record number of LGBT politicians voted into state and local offices.
Middleton receiving 30.9% of the vote and Holstege 30.08%. The next closest finisher, Henry Hampton, received only 13.08% percent of the vote. They replace longtime council members Ginny Foat and Chris Mills, who both declined to seek re-election.
“The end of one era, and the beginning of another—the all-LGBT era,” wrote Tony Mataras. “Congratulations, Councilmembers Middletonand Holstege. Thank you, Councilmembers Foat and Mills.”
“The kind of actions that made my election possible took place over the last 15 to 20 years in this city,” Middleton said after the ceremony. “I am thrilled to have an opportunity to represent Palm Springs and Palm Springs values throughout this state and throughout this country.”