Palm Springs all-LGBT City Council is getting ready to meet for the first time next week and its members have an agenda that will ensure that the city is a place where all are treated equally. Three gay men, a transgender woman, and a bisexual woman are taking on major new reforms for the California city.
The New York Times satirically wrote that there agenda features: “…a law preventing anti-gay discrimination, a mammoth gay community center and, in lieu of Casual Fridays, Lavender Tuesdays, when municipal employees wear festive colors and hum their favorite Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand or Madonna tunes.” The joke, though, is that the city already offers protections for the LGBT community, and that the governmental body is actually quiet subdued for being the most high-profile city where no one on the city council identifies as straight.
The members of the council hope that they won’t be known as the first all-queer city council, but want the country to look at their accomplishments.
According to the in-depth Times piece: “In the balloting on Nov. 7, the Council’s two open seats went to Lisa Middleton, 65, the first transgender person elected to any nonjudicial office in California, and Christy Holstege, 31, who identifies as bisexual. Both had more than double the votes of the third-place finisher. Middleton got the most votes of all, perhaps because she’d been endorsed not only by gay rights groups but also by police officers, firefighters, the local newspaper’s editorial board and seemingly every other organization of consequence in Palm Springs.”