This will be a moment for the American — and certainly California — history books. The Palm Springs City Council will be recognized on Monday, June 11 by the California Legislature LGBTQ Caucus in Sacramento for being the nation’s first elected all LGBTQ Council.
The five-member Palm Springs City Council, comprised of Mayor Robert Moon, Mayor pro tem J.R. Roberts and Councilmembers Geoff Kors, Lisa Middleton and Christy Gilbert Holstege, will be recognized at 1 p.m. on the floor of the state Assembly and again at 2 p.m. on the floor of the Senate.
“This is a tremendous milestone for the LGBTQ community,” said Councilmember Geoff Kors, former executive director of Equality California. “It was not that long ago that equality and acceptance seemed like a distant dream in the Golden State. I am proud to say that now in Palm Springs and throughout most of California, LGBTQ people have made enormous strides when it comes to inclusivity and equality for everyone.”
Middleton herself made history in November 2017 as the first out transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California.
“It is very pleasant and appreciated recognition,” Middleton told Uken Report on Friday. “It’s a nice recognition for our city and a milestone in our country.”
While visiting the state capitol, the Council will also take the opportunity to meet with Democratic Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, Republican Assemblyman Chad Mayes and Republican state Sen. Jeff Stone along with other state officials in order to seek funding for critical city programs, initiatives and services such as open space, historic preservation, business innovation, affordable housing, homelessness and the ongoing environmental crisis at the Salton Sea.
In addition, a meeting has been scheduled with state Controller Betty Yee to discuss pension reform.
“This is an opportunity for our Council to meet with California lawmakers who have the ability to help Palm Springs not only obtain critical funding for important community programs and services, it’s also an opportunity to strengthen relationships and work together to find solutions to issues our residents all care about,” said City Manager David H. Ready, who will join the City Council in Sacramento next week.