PALM SPRINGS — For the first  time, the state Legislative LGBT Caucus and the city of Palm Springs will host an LGBT Town Hall.

The community meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at City Hall.

State Assemblymember Evan Low, chair of the California LGBT Caucus, along with Councilmembers Geoff Kors and Lisa Middleton, will host the LGBT Town Hall meeting on Friday, Oct. 12 at City Hall.

“Lisa and I suggested to Evan Low that as chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus it would be great to have him come do an update and Q&A with the community,” Kors told Uken Report.” He asked that we join him and discuss local, state and federal issues and hear from the community what issues they would like to see us take on moving forward.”

In a historic moment in June, the California Legislative LGBT Caucus recognized  the Palm Springs City Council in Sacramento for being the nation’s first elected all LGBTQ Council.

“I am excited to join city leaders to share how state and local governments can best serve the LGBT community,” Low told Uken Report. “With historic electoral representation in Palm Springs, this town hall will be an opportunity listen and hear from residents directly on how we can do better in accommodating all needs.”

Agenda topics will include:
• New LGBT legislation.
• Existing LGBT protections.
• What local governments can do to help.
• Plans for future legislation, including AB 2943 prohibiting Conversion Therapy.
• How the LGBT Caucus can work at the state level to counter anti-LGBT legislation by the Trump Administration.

California’s Legislative LGBT Caucus was formed in 2002 to create a forum for California legislators to discuss issues that affect LGBT Californians and to further the goal of equality and justice for all Californians, according to its website. Formation of the LGBT Caucus made California the first state in the country to recognize an official caucus of openly-LGBT state legislators. In 2017, it reached a historic milestone of eight members. The LGBT Caucus strives to advocate for diversity and inclusion of all people, including those with disabilities.

Members  of the LGBT Caucus are Assemblymember Low, Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, Assemblymember Todd Gloria, Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, Sen. Ricardo Lara, and Sen. Scott Wiener.

The 5:30 p.m. Town Hall will be held in the Council Chamber, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way.

Residents can watch the meeting live online here or on Palm
Springs Community Television Channel 17.