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Palm Springs Mayor Invited to White House Pride Month Celebration

Posted on June 17, 2022

NBC Palm Springs Carmela Karcher

First it was Stu Rasmussen, mayor of Silverton, Oregon in 2008.

Then, it was Jess Herbst, mayor of New Hope, Texas in 2016.

And now, its Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton.

Mayor Middleton marks herself as the third transgender person in U.S. history to serve as mayor and the first transgender person to serve as mayor in California.

Because of her impact on Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, Mayor Middleton received a once in a lifetime invitation.

“Oh, it feels incredible to have an opportunity to be invited to visit the White House,” she said.

Mayor Middleton is one of just 50 guests who were invited to the White House for its annual Pride Month Celebration.

Each guest will be recognized and celebrated as being influential members of the LGBTQ community.

And Mayor Middleton says her invite is a celebration not only for herself, but to the Coachella Valley as well. 

“This is a tribute to Palm Springs and to the people of the Coachella Valley that have made this community such a welcoming community for members of the LGBTQ community,” Mayor Middleton shared.