The whole world is watching

It’s sort of business as usual as Palm Springs prepares to seat its new city council, which includes exactly no one who identifies as straight. But to the rest of the world, it’s seen as downright record-breaking.

In a prominent piece in Sunday’s edition, The New York Times’ Frank Bruni asked whether it was a “triumph of diversity or something slightly different.” He answered his own question by noting that newly elected council member Christy Holstege — who identifies as bisexual — lists seemingly mundane concerns as her primary concerns, questions of gay rights having been hashed out long ago in Palm Springs.

“When I asked her what the new Council’s first order of business should be, she mentioned making it easier for people at the airport to summon Uber or Lyft.,” Bruni reported.

This preoccupation with traffic is not limited to California politicos. In Virginia, a state that is much bluer (and more traffic-snarled) than you might expect, Danica Roem recently became the first openly transgender woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Asked to identify a top legislative priority, Roem singled out Route 28, a notoriously congested highway on the western edge of the Washington, D.C., suburbs, the Washington Post reported.

While wedding cakes still consume the attention of much of the nattering nabobs of politics, there are those who see Holstege, Roem and their colleagues as evidence that the LGBTQ world has reached political maturity, at least in bluer locales.

After all, incoming councilman J.R. Roberts asked Bruni, “Isn’t our goal not to be separated out?”