Lisa Middleton First Trans Person Ever Elected to California Legislative Office

Gay Pride, Marriage Equality

Her election to the Palm Springs City Council makes California history

Washington, DC – Lisa Middleton won her race for the Palm Springs City Council this evening, becoming the first out trans person ever elected to a nonjudicial position in the state of California. Victory Fund President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills released the following statement about her win:

“Lisa Middleton shattered a lavender ceiling in California this election day – breaking down barriers to become California’s first trans nonjudicial elected official,” said Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President & CEO of Victory Fund. “Trans people remain severely underrepresented in government nationwide, so Lisa’s victory is important not just for Palm Springs or California, but for the entire country. Now more than ever, we need trans voices in the halls of power because they humanize our lives, change the debate and move forward more inclusive legislation. Lisa’s historic election victory will be remembered as an important milestone in the movement for LGBTQ equality, and will undoubtedly inspire other trans people to run for office and win.”

In 2016, Lisa was a Victory Institute Empowerment Fellow and attended the four-day intensive Victory Institute Candidate & Campaign Training in Charlotte, NC that year. The training provides the skills and tools necessary to run for public office or secure positions in public service.