Florida city elects country’s second all-LGBTQ local government

Florida city elects country’s second all-LGBTQ local government
Mayor Justin Flippen (Image via Facebook)

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Voters in Wilton Manors, Florida, on Tuesday elected the state’s first and the country’s second all-LGBTQ local government. Palm Springs, California, last year became the first locality in the U.S. to do so, according to the Victory Fund, which tracks lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer candidates and elected officials.

Justin Flippen, currently the city’s vice mayor, was elected mayor last week, and current Mayor Gary Resnick and newly elected Paul Rolli will fill the commission’s two vacancies. Scott Newton, the commission’s only straight member, lost his re-election bid.

“In Wilton Manors, our goal is to serve as an example for other cities across the nation on how a municipality and community can prosper from being inclusive and accepting from policy to practice,” Flippen, a Florida native, told NBC News after the election. “Wilton Manors is a city where whatever color under the rainbow you most identify with, you are welcomed, affirmed and respected for who you are.”

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