Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Lisa Middleton will make a little history Thursday when she is sworn in as mayor of Palm Springs, making her the second transgender mayor in U.S. history.

Middleton will be sworn in by current Mayor Christy Holstege during the regularly scheduled city council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Her swearing in will be followed by a performance from the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, according to officials.

Middleton will serve a one-year term as mayor with the position being rotational among council members following the switch to district-based elections in 2019. Grace Garner will become mayor pro tem in Middleton’s place.

This isn’t the first time Middleton has made history in the LGBTQ+ community. In 2017, she became the first openly transgender person in Californian history to win an elected non-judicial position when she was voted onto Palm Springs’ City Council.

Thursday’s ceremony comes as Middleton also takes aim at the 28th District state Senate seat. If she wins, she will become the first openly transgender state legislator in California’s history.

The late Stu Rasmussen became America’s first openly transgender mayor when he was elected mayor of Silverton, Oregon, in November 2008.

Thursday’s meeting can be watched online at

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