This Florida town is now completely run by LGBTQ people

Two people with pearls and a rainbow boa smiling
People at South Florida PrideFest 2012.Photo: Flickr/Elvert Barnes

A town in Florida has become the second in the nation to elect an entirely LGBTQ City Commission.

Wilton Manors’s City Commission’s last straight commissioner, Scott Newton, lost his re-election bid.

The City Commission is now made up of four LGBTQ commissioners and a gay mayor. The only other city in the U.S. with an all-LGBTQ city council is Palm Springs, California.

Newton finished third in a four-candidate race for two spots on the City Commission. Mayor Gary Resnick and Paul Rolli, who are both gay, won the two seats.

Commissioner Justin Flippen, who is gay, was elected mayor as Resnick is leaving the position.

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The other two commissioners are the middle of their terms and weren’t up for re-election.

According to the 2010 Census, Wilton Manors has the second-highest percentage of same-sex couples living in it, after Provincetown, Massachusetts.

“LGBTQ people are severely under-represented at every level of government, so to have an all-LGBTQ city commission and an LGBTQ mayor in Wilton Manors would be an exciting moment, especially given the strong LGBTQ community there,” Sean Meloy of the Victory Fund said in a statement.

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