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In gay-friendly Palm Springs, America's first all-LGBT government is no surprise

Under Trump, LGBT rights are under fire – but in this progressive desert haven, a historic moment was met with a shrug: ‘It’s not an issue here’
Palm Springs, California. Once best known as a desert hangout for Hollywood’s 1960s rat pack, it is now arguably the gayest town in the US Photograph: Danita Delimont/Getty Images/Gallo Images

Palm Springs has just ushered in America’s first all-LGBT city council and this is what it’s doing to celebrate: nothing.

No rainbow flag over city hall, no pride parade, no proclamation about making history, not even a press release. In fact it has barely acknowledged the milestone.

“Tell the truth, I didn’t even think about it until after the election,” the mayor, Robert Moon, 68, said in an interview this month as the new council prepared to convene. “You see, it doesn’t really matter.

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