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Ron Oden

First Black Out LGBTQ+ person elected mayor of a U.S. city

Ron Oden has a long history of community activism and political service in Palm Springs. In 1995, he won election as a City Council member. In November 2003, he was elected Mayor of Palm Springs, becoming the first Black out LGBTQ+ person elected mayor of any U.S. city. Ron championed embracing Palm Springs’ past and its diverse LGBTQ+ community and, as Mayor, focused on expanding diversity while leading the city’s first LGBTQ+ majority on the City Council. Under his leadership, the city turned into a top tourist destination and experienced unprecedented growth.

Mayor of Palm Springs, California (2003 – 2007)

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