City Council

Looking? Sure, are you an elected official?

Cross Coburn, a council member from Groves, Texas is in a bit of hot water after some steamy shirtless photos of him from Grindr were sent to City Hall and other local media. Allegedly there were also some X-rated pics.

It’s hard enough trying to be a politician in today’s world, but when you throw in other factors like being gay and young—you have a lot more against you. How young you ask? Well, Coburn is a very mature 19 years old! Yup, a baby politician!

This week, anonymous envelopes arrived to Groves City Hall and local media with Coburn’s private Grindr photos and conversations he had with other men. Accompanied with the material was a note:

Is this in any way proper behavior of a councilman to represent himself online or a ‘dating’ app? I felt the city council should be made aware of the situation.

Looks like someone didn’t get a tap back from the councilman and is being a Bitter Betty!

Coburn told KDFM-TV:

I felt like I was being harassed, being discriminated against because I’m a young gay man on City Council. That is my personal life and no one should know about it. I’m sorry if anyone took it the wrong way, but it’s really nothing more complex than this is my personal life.

The mayor of Groves, Brad Bailey, feels that nothing unlawful has occurred told Port Authority News:

I would like it to be known that the city is aware of this (photos), the allegations of photos of private areas. We have met and discussed it with our police department and HR department. It will be an issue. Personally I think it’s unbecoming of a public official, regardless of age.

What’s even more baffling is that Coburn’s photo has been removed from the City’s website.

He also suggested that if the residents of Groves were so inclined, they could petition for a recall election.

This is obviously Coburn’s first time around serving in any political position—he only became part of council in August 2017. Coburn expresses that he has no plans of stepping down as he still has much to learn in his political post.

Needless to say, the young council member will probably be more careful IF he decides to continue exploring on dating apps.

This gay world is so vicious, Cross, be careful if you’re looking for fun!

 

Palm Springs Swears In Newly Elected All LGBT Council

At Wednesday night’s council meeting, the City of Palm Springs swore in the two most recent elected council members, Lisa Middleton and Christy Holstege. Middleton and Holstege are the two local politicians that had a record-breaking win last month and made Palm Springs, the gay Mecca, the first California city with an all LGBTQ council.

Holstege is the youngest councilmember who identifies as bisexual.

Middleton is, remarkably, the first transgender person to be elected to a non-judicial office in the entire state of California.

After her win, Middleton shared with the Desert Sun:

We’re very proud of being an inclusive community. And I’m absolutely convinced that commitment to inclusivity is one of the factors in the growth and the Renaissance of Palm Springs.

 

 

Middleton and Holstege join Mayor Robert Moon & Councilmembers J.R. Roberts and Geoff Kors.

Here’s a video posted by a council meeting attendee that welcomes the two councilmembers to the city.