First appearing in "Strange Bedfellows", fictional character Gil Kessler was a councilman who the girls tried to get re-elected. When Blanche is photographed entering Gil Kessler's office, the media purports that Kessler and Blanche had an affair. Kessler goes along with the media's claims, which Blanche denies. While none of the other character initially believe Blanche, eventually Blanche convinces Gil Kessler to come clean and admit that no affair went on.
At the end of the episode, it is revealed that he is a transgender man and was once a "mild-mannered house wife" who underwent gender reassignment surgery. Gil Kessler was played by actor John Schuck.
A city council member, Gil Kessler was born a woman (and formerly a housewife) and apparently underwent gender reassignment surgery. Gil Kessler is now married, although his wife never makes an appearance, and is running for re-election at the time of the episode. Little is known about his life otherwise.