Annise Parker on Civil Rights



Co-chaired "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" effort

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has signed onto the "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" effort. Houston's Annise Parker had previously joined the effort, serving as co-chair. So that's 3 Texas Mayors down, 1,212 to go.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is still refusing to sign onto the pledge, despite a petition with 253 signatures and promises of protests at his upcoming public events.

The group has also added two new co-chairs, San Diego's Jerry Sanders and Boston's Thomas Menino; with New York's Michael Bloomberg, L.A.'s Antonio Villaraigosa and Houston's own Annise Parker. The five-co-chairs issued the following statement: Source: Dallas Voice, "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" , Jan 20, 2012

First openly lesbian mayor of a major American city:

It was no great surprise when some religious leaders and conservative activists voiced fierce opposition to the mayoral candidacy of Annise Parker, a gay woman. But voters here have largely dismissed the issue as insignificant, even though she could become the first openly lesbian mayor of a major American city.

Ms. Parker, a city controller who has been elected to local office six times with little controversy over her sexual preference, is the leading candidate in Saturday's election runoff. Still, Ms. Parker has faced some attacks from some who fear she will push a radical gay agenda.

Polls show most Houston voters are unconcerned with Ms. Parker's sexual orientation, and if anything, the gay issue is becoming a bigger problem for her opponent Gene Locke, who is under fire for accepting endorsements from anti-gay activists some liberals see as bigoted.

Source: Wall Street Journal, "Politics" , Dec 12, 2009

Realize the importance of the letter T in GLBT

Congratulations to new Houston GLBT Political Caucus president Jenifer Rene Poole and new Pride Parade grand marshal Phyllis Randolph Frye. Both outstanding women make us realize the importance of the letter T in GLBT. The fact that she is the first transgender caucus president is, of course, significant. It's about time! I'm proud of this decision by an organization I once led, and I'm honored to know that volunteering in my 1977 council campaign sparked her interest in politics.

Is our community finally getting comfortable with the final letter in GLBT? I hope so. But I know some of us still have a long way to go toward real understanding and acceptance. I still recall being advised by some people in those early campaigns to keep the transgenders out of sight! I can only hope that the year of films like Transamerica will mark a turning point for the transgender community

Source: Annise Parker column in Out Smart magazine, "Border Clash" , Nov 1, 2009

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Other big-city mayors on Civil Rights: Annise Parker on other issues:

Tom Barrett (D,Milwaukee)
Bill de Blasio (D,NYC)
Rahm Emanuel (D,Chicago)
Bob Filner (D,San Diego)
Steven Fulop (D,Jersey City)
Eric Garcetti (D,Los Angeles)
Mike Rawlings (D,Dallas)
Marty Walsh (D,Boston)

Former Mayors:
Rocky Anderson (I,Salt Lake City)
Tom Barrett (D,Milwaukee,WI)
Mike Bloomberg (I,New York City)
Cory Booker (D,Newark,NJ)
Jerry Brown (D,Oakland,CA)
Julian Castro (D,San Antonio,TX)
Rudy Giuliani (R,New York City)
Phil Gordon (D,Phoenix)
Tom Menino (D,Boston)
Dennis Kucinch (D,Cleveland,OH)
Michael Nutter (D,Philadelphia)
Sarah Palin (R,Wasilla,AK)
Annise Parker (D,Houston)
Jerry Sanders (R,San Diego)
Antonio Villaraigosa (D,Los Angeles)
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