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Annise Parker Becomes Houston’s First Big Gay to Take the Mayor’s Seat


So that was sort of fun. After all the anti-gay mailer campaigns tied to opponent Gene Locke and the typical faith-based fearmongering, Annise Parker still triumphed (with 53.6 percent of the vote, compared to Locke’s 46.4) to become Houston’s first openly gay mayor, becoming the leader of America’s fourth-largest city. She takes office in January. And last night, with wife Kathy Hubbard by her side, she told supporters: “I know what this means to many of us who thought we couldn’t achieve higher office. But let us at this moment join as one community. We are united in making Houston the city it should be, could be, can be and will be.”

On:           Dec 13, 2009
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    • transracial

      does anyone know about those two other LGBT candidates who also faced election in houston last night — in this case for city council

      Dec 13, 2009 at 11:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Swimmer

      Tell Maggie Gallagher to stuff that in her fat cunt!

      Dec 13, 2009 at 12:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • danfoss

      Congratulations to her and her many supporters!

      Dec 13, 2009 at 2:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cr8nguy

      @ 1….lane lewis lost and sue lovell won. so 2 out of 3 aint bad!

      Dec 13, 2009 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Keith Kimmel

      This is great news. Proof positive that we CAN win against faith-based fear mongering (I like that term, thanks Queerty, I am gonna borrow it) when we organize together.

      Is the this the largest city to have a queer mayor now?

      Dec 13, 2009 at 2:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anyway

      @5 NYC had Ed Koch _ oops did that get typed out loud. Otherwise, yes

      Dec 13, 2009 at 2:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Forrest

      I hope this serves as a reminder to dial back some of the obnoxious sneering by some on this site towards those of us that live in the South.

      Dec 13, 2009 at 3:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Attmay

      @2 The Swimmer:

      The whole state of Texas could fit in that breeder bitch’s cunt.

      Dec 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • naghanenu

      My mum is a Houston Native..she is not pleased…but what does she know??

      Congrats girl…kick them antigay peeps in the nuts

      Dec 13, 2009 at 3:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • edgyguy1426

      Geez, 16% turnout? That’s just shameful, but the results were awesome

      Dec 13, 2009 at 3:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Blake

      Congrats to Annise. Beyond just being a mayoral election in an off year, the turnout was low because both Parker and Locke are moderately liberal Democrats with pretty similar positions.

      Dec 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HellIsWaiting

      God Bless Houston, Texas.

      Now when are all you East and West Coast dip shits going to get YOUR act together? What a victory that people in the deep south, sweaty arm pit of America, Houston, can tap down the anti-gay hate… Yet California remains a dysfunctional, fucked up mess.

      Sue Lovell, also a lesbian, WON, in this city.

      The gays are now in charge. Thank You, Jesus.

      Dec 13, 2009 at 4:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • talaylee


      Isn’t it just sixteen percent turnout? Jesus could’ve done better than that, but what could he do, I mean after all, it still is Houston :)

      Dec 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HellIsWaiting


      You pathetic soul.

      A victory is a VICTORY.

      Another way to look at it… is that 92% of this hell hole of a city either did not mind, or actively endorsed, having a lesbian IN CHARGE. ~50% of 16% = ~8% (who voted for Annise) + 84% (who did not vote) = 92%.

      Otherwise, the other 84% would have gotten off their collectives asses and would have voted against the labia licking lesbian. Unlike the hateful fuckwads in CA and Maine who turn out in droves to oppress the gays. Damn those fuckers to hell, or its equivalent, Houston, TX.

      Dec 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz

      Laughs at No. 2 ยท The Swimmer’s comment. I love it! ;P

      Dec 13, 2009 at 5:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Religious Right - Eat This!!

      Every City in this country needs a Lesbian as Mayor – I’m sure she’ll kick ass and get things done!

      Dec 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • reason

      Houston is not deep south, or the sweaty arm pit of America. It is a modern diverse international business hub. The past several mayors have been democrats and term limited including Bill white who is running for governor and Lee Brown. Houston’s gross area product is larger than several developed countries: Houston is a leader in defense, oil & gas, biomedical, aeronautics, and renewable energy. Houston’s economy was barely impacted by the recession being the home to the most fortune 500 companies behind New York city. Any person that has actually traveled to the south knows Texas is rich and nothing like backwater states including Mississippi and Alabama. Texas has several liberal areas, and educated intelligent conservatives. The fact there is now a gay mayor comes as no surprise.

      Dec 14, 2009 at 1:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris

      This is a HUGE win for Houston and GLBT Americans. It is so encouraging to know that the homophobes who launched this nasty campaign were shut down by sensible minded voters.

      Amazingly she had huge support from straight GOP Woman voters citywide. Sue Lovell also won.

      Houston is a great city folks -it may not be a gay mecca like some places you might live, but it has a strong active community.

      Annise Parker will do an amazing job as Mayor. Now, lets elect our old Mayor Bill White as the next Governor of Texas. He is amazing and a huge friend of our community.

      Dec 14, 2009 at 7:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mikeandrewsdantescove

      My lesbian friends in Houston must be so proud.

      Mike Andrews

      Dec 14, 2009 at 7:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      HOLY THIT, There are a lot of frightwing-nutbag lunatics
      whos heads are currently spinning off their tops right
      about now!! Thank you Houston for giving the Gays a great
      Christmas present! Maybe there is hope after all…….

      Dec 14, 2009 at 9:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE that some of our biggest gains have now been in Iowa and TX. Because for too long I think people on the coasts have said “Well yeah, things aren’t perfect here but of course it’s better here for gays than anywhere else. And yet now we have gay marriage in Iowa, and Texas elects an openly gay mayor. Maybe it can help shake things up on other states. Congrats Houston!

      Dec 14, 2009 at 9:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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