December 13th, 2009
09:22 AM ET
8 years ago

Houston elects first openly gay mayor

Houston, Texas (CNN) - Annise Parker made history Saturday as Houston's first openly gay mayor.

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Filed under: Mayoral races • Texas
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    If it's true that racism will end once we stop talking about it, then shouldn't orientation receive the same forbearance? As long as a person's sexuality is kept in the closet, be ye hetero or homo, then it's a non-issue. But flaunting oneself as a deviate sets oneself up to scorn. It's all in the flamboyance egos wish to dare assume.

    December 13, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    (In Response to ANDROLOMA)
    Actually, racism will begin to end (if that is even possible) once we begin to talk honestly about it. And as for sexual orientation, are you saying not hiding your sexuality/relationships makes you flamboyant? "Flaunting oneself as a deviate"-maybe this should apply to extremist Christians?

    December 13, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Tony in Maine

    a "deviate?"

    It's when we stop thinking of homosexuals as deviates and heterosexuals as non-deviates that prejudice might begin to be put to rest.

    "Deviate" is a pejorative not unlike and leading to the even more inflammatory "pervert."

    The only perversion is from the religious right who insist on cherry picking the Old Testament for passages to support their warped view of life.

    December 13, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. all the news that's fit to omit

    Regardless of sexual orientation, hopefully she will be good at her job. That should be the end of the discussion.

    The more we single each other out based on ANYTHING, the more we divide ourselves as a nation.

    Progressives and the media are the main culprits of this, DOES IT REALLY MATTER what her orientation is, ONLY TO THEM.

    December 13, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Black Viper

    Where were the Republicans Anti-gays of Texas? Oh I forgot Houston is a big city therefore the tendancy is they are more democrats than GOP.

    December 13, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Donkey Party

    I've been over the whole gay thing for years. It must've been when I realized I was really just a lesbian trapped in a man's body!

    December 13, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Houston Mom

    Annise Parker never once made an issue of her sexuality. She rarely, if ever, even speaks of it. So she's a Lesbian. Big deal. She has been with her wife for 19 years and they have made a wonderful home for their adopted children. Something I dare say very few conservatives or christians do...even though they crow about preventing others from doing it.

    Annise has served our city faithfully, 6 years on city council, 6 years as city controller. She was the only qualified candidate. Period.

    So hear this Republicans and Conservatives: In the largest city in Texas and the nation's 4th largest city, once a safe-haven for Republicans, the Democrats have the mayor's position, the city controller's job, 7 out of 9 city council seats, and 31 out of 32 county judges positions. If you are counting on 2010 for some kind of comeback, I wouldn't start counting my chickens just yet. The American people may have short memories, but they're not that short and we're sick of all your hate and intolerance. It may have worked for you before, but it doesn't work anymore.

    December 13, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. RoadKill

    Is she the first BLOND msyor??... That would be NEWS!

    December 13, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. alex

    That's assumes your first point is true. And it's not.

    My sexuality is part of what makes me an individual. I'm also Irish, short, with brown eyes, and Baptist. All of those things make me who I am, and under our own Constitutuion I have a right to idenitfy with my cultural groups and celebrate who I am as an individual. Being a straight woman falls under that category.

    You are suggesting we do away with Black History Month, MLK Day, Pride Parades, all memory of the civil rights movement ... including the current civil rights movement to recognize "deviant" sexuality as just as normal as "normal" sexuality. It's a different movement, but just as valid, and your suggestion that race and sexuality be "kept under wraps" ignores the leaps and bounds the civil rights movements have made over the past 100 years.

    Congratulations to Parker. It takes great strength and resilience to embrace one's "differences" in a country so dedicated to tear one down for them.

    December 13, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Incredible that this happened in Texas even with strong opposition by Family Values voters. Houston must be an island of progressive voters amid a sea of conservatives.

    December 13, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. marylander

    Why should we make differences in gays or lesbians,black or white or aian or hispanic to do the jobs serving the country?As long as they have a brain that know how to make better from worst,they are qualified,We elected Obama because of his promises,not because we tried to bring the issue that he is the first black president.He doesn't accomplish a thing he said but going around talking sense then do nonsense.I'm not gay,but if a gay know how to run the country and fix the mess,i will beg him to take Obama

    December 13, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. katiec

    Well, what is amazing is that a Democrat was elected and add to that a gay person, says worlds for the city of Houston.
    Thought the radical religous right had complete control of TX, but
    this proves that wrong.

    December 13, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Sherry

    I am so tired of the repulican christian right thinking they are above the rest of us. I believe in God,Son and the Holy Ghost, and i don't believe the trinity would appreciate the the above mentioned "judging" the rest of us ! It's WHO's job to do that ?

    December 13, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Woonsocket

    I want to marry my neighbor's Great Dane. Why shouldn't I be allowed to ? Hable lesbonics ?

    December 13, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. marylander

    I could replace a gay president instead of Obama if he know how to make the country better,keep promises and understand that a president is not a celebrity

    December 13, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Gonzo in Houston

    I think it's great that a lesbian got more respect than an lawyer in this election.

    The real reason she got elected is that she was a very competent city controller. The media is making a much bigger deal of her orientation than anybody on either side did during the campaign.

    Houston has had two consecutive mayors who were very good at their jobs, and the city is a lot better off for them. We have learned to value competence over dogma from either party.

    December 13, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. mario ca.

    Congratulation to her

    December 13, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Chicago Mob

    To most people this is not an issue, more like does this person have a brain and integrity. I would gladly vote for an openly gay candidate for president that would represent all the American people rather than the Marxist liar we are stuck with.

    December 13, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Ben

    We're proud of you, Houston.

    December 13, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Robert

    ANDROLOMA says as long as a person's sexuality is kept in the closet, 'be ye hetero or homo,' then it's a non-issue.


    Straight politicians are pictured with their spouses and families all the time. But if a gay politician is pictured with his/her spouse then it is 'flaunting.'

    It's a double standard that fair minded people won't buy into.

    Your use of the word 'deviate' (deviant?) – only shows your prejudices on the matter.

    Please, grow up already...

    December 13, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The World is changing and there will soon be no place for those who hate and chose to be left behind. Ms. Parker is educated and well prepared for job as Mayor and that's all that matters. Now we look forward to former Mayor Bill White replacing our current Governor who has got to go before our troops from Texas come home. If the current Governor has his way Texas will leave the Union and our troops won't have a home.

    December 13, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. T'SAH from Virginia

    WELL???? – and the problem IS????????

    Everyone has a BRAIN!!! How does sexual preference intertere with how effective you can be!!! Jeez!

    December 13, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Ken in NC

    I wonder if anyone ever considered that one group has been left out of the group that is less capable of doing a job. It seems that if the sexual orintation, skin color, religion, height, weight, or profession is different from "White Male" then there is some reason there for one to be considered less than qualified to do a job.

    Why is being a "White Male" the only "Classification" that does not bring out the hate and discord in people. If everything is considered "The Norm", why then isn't being a "White Male" not considered as being different?

    December 13, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Hope and change

    Obama has kept all promises he made or will. I know we live in a fast food world. However, the man has been president 11 months. I thought it was a four year term?! U people r such idiots which breeds ur impatience.Btw, the hope and change is working out well for me! Too bad, so sad for U.

    December 13, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. Gil Oberdas

    It is nice to know that all Texans aren't rednecks any longer!

    December 13, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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