Cross-posted from Administrativia Blog

Remarks by newly sworn-in Mayor Annise Parker to GLBT community supporters on Sunday evening.

More than 500 people from the community packed the ballroom at the Four Seasons hotel to “Celebrate Victory! — A Party to Welcome the New Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker!”

Attendees included veteran GLBT activist Ray Hill, Harris County’s first openly gay judge, Judge Steven Kirkland, former Mayor Kathy Whitmire, and a host of others. As Ray Hill said in introducing our Mayor, “We did not elect Houston’s first lesbian Mayor. We gave our best to the people of Houston to be our Mayor.”

Among the event co-hosts:

  • Equality Texas
  • Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
  • Houston Area Stonewall Democrats
  • Houston GLBT Community Center
  • Houston GLBT Political Caucus
  • Houston Transgender Unity Committee (HTUC)
  • Houston Stonewall Young Democrats (HSYD)
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
  • Impact Houston
  • Lambda Legal
  • Out & Equal Houston
  • Pride Houston
  • Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years (SPRY)


Left of center Houstonian working in the energy industry and in his spare time on LGBT equality. Current co-Chair of Out & Equal Houston, a regional affliate of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.