In December of 2009, days before being elected the first out lesbian Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker gave an interview to Adam Bink for the Bilerico Project on being a prominent openly LGBT candidate and self-avowed activist in one of the reddest states in America, and her perspective on some of the recent losses on marriage equality, and strategy on where to go from here. [Link] Her comments included:
I've been an out, gay activist since the 70s. I helped found the gay student organization at my university. I was, for a decade in the 80s, arguably the most visible lesbian activist in Houston for a very long time. Texas lost marriage a few years ago. I really take the long view. We lose battles, but we're winning the hearts and minds of this war. And we just have to keep chipping away, coming out, being visible, integrating our concerns into the issues of our society at all levels, and we're going to get there.Freedom to Marry salutes newly-elected Houston Mayor, Annise Parker, as a Voice for Equality! Learn about our many other Voices for Equality here.
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