Yesterday, my hometown of Houston, Texas became the largest US city to elect an openly gay mayor. Former Houston city councilwoman and city controller, Annise Parker defeated former city attorney, Gene Locke with 53% of the vote.
Parker ran on her ability to lead the city out of the recession, and not on a gay rights platform, something which in a way makes the win alternately significant and meaningless (do we want her to do the job or make a statement?). But Houston has always had a very vibrant and (in my opinion) a fairly well supported gay community, especially considering the conservativeness of Texas as a whole. Nevertheless, to win such a high profile position in a city clogged with Big Business (read: Ol Boy Network) is quite a feat. Congratulations to Mayor Parker and to the voters of Harris County!
(Now we just have to see whether or not former mayor Bill White gets the governors spot.)