In the GLBT Dallas News, an article states:
"Annise Parker motivation and career has been describe by friends and longtime supporters as a careful, calculated advance toward the mayor's office. She's also learned - to paraphrase an old saw - to see her chances and to take 'em."
For the GLBT community, Annise states :
In the Dallas Voice Parker States:
“I’ve spent my entire adult life as a lesbian activist. I still consider myself a lesbian activist even though my first priority now is as mayor of Houston. And I no longer am generally a spokesperson for the GLBT community. But I worked all my adult life to help move us forward in the political process and to me it was just, well, it’s just one more milestone on the journey. And it’s not usual that the mayor of Houston’s election gets a front page blurb on the Times of India or worldwide news coverage. To make the Time Magazine ‘Most Influential 100′ in 2010, all I had to do was win an election — I didn’t have to actually do anything in office, I just had to win the election.”
In the Seattle Gay news, Parker states:
“ I absolutely feel a sense of responsibility to our community, but I have been an activist for more than 30 years, and by virtue of being a leader in our organizations, I have been a public spokesperson and role model for the community.”.
http://www.outhistory.org/wiki/Annise_Parker On first term city council I had been out for more than 25 years, and a gay activist for more than 20 years, when I was elected.
For the Houston Chronicle, Parker
It was a desire for something new that prompted her to move from gay activism to the next chapter in her life.” “I was bored with gay stuff,” she said. “I threw myself just as hard into 10 years of neighborhood activism.”
In BloombergBusinessweek, Parker states:
She also states, being gay isn't tough—it's who I am.
Parker's facebook page, personal website and City of Houston omits any referance to her "activism"
Does Annise Parker understand the difficulties and adversity that many in the GLBT community face?
In an edited post by JEFFREY on towleroad.com
he states an opion of Parker that many in the GLBT community share;
If you are a gay man or woman, have you ever been fired from a job or promotion for being gay. Have you ever been harassed, sexually abused, physically abused, or emotionally abused? Where you disowned by your family or chased out of your community? Has your home, car, pets been violated? Are you or someone you know infected with HIV, or has survived suicide attempts or drug addictions?
Annise Parker seems to of had a blessed life with many personal and political opportunities, as most of us in the GLBT community have experience in at least one of the above or know a dear friend(s) in at least one of the above categories--all because of who we are. Some individuals in the GLBT community strongly disagree with her opinion that “being gay is not tough“, and given her newly found high-profile status find her flippancy extremely dangerous.
In reading biographical information about Annise, what strikes me the most is how fortunate she was to of never been discriminated against in the workplace due to her sexual orientation.
In a Houston GLBT magazine an article says; In 1980, at age 24, Parker went to work for Mosbacher Energy, owned by Robert Mosbacher Sr., who later became George H. W. Bush’s Secretary of Commerce. She stayed with the firm for the next 18 years. “My being openly gay was never a problem,” she says. “Mr. Mosbacher’s daughter, Dee Mosbacher, was also openly gay. He was a first-class gentleman, very respectful and understanding. And it was a wonderful company to work for.”
And in the Houston Chroncile
Parker said. “I was head of the Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus while I worked there, and it never presented any sort of issue in the workplace.”
The GLBT Dallas Voice wrote
With 2.2 million constituents, Parker said she couldn’t be just the gay mayor, but she would continue to use her position to advance LGBT rights when possible. She helps raise money and speaks for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund around the country and said their training was extremely helpful.
The myth of Annise Parker
Is Mayor Parker an "activist", or a Politician?
What is most disappointing about Annise Parker, is that she tells the GLBT community that "she's been a lesbian activist all her life", but then tells the heterosexual community that she moved away from gay activism because " I was bored with the gay stuff", and "being gay isn't tough-it's who I am.
Annise is aware that she owes her political career to the
GLBT community stating on the night of her mayoral election, "I am so
grateful to the Victory Fund and its supporters for believing in this
campaign from the beginning,” “This race was about the future of
Houston, and whether we will face that future proud to be an open,
welcoming and fair-minded city.“ Parker further praised the support of
the Victory Fund and its donors, who raised hundreds of thousands of
dollars to help fund her campaign. Annise is also quoted as saying “I
had incredible lesbian and transgendered volunteers,” and “The bulk of
my money was raised from gay men.”
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund works to elect LGBT leaders to public office for one simple reason. They change America's politics. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender office holders are our clearest and most convincing champions for true equality. As leaders in government, they become the face and voice of a community. They challenge the lies of extremists and speak authentically about themselves, their families and their community.
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