Gays Celebrate History With Parker Victory

Subject: PRESS RELEASE: Houston Overcomes Hate, HSYD Congratulates Mayor-Elect Parker and Other Endorsed Candidates  Saturday, December 12th, 2009    *Houston Overcomes Hate, HSYD Congratulates Mayor-Elect Parker and Other Endorsed Candidates* 

The Houston Stonewall Young Democrats congratulates Annise Parker tonight on winning the Houston mayoral race and being elected the first openly gay mayor of a major city in United States history. With the strong support of HSYD and other GLBT organizations at her back, Ms. Parker triumphed over her opponent, attorney Gene Locke, by a margin of 53% to 47% in the December 12 th runoff election.   

“Houstonians will forever remember this day as the moment when our city was first recognized internationally as being the cosmopolitan progressive city we have always known it to be,” said HSYD President Brandon Webb. “The citizens of our city ignored the hateful rhetoric of bigots and elected the most qualified individual to our highest municipal office”.  HSYD members spent countless hours volunteering for Ms. Parker and other endorsed candidates to ensure that GLBT rights would remain paramount on the minds of Houston’s leaders in the coming years. Besides Parker, HSYD endorsed City Council candidates Jolanda Jones, Sue Lovell, and controller candidate Ronald Green all triumphed in their runoff elections. They join HSYD endorsed candidates Melissa Noriega and Wanda Adams who won their seats outright in the November 3rd general election. “We are thrilled to have such a progressive slate of council members to lead our city into the New Year,” said Webb, “The next goal for us is making sure that the new mayor and council make good on their campaign promises to fight for the rights of our community in office. Today is just the beginning of a long road ahead where we expect to have an open dialogue with our newly-elected representatives”. The Houston Stonewall Young Democrats is a group of Houston area young progressives, aged 14 to 40, whose focus is to educate the GLBT community about the issues affecting them, to mobilize the community to get out to vote on Election Day for fair-minded Democrats, and to fight for GLBT civil rights while leading the Democratic party to continue improving its record on issues important to our community.  For more information on joining HSYD, please contact our director of membership, Lindsey Baker, at director.membership@houstonstonewallyd.org.   

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