was the first major city in the United States to elect an openly lesbian mayor.
Annise Parker was elected city-wide nine times in a row over 18 years – drawing
votes from a wide range of Houstonians. Interestingly, her sexual orientation
was never a campaign issue for her or any of her opponents. Houstonians – even
in the early 1990s – didn’t seem to care. By the early 2000s, Houston had
elected at least five gay men and women to city council, and a transgender
candidate for city council – Jenifer Rene Pool – was considered a serious
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis got a majority of the Houston
vote in 2014, despite losing by a huge margin – drawing less than 39 percent of
the vote statewide.
in 2015, Houston voters overwhelmingly voted to repeal a recently-adopted
“Equal Rights Ordinance,” which was designed to create special protections for
people with any of 15 “protected characteristics,” including gay and
transgender individuals. The campaign to repeal the ordinance was focused on
the transgender issue – tagged by social conservatives as an ordinance to let
guys dress up as women and hang out in women’s’ restrooms. Earlier this month,
Houston elected a conservative mayor over a well-known Democratic political
text discusses Daniel Elazar’s political cultures theory, contending that Texas
is a mix of traditionalistic and individualistic cultures. I would contend that
Houston is perhaps the most individualistic city (we don’t even have zoning!)
a college-level, 3– 5 page essay about;
The political culture of
What do you think is
important to Houstonians?
How would you explain a
city that voted for Wendy Davis, then voted to overturn an “equal rights
in Word. Cite your sources.
This Rice University study shows how Houston is one of the
most diverse cities in the world.