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Houston's Big Green Transformation

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 01.20.2017 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

"Houston is definitely the city to watch," says nationally recognized design critic Alexandra Lange. The car-centric, zoning-averse city (the fourth-l...

Houston: We Have A Problem

Donna Red Wing | Posted 11.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Donna Red Wing

LGBT and progressive groups from around the nation outspent the opposition and brought in political leaders and celebrities in support of the ordinance. But it was the conservatives, armed with their hard-hitting "bathroom campaign" and religious liberty rhetoric who resonated with voters.

How Houston Was Lost: Prop 8 Redux as LGBT Rights Are Put on the Ballot

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

LGBT rights were clobbered, hammered, devastated in the city of Houston by voters, as the Houston Equal Right Ordinance (HERO) was repealed.

Houston Ballot Measure At The Center Of Major LGBT Equality Fight

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

Houston has been thrust into the center of the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, with voters set to decide on a measure Tuesd...

Voters Will Decide On Houston's LGBT Equal Rights Ordinance

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

Houston voters will determine the fate of the city's equal rights ordinance in a November referendum, the city decided Wednesday. The decision comes l...

Lila Shapiro

Were Thousands Of Signatures Forged On Petition To Overturn Equal Rights Ordinance?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A campaign to overturn Houston's just-passed equal rights ordinance hit a roadblock last year when the city said it had found "irregularities" in a pe...

Houston Mayor Withdraws Sermon Subpoenas

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The mayor of Houston on Wednesday withdrew the subpoenas of sermons from five pastors who opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against LG...

Amanda Terkel

Daughter Of Lesbian Houston Mayor Couldn't Get Driver's License Because She Has 2 Moms [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker (D) announced Thursday that the Texas Department of Public Safety had barred her daughter from taking a driv...

The First-Ever Houston Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda Talks About Poetry in a City of Great Diversity

Anis Shivani | Posted 12.20.2014 | Books
Anis Shivani

On April 9, 2013, Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker announced Gwendolyn Zepeda as the first-ever Houston poet laureate. Zepeda is now well into her two-year term, and I thought it would be a good time to ask her about her experiences so far.

Paige Lavender

Cruz: Mayor's Move Against Pastors Is 'Shocking And Shameful'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed Houston, Texas' openly gay Mayor Annise Parker after attorneys working for the city sent subpoenas to several pastors ...

Houston -- A Shining Star

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Houston has housed more than 2,800 homeless veterans since January 2012, according to the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/ Harris County.

Michelangelo Signorile

Houston's Lesbian Mayor On The Gay Community's 'Uphill Battle' For Equal Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S., and also has the distinction of being the largest American city with an openly gay or lesbian mayor. A...

Cities Have a Stake in Health Law's Success

Annise Parker | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Annise Parker

Local communities -- not Washington, not our state capitals -- are where the impact of the big decisions about health care will be most keenly felt.

Mayor Parker's Wedding Completes An Amazing Arc of LGBT History

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Cutbirth

That muffled cough and gravelly rumbling noise you heard last Wednesday had to be the sound of former-Houston Mayor Louie Welch rolling over in his grave.

LOOK: Houston's Lesbian Mayor Ties The Knot In California

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Houston Mayor Annise Parker tied the knot with longtime partner Kathy Hubbard in a Jan. 16 ceremony in Palm Springs, Calif. ABC Eyewitness News 13...

The Texas Spring: How Wendy Davis Is Taking on the Good Ole Boys

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Vivian Norris

What Rick Perry and the GOP did by not only calling a special session to close virtually every abortion clinic in Texas, but also changing the date on the votes that took place after midnight, was a disgraceful slap in the face of all citizens everywhere. And they did not get away with it.

Mayor, Committed Partner and Mother

Annise Parker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Annise Parker

Though Kathy and I have been building a life together for 22 years, we cannot marry in our home state -- the state where I was born, and where I serve in Houston's highest office. Texas, like 40 other states, does not allow same-sex couples to marry.

Michelangelo Signorile

Houston's Lesbian Mayor Sounds Off On Obama's LGBT Evolution

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last Thursday, openly lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker discussed President Obama's unexpected ev...

Michelangelo Signorile

Houston Mayor Annise Parker: President Obama Needs To Evolve 'Faster' On Marriage Equality

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Houston’s openly lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, newly re-elected to a second term, says President Obama needs to evolve "faster" on marriage equality,...

True LGBTQ Stories: Houston Mayor Annise Parker's Young and Forbidden Love (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

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PHOTOS: LGBT Candidates Win Big In 2011 Elections

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Election Day 2011 proved victorious for many LGBT candidates and their causes, with at least 53 out of 75 candidates endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Vic...

Matt Sledge

How Houston Won A Climate Protection Award

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.24.2011 | Green

Houston won this year's U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Award. Houston -- the city that serves as headquarters for BP America, ConocoPhi...

Rick Perry's 'Response' Threatens America, As Do Many Of The Responses To It

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 08.12.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Until there is a plan which respectfully addresses those left out or those who choose not to participate, Response, and all those responding to it, will be adding to America's woes not healing them.

How a Gay Man's Harmless Political Expression May Lead to Prison Time

Taylor Asen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Asen

It should not be for Congress to decide that certain objects' symbolic value warrants trampling on the right of American citizens to engage in free speech.

Madame Mayor: Why So Rare?

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

Annise Parker's election as Houston's mayor throws down the gauntlet to all cities to expand their resource base by advancing more women and minorities through public service and business.