Houston Mayor Annise Parker is in Shanghai on her first official foreign visit.
According to Xinhua news agency, Parker praised the Chinese city for being the most open to its LGBT community. Last year, the city hosted China’s first gay Pride event.
Parker was attending Houston Day at the Shanghai World Expo. She spoke from the American pavilion.
“Shanghainese and Houstonians are similar. They care about what you do, not who you are,” said Parker. “To boost development, a city needs to be open to a full range of people, especially the innovative ones who break barriers, like people of the gay community.”
Parker will be in Dallas in September. She will serve as honorary grand marshal of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade.
Since my initial post the other day, the Facebook campaign to bring former first lady Laura Bush to Dallas’ gay Pride celebration in September has quite simply exploded. The FB group now has more than 600 members, and the effort has been featured by several media outlets including but not limited to The Advocate, SheWired.com and The Dallas Morning News. The Voice’s own Chance Browning has uploaded the above photo to the FB page, with the caption “A little preview of what Laura might look like.” (Chance appears to be devoting his vacation to the effort this week.) I left a message yesterday for Laura’s publicist to find out whether there’s any chance she’ll come, but I haven’t heard back. I’ve also sent her a message on Twitter, so keep your fingers crossed.
During her recent book tour, former First Lady Laura Bush revealed that she supports marriage equality. While some have criticized Mrs. Bush for not speaking up sooner, if she is serious about standing up for what is right, we welcome her to the cause.
Let’s draft her as a guest of honor for the 2010 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade on Sunday, September 19, 2010 in Lee Park!
We’re guessing George won’t let Laura come, but we’ll try to get in touch with her publicist to get an answer one way or the other. Incidentally, the Rangers play at 3:10 p.m. that afternoon, so George will prolly be getting wasted in his man-cave anyway. We promise not to hurt her, W.
Yes, we know what you’re thinking, “Why would I want to win a trip to Dallas, I live here.” But this isn’t a time to reflect on your own needs. Think of your friends in faraway lands that could get a chance to see Big D in its rainbow basking splendor during September.
GLBT Dallas wants people to “experience Pride firsthand” by offering the contest winner and his or her guest a three-night getaway which includes airfare, hotel and passes to local attractions. The highlight of the weekend of course would be the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade Sunday, September 20. But the contest ends tomorrow so step to it by heading here.