Video: Houston's first gay mayor inaugurated with life partner by her side
Annise Parker, the newest mayor of Houston, Texas, was inaugurated in a public ceremony in Houston Monday. Parker, whose election as the first openly gay mayor of a major American city drew worldwide attention, was joined on the stage by her partner, Kathy Hubbard.
"I spoke on election night of that being an historic election," she told an audience at the Wortham Center downtown. "In truth, Houstonians weren’t very surprised that a gay woman was elected. We have a tradition of electing mayors not for who they are but for what they believe they can do as a city."
Parker paused, and said she wanted to address fellow gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Houstonians.
"I understand how much this day means to you," she said. "I can feel your excitement and joy, but I can also feel your apprehension and longing for acceptance. I will gladly carry you forward, but today is simply one step toward a tomorrow of greater justice. Face the world with bravery and integrity. The pain is worth the trouble."