All Points Bulletin: The Houston Mayoral runoff takes place this Saturday, December 12th and Annise Parker needs you help!
Who is Annise Parker? She is a highly qualified candidate to be Houston's next mayor, and she happens to be an out lesbian. She finished in first place in the November election, but she did not get over 50%, so she has a runoff election against the runner-up, Gene Locke.
Learn more about Annise at these links:
This race is huge for LGBT people all across the United States. If elected, Annise Parker will become mayor of Houston, the USA's fourth largest city.
Despite the recent setbacks at the ballot box on the issue of marriage equality, openly gay and lesbian candidates have made some real strides this year, including last Tuesday, when Simone Bell became the first openly lesbian African American elected to a state legislature. On the same night, Alex Wan became the first openly gay Asian American elected official in Georgia when he was elected to Atlanta's City Council.
The race in Houston is tight. The recent Zogby poll showed Annise Parker with a small lead, with a large percentage of voters "undecided."
She needs our help to win this election. Here's what you can do:
If you live in or near Houston, contact the campaign directly by going to the campaign office or by giving them a call. Annise's "contact us" page with all the details is here.
If you do not live in the Houston area, you can still phone bank from home. To get more info, email us here at the Gayborhood Times and we'll pass you info on to a phone bank coordinator. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org (Include your name and phone number, as well as a Twitter or Facebook ID if you have one, and we'll get you all set up.) The system is easy-to-use and we'll provide you with all the info you need to get started. All you need is the script we give you and a telephone with touch tone capability.