Houston Mayor Annise Parker addressed the California Democratic Party convention this weekend, providing the crowd with an inspirational speech on how Democrats win in red states, even when seemingly facing all odds against them.
But first, she thanked Californians for allowing her to marry her partner of over 23 years this January.
After taking a jab at Rick Perry and Texas Republicans, Parker, the country's first openly LGBT mayor of one of the ten largest cities in the US, dove straight into personal matters regarding LGBT equality. She thanked the state of California once again for paving the way nationally in ensuring the safety of trans children in our schools.
“I've been a lesbian activist for 40 years, and it's hard to break a habit,” said Parker. “And I have been saying for 40 years, there is no such thing as the gay agenda. But I'm here to tell you that that is not true. There is a gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender agenda, and I'm going to tell you what it is.”
“We want to be able to go to school in safety. We want to be able to serve our country honorably. We want to be able to work at jobs we love so that we can pay taxes to the country that sustains us,” continued saying Parker. “And we want to protect the relationships and families that nurture us. That is the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender agenda.”
Parker went on to describe how Democrats like herself have won major victories in red states. And, how despite facing the same obstacles, Wendy Davis can ultimately become our next governor of Texas. Parker also argued that as Democrats, we need to reclaim back from Republicans important values that are true to our party's core — those of faith, family values, and freedom — because we are the party that respects and upholds these values, not the Republican Party.