Houston’s Mayor reminds us what REALLY makes a family

By design, politicians are public figures. They are used to cameras, the press, and definitely get used to the sound of hearing themselves talk. But as public as people like Houston Annise Parker can be, it is rare that she has been so candid about her personal life. The nation probably knows that she is openly gay, and they know that she won an historic victory as the first openly gay person elected mayor of large American city. And that’s probably about it.

But in a rare speech to the Coalition for the Homeless, Mayor Parker opens up about her family experience with the struggles of homelessnesses, and about the story of her wonderful family. All three of the mayor’s children are adopted (though only two legally) and all are African-American. In this speech, she shares the story of how she and partner Kathy Hubbard (THE First Lady of Houston) came to know their son. He’s not legally adopted, but they consider him family just the same.

As the Mayor reminds us in this speech, genetics are not the only factor that determine a family. Like her and her partner, many same-sex couples are providing homes for children that may otherwise be homeless. They open their life and their family to them. It’s one of the most loving and noble acts one could ask to be done. It’s speeches like this one that make me truly proud to be a Houstonian.

Texoblogosphere: Blog News 4/12/13

Besides Texas Leftist, be sure to check out these blogs to keep up to speed with the Lone Star State.

The Texas Progressive Alliance has seen what Battleground Texas wants to do and is ready to do its part as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff is railing about new possibilities for High-Speed Rail to connect Dallas and Houston. The case for developing it gets stronger every day.

Dos Centavos rightly points out that the push to drug test poor Texans is not only discriminatory, but will likely keep encourage the very sour morals it seeks to legislate away from.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson posts on the budget debate in the House this week, and the fact that there was little discussion of what Texans really need, Still trying to find a way in…the budget version.

At TexasKaos, Libby Shaw explains why Senator Cruz Brings Plenty of Spite But No Bacon. Check it out.

The Republicans in the Texas House passed an amendment that kinda sorta endorsed the spirit of Medicaid expansion, but within a few hours got ‘corrected’ by their lobbyists and rescinded it. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs kind sorta expected that.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notes that Rick Perry implies Mexicans shot the Texas DAs. Didn’t Perry get the Reince Priebus memo about gratuitous racist eruptions?


And here are some blog posts of interest from elsewhere in Texas.

The Lunch Tray is a Food Blogger Against Hunger.

Bob Cavnar explains some lesser known dangers of fracking.

Juanita Jean has a question for the queen of True The Vote.

Texas Vox says that the pipeline spill in Arkansas calls into question the viability of converting other older pipelines for transporting tar sands.

Equality Texas reminds us that it’s always a good idea to get to know your legislator.

Jason Stanford has a strategy for coping with the STAAR tests.

Austin Contrarian publishes a response from Sen. Kirk Watson to an earlier post about one of his bills.

Raise Your Hand Texas outlines an agenda for real school reform.

Harold Cook channels William Travis.

And finally, we wish fellow blogger Katy Anders a peaceful but not too lengthy sabbatical.