It’s a precarious time for all of American Politics, which almost goes without saying in 2017. But there may be no other segment which feels that precariousness quite like the LGBT community. From historic highs like the election of Danica Roem, one of the nation’s first openly transgender state legislators, to an empowered push for discriminatory legislation, the year has been a tough one to navigate.
But if any politician knows how to traverse troubled waters, one would certainly consider Houston’s Former Mayor Annise Parker. Which may be part of the reasoning behind today’s big news. Here’s more from John Wright of OutSmart Magazine…
Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker is set to become CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Victory Institute, the Washington, D.C.-based organizations that work to elect and train openly LGBTQ candidates nationwide.
The announcement was made Friday morning, Dec. 8, during the organization’s International LGBTQ Leaders Conference, when CEO Aisha Moodie-Mills said she is stepping down and that Parker will replace her.
Speaking by phone from the conference, Parker told OutSmart that the move “happened quickly,” after she received a phone call last week.
“I have a passion for this work, and the stars aligned,” she said.
Here’s the official press release from the Victory Fund website.
Elected 3 times to lead the nation’s fourth largest city, Annise Parker’s time as Mayor brought more than a fair share of legislative accomplishments, and some controversy. But as a Red State Democrat and common-sense pragmatist with a long record of working across party lines, Parker brings many qualities which should serve the Victory Fund well in their goal to increase LGBT voices across all levels of government.
Congratulations to Mayor Parker on this exciting new opportunity to impact national politics. Victory Fund will be a place to watch in the coming years.