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Old 12-12-2009, 10:56 PM
 
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Is Texas moving "Left"?
I'm surprised that Houston is the first city to elect an openly gay mayor in Texas, I would have thought it would be Austin.

Houston Is Largest City to Elect Openly Gay Mayor - NY Times - Dec 12, 2009
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Old 12-12-2009, 11:01 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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Is Texas moving "Left"?
I'm surprised that Houston is the first city to elect an openly gay mayor in Texas, I would have thought it would be Austin.

Houston Is Largest City to Elect Openly Gay Mayor - NY Times - Dec 12, 2009
It's the Austin stereotype. I'd say Houston is more liberal than Austin. Austin has taken things from Houston (for example, the Art Car Parade). Houston is the largest city in America to elect an openly gay/lesbian mayor, actually.
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Old 12-12-2009, 11:18 PM
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Location: Ohio
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Is Texas moving "Left"?
For anyone interested, there's a thread in General US that's asking whether this election outcome means that US cities are moving to the left. It's plowing some of the same ground as this thread might have, if it had been opened a few days sooner.
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Old 12-12-2009, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Is Texas moving "Left"?
I'm surprised that Houston is the first city to elect an openly gay mayor in Texas, I would have thought it would be Austin.

Houston Is Largest City to Elect Openly Gay Mayor - NY Times - Dec 12, 2009
Well you thought wrong......
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Well you thought wrong......
That's simply because there's this perception by people who aren't from Texas that Austin isn't Texas, just like Houston is Texas, just like Dallas is Texas, just like San Antonio is Texas, just like El Paso is Texas.

Austin is Texas. It's not all that different from the rest of Texas, no matter how much people want to think that it is so they can maintain their prejudices against the state. "Well, if you step one foot outside the city limits of Austin, there's nothing but rednecks (used prejoratively)." Nothing could be further from the truth.

This does not mean that Texas is moving "left". It simply means that there's a lot more to Texas than folks who don't "get" the state see (or acknowledge, depending).
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:07 AM
 
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... "Well, if you step one foot outside the city limits of Austin, there's nothing but rednecks (used prejoratively)." Nothing could be further from the truth.
I don't believe that,
the reason I said that is because I think (guessing) that if a gay person was going to pick a city in Texas to live their first choice would be Austin.

Again, that's just a guess.
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I don't believe that,
the reason I said that is because I think (guessing) that if a gay person was going to pick a city in Texas to live their first choice would be Austin.

Again, that's just a guess.
Then why do Dallas and Houston have much larger and more vibrant gay communities?

I dont think Houston electing a gay mayor means Texas is moving left. Her fiscal view are very conservative. It just means that most people here dont really care about sexual orientation and can get past it to find the best person for the job
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Then why do Dallas and Houston have much larger and more vibrant gay communities?

I dont think Houston electing a gay mayor means Texas is moving left. Her fiscal view are very conservative. It just means that most people here dont really care about sexual orientation and can get past it to find the best person for the job
Couple of things. First, the gay folks that I know that live in the Austin area are happy here because they are considered just like anyone else, they're just people like everyone else, and so the size of the gay community here is a bit harder to detect for that reason. We don't expect people, just because they're gay, to "flaunt it" any more than we expect people to have "Heterosexual Pride" parades - it's really none of our business, when you get right down to it. What's more important is what kind of neighbors, employees/employers, friends, they are - or what kind of public officials.

Second, yes, absolutely YES, to your last sentence, which applies to Texas, not just Houston.

Third, curiousity demands, what do you mean by "vibrant"?

There IS a reason that the largest city in America to elect an openly gay mayor is in Texas. That's it.
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Get a clue. You don't have to be a democrat to elect a gay person or to even be a gay person. Plenty of gay elected officials in Texas and gay people just enjoying normal lives.
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I don't believe that,
the reason I said that is because I think (guessing) that if a gay person was going to pick a city in Texas to live their first choice would be Austin.
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Honestly? Where do people come up with this bunk?
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