More ParkerMania Continues: An Obama Phone Call, Roller-Skating Drag Queens

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The media fallout from Annise Parker's mayoral victory continues to roll in.

President Barack Obama called to congratulate her (he didn't mention the gay angle), but he called while she was giving an interview to Fox 26. And really, what's more important, Obama or Fox 26? So he left a voice message. We strongly encourage you to click the link and view the Fox report, if only for the bail-bonds advertisement that proceeds it.

Other points being debated on the blogosphere involve how to ID Parker -- is she the first gay mayor of a major U.S. city? Don't tell that to Portland, Oregon, the residents of which -- bless their little hearts -- insist they, too are a big city, darnit. (Just one that isn't all that big, we guess.) And don't get New Yorkers started on Ed Koch.

So the proper ID, it seems, would be "the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city that has more than a million people, for crissake" Tough for headlines, but accurate.

The victory also brought this picture of Houston, via the Washington Post.
In the paper's political blog, Kevin Huffman writes:
 
With Annise Parker's win on Saturday, Houston became the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor. Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country and is thought to have the sixth-largest openly gay population among all American cities. When I lived there in the '90s, in the same Montrose neighborhood where Parker lives now, the city didn't exactly fit Northeastern stereotypes of conservative, big-hat-and-buckle-wearing Texas. I remember sitting in a neighborhood sports bar one night when a half-dozen men in drag, and wearing roller blades, came in for the football game. People scarcely looked up from the TV.
To be fair, it was probably during the David Carr era, and you didn't want to miss a second of that action.
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