I had no idea that the election of the first openly gay mayor of a major US city happened in Houston, Texas of all places. And this is her second term, having been first elected to that post in 2009 although she has held other elected posts in the city, such as city councilor and city controller, since 1998.
Considering that Houston, the fourth largest city in the US, is in one of the most reactionary and conservative states in the country, it is quite a remarkable thing that so many people were willing to ignore her sexuality and vote for her so that she won quite handily. I have never lived in Texas but have been told by many that Austin is the only enclave of reasonableness in that state but maybe Houston needs to be added to the list.
Stephen Colbert interviewed Parker recently.
(This clip appeared on July 18, 2012. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)