Let's face it: you think Texas, and you think cowboys, capital punishment, and conservativism (probably George Bush too). We forget just how complex - and increasingly cosmopolitan - America's largest state really is. Who would've thought, with these stereotypes in mind, that a Texas city would elect the first openly gay mayor in American history. I'm speaking of Houston, the US's 4th largest city, and of Annise Parker, a open Lesbian who won over her (black) opponent. She is also the only women to lead one of the country's 10 largest cities. Of course, for anyone that knows Houston, this isn't that surprising. It has the largest Nigerian community in the country, as well as one of the largest Indian and Pakistan ones too. Two Chinatowns and a Hispanic community of 40% further reinforce it's multiculturalism. Heck, over 90 languages are spoken within it's city limits, and, go figure, it has one of the largest Gay and Lesbian communities as well. What's remarkable is that her sexuality was never even really brought up during the campaign. Truly, we should give Texas - and America - a lot more credit than we do. It's not a massive step, but it's certainly something Texans - so used to their 'hardliner' identity - should be proud of.