A day of progress for LGBT community

The administration makes two interesting moves, and a mayor is sworn in


Alex Koppelman
January 5, 2010 4:16AM (UTC)

All in all, Monday was a pretty good day for the LGBT community. Despite the reason the Obama administration has given gay activists to be upset, the administration made two fairly significant moves to the benefit of the community. And Texas' biggest city swore in a lesbian as mayor.

President Obama actually named Amanda Simpson as a senior technical advisor to the Commerce Department before Monday, but the news that Simpson is transgendered and serves on the board of directors of the National Center for Transgender Equality just came out. Similarly, a decades-old ban that kept those infected with HIV or AIDS from traveling to the U.S. was lifted on Monday.

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Finally, Houston got a new mayor, Annise Parker. According to the Houston Chronicle, Parker is "the first openly gay woman elected mayor of a major American city."


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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