The Houston Chronicle profiled new Houston Mayor Annise Parker today. Her election made Houston the biggest U.S. city with an openly gay mayor.
Among the biographical tidbits is a note about her time in Charleston as a teenager struggling to understand her sexuality.
As a senior at R.B. Stall High School in Charleston, S.C., she was a high jumper and long jumper on the women's track team and a member of the school's Ecology Club, National Honor Society and Christian Youth Fellowship. She graduated in 1974, won a coveted National Merit Scholarship and enrolled at Rice University, the only college she had ever wanted to attend.
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