Gender Liberation Is Steadily Increasing

The first elected openly gay mayor of a U.S. city with over a million residents

Annise Danette Parker (born May 17, 1956) is an American politician and the mayor of Houston since January 2, 2010. She served as an at-large member of the Houston City Council from 1998 to 2003 and city controller from 2004 to 2009.

Parker is Houston’s second female mayor, and the first elected gay mayor of a major U.S. city

Thinking Differently About What’s Valuable

Time banks

Even in the midst of the recession, Portland, Maine, has a bank that’s generating an unusual amount of wealth. It’s a time bank called Hour Exchange Portland (HEP) and the wealth is an alternative currency called “time dollars.” Spend an hour doing something for somebody else; deposit an hour into your time bank account as a time dollar. You now have one time dollar to spend on having someone do something for you. It’s a simple idea that can help neighbors weather the recession while building stronger communities.