Video: Mayor Annise Parker Talks Candidly About Growing Up Gay

This week,, a website that focuses on the lives of everyday gays, features Houston mayor Annise Parker. On camera, mayor Parker beautifully describes her experiences as a young lesbian and struggling to go on dates. In her trademark honest delivery Parker tells us about being 15, falling in love and finding "ways to sneak around and see each other." She and her girlfriend would go on double-dates with guys to the movies and figure out a way to sit next to each other. They even had an old-school-style, long-distance relationship while in college--the kind that cost a fortune before cellphones.

Anyways, Ms. Parker says she would never want to be 15 again: She remembers the "many evenings spent 'sitting in the dark, staring up at her window - hours and hours at a time.'" We agree with her: No thanks to all that longing!

Unfortunately, even today, many gays still have to go on double dates to spend time with each other.

Click ahead for the video.

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