Houston, the fourth largest city in America, is a multicultural city as the rest of America is becoming. Of the three people in the mayoral race, one is gay, one is black, and one is Hispanic. Annise Parker, a Lesbian and six-year member of the city council and six years as city controller, is in the lead. Whoever wins, the person will be a first in Houston. Twenty years ago no one would have believed such could possibly be. In addition, the President is black!
I taught in Houston for eighteen years and witnessed some of the change. One positive is that as people get to know those different from themselves, they lose their prejudices and become tolerant. My students did not think about black, white, Oriental, Hispanic. They saw classmates as people and as their friends. The young are far more tolerant of gays than the older generations are. More and more young people are coming out, and people are realizing that they are just people.
Ready or not you are witnessing a change in America--I say a change for the good.