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WATCH: Annise Parker's Victory speech in Houston Mayoral Race


Here's the victory speech Annise Parker delivered after last night's decisive and historic win: "Parker coasted to a comfortable victory with 52.8 percent of the vote to 47.2 percent for Locke. Turnout was 16.5 percent."

Said Parker: "This election has changed the world for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Just as it is about transforming the lives of all Houstonians for the better. And that's what my administration will be about."


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  1. Houston, we have a Lesbian! YAY!

    Posted by: Gil in LB | Dec 13, 2009 9:58:53 AM

  2. It was great to be there last night and listen to her acceptance speech. The crowd was diverse and it was a good reflection of everyone who helped to get her elected. It was very moving.

    Posted by: Timmy | Dec 13, 2009 10:13:28 AM

  3. For those on this blog who have constantly bashed Texas politics wait ... here it comes ... Houston is the largest city to elect an openly gay candidate as mayor. Yes, we do some things right in Texas. Congrats to Parker for her victory.

    Posted by: RBearSAT | Dec 13, 2009 11:24:49 AM

  4. This is tuly a milestone. In Houston of all places, the virulently homophobic rhetoric failed, and a gay candidate was elected on merit. Congratulations Annise!

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 13, 2009 11:42:39 AM

  5. YeeHaw! See folks, my homestate ain't all that bad. Ya'll c'mon down and we'll have a good ole fajita cookout to celebrate the occasion.

    Seriously, CONGRATULATIONS Annise! We need more visible leaders just like you. One step backwards for racist fucks like Gov. Rick Perry and one giant leap for the GLBT community!

    Posted by: Keith | Dec 13, 2009 12:22:26 PM

  6. Wonderful. A family Gal! Wholesome and American. Bravo!

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Dec 13, 2009 1:03:04 PM

  7. Yay! My hometown elected an out lesbian! And even better, she's an alum of my alma mater, Rice University!

    Posted by: Eric | Dec 13, 2009 2:32:28 PM

  8. A lesbian elected mayor? We all know what happens next. Here comes the beastiality and pedophilia!

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | Dec 13, 2009 5:02:23 PM

  9. She's amazing... and everyone knows that a lesbian is gonna do a hell of a job... I know in a life-threatening situation, I'd want a lesbian to have my back. And not only that, but girl's got some style... check out that glittering gold metallic jacket, and the use of the Neutraface font on her campaign signs... she's got some cool gay men in her team, that's for sure! Go Houston!

    Posted by: graphicjack | Dec 13, 2009 11:08:32 PM

  10. Keith : That's why gays in Manhattan, San Francisco, Vermont, and a few other places HATE news like this. It goes against everything they've already decided to pretend amongst themselves about the way things are.

    Posted by: JT | Dec 14, 2009 7:29:19 AM

  11. Speak for yourself, JT. This gay guy in VT LOVES news like this. So much for that presumption.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 14, 2009 10:15:52 AM

  12. b4 every1 gets all cheery about taxas, they should be reminded that the metropolitan areas have been fairly liberal for a while. dallas has elected a black male dem and a white female dem as mayor, san antonio has a 36 y.o. latino dem mayor whose twin brother is in the texas lege, austin has been lib for quite some time. however, texas helped "dubya" defeat ann richards and foisted him onto the u.s. and the world. most of texas is very red-neck conservative. just like georgia and louisiana belie the liberal nature of their large cities, so does texas.

    Posted by: nic | Dec 14, 2009 12:17:00 PM

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