CNN's Fredricka Whitfield interviewed Houston Mayor-Elect Annise Parker on the day after her historical and decisive Saturday victory.
Says the mayor-elect: "I have been elected city-wide in Houston six previous times. The voters know me, the voters trust me, they have a lot of data points on me. Even though there was an onslaught of ... negative campaigning towards the end, voters were able to see past that." Parker was referring to ugly attacks from pastors who who questioned her "homosexual agenda" and the tens of thousands of vicious mailings sent to residents.
Parkers adds: "What I hope that this election signals is something larger than me and the GLBT community. It's that Houston is a wonderful diverse international city that values people for what they can do more than who they are."
Watch the interview AFTER THE JUMP ...