Houston voters have made history -- electing the city's first openly gay mayor.
Annise Parker seized 53.6 percent of the vote in the hotly contested election.
Former city attorney Gene Locke conceded defeat after parker had built an unbeatable led.
Parker says her administration will be about "transforming the lives of all Houstonians for the better."
Parker has never made a secret or an issue of her sexual orientation. But that orientation became focus of the race after anti-gay activists and conservative religious groups endorsed the 61-year-old Locke.
Locke tried to distance himself from the anti-gay attacks and condemned the divisive rhetoric. But two of his key supporters contributed money to a group that sent out an anti-gay mailer earlier this month.