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  • Houston Voters Reject HERO After Despicable 'Bathroom' Scare Campaign

    After Right-wing Christian groups stoked voters' fear with purposely misleading "bathroom" ads, citizens have rejected HERO - the city's anti-discrimination ordinance.  

    HERO - the Houston city ordinance that would guarantee members of the LGBT community could not be discriminated against in matters of employment and housing - has gone down in flames lit by the religious right.

    HERO originally passed through a vote of the Houston city council, and was signed into law by the city's openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker. But a coalition of Christian clergy and anti-gay "family" organizations began a campaign to put the measure up for a popular vote. When the petition the anti-gay groups submitted turned out not to have the necessary number of voters' signatures to get the measure on the ballot, the groups brought suit. Eventually the Texas Supreme Court ruled the Houston City Council must either rescind the law, or put it up for a vote by the citizens of Houston.

    Watch: Houston Mayor Annise Parker Delivers Awesomely Hard-Hitting And Honest HERO Concession Speech

    hero.jpgFor their campaign to keep HERO from passing, the anti-gay groups decided to use a strategy that concentrated on the one element of the legislation that would allow transgender people to use the bathroom or lockerroom assigned to whatever sex they identify as. The anti-HERO groups unfairly stoked voter's fears, running TV ads insisting HERO would allow pedophiles to stalk girls in public restrooms. 

    "I will give full credit to the pastors and the anti-gay organizers here in Houston – they played it masterfully," Mayor Parker told Rolling Stone.

    HERO had the backing of the Houston business community and Hollywood celebrities, and President Obama and Hillary Clinton both spoke out in favor of its passage, but the "bathroom fear" turned out to be a more potent argument than the forces of enlightenment could overcome. 

    Now, because of religious intolerance, not only gay and transgender citizens, but Blacks, Muslims, military veterans, a about a dozen other categories of people will be left unprotected against bigotry, racism, and discrimination.

    "If you kill [HERO]," said Mayor Parker, you throw out all the local protection for the 13 other categories or characteristics."

    Those characteristics include sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, genetic information and pregnancy.  

    Good going Houston. Straight white Christians will sleep better tonight knowing their privilege is protected in Houston. 



    Feature Image is from Equal Rights Houston via Facebook

    "Bathroom" image is from Campaign for Houston via Facebook


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    • commented 2015-11-10 12:45:30 -0500
      I worked on the campaign. Here are the REAL reasons why the ordinance failed. http://thenewgayrights.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-truth-behind-defeat-of-houstons.html

    • commented 2015-11-04 20:54:42 -0500
      Sally, you’re pretty paranoid..
      Nobody attacks LGBT people. Unless they publicize their private lives and demand approval, trampling on the rights of others. Then the people whose faces they’ve been getting in fight back. And in Houston this time, the good guys won..

    • commented 2015-11-04 15:51:24 -0500
      Houston You have a problem. Once upon a time the only fear we had about using a public rest room was whether it was clean or not. Gas stations like Texaco may have put out a welcome sign for the use of their bathrooms, but thanks to some Transphobic Texans who successfully waged an aggressive fear mongering campaign, for the transgender community in Texas there is anything but a welcome. When it comes to LGBT rights there is no rest until the discrimination stops. http://envisioningtheamericandream.com/2015/11/04/there-are-no-heros-in-houston/

    • commented 2015-11-04 07:21:52 -0500
      From an e-mail/money beg from Chad Griffin:

      “Alongside the ACLU, NAACP, Equality Texas, and our local and national partners, as well as with local businesses and faith leaders, we formed Houston Unites to push back on the lies and attack ads. "

      And there’s the problem: the pro-equality groups were all about pushing back, as if they’ve learned nothing since Prop 8. You don’t wait and “push back” on a campaign like this — you come out swinging before the opposition can take a deep breath.

      And if the pro-equality camp aren’t prepared to start a petition drive to put HERO back on the ballot for next year, they really haven’t learned a thing.

    • commented 2015-11-04 03:29:49 -0500
      Ah White People, aren’t they just fucking lovely! White People Hate everyone, just ask them!

    • commented 2015-11-04 02:02:34 -0500
      Unfortunately it takes a few generations to breed bigotry out of a population. Sadly religion makes it take a lot longer. We must continue fighting for equal rights and being treated like citizens.

    • commented 2015-11-04 00:39:39 -0500
      Thank you, people of Houston, for doing what’s right and protecting the rights of all against the attack of a loudmouthed and dangerous minority..

    • commented 2015-11-04 00:27:01 -0500
      Here’s a petition for the NFL to yank the 2017 Super Bowl:

    • commented 2015-11-03 22:43:32 -0500
      Boy that was close. Houston came dangerously close to the 21st century.

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