Today Houston Mayor Annise Parker introduced the Equal Rights Ordinance, which if passed, will protect all Houstonians from discrimination in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations. The proposed ordinance covers both public and private workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse released the following statement thanking Mayor Parker for her leadership on this legislation:
"It is far past time to protect the citizens of Houston from all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As the nation’s fourth largest city, Houston is an epicenter for business and culture. Cities thrive when all citizens feel welcome and part of the cultural fabric. Today, Mayor Parker told every Houstonian that they are a valued part of the city’s future."
HRC is proud to have played a role in the introduction of the Equal Rights Ordinance. HRC mobilized its members and supporters in Houston to contact their leaders and express their support of the ordinance.
HRC will continue to work with Mayor Parker and other city leaders to ensure Houston is a leader in LGBT equality.
Pictured HRC President Chad Griffin and Houston Mayor Annise Parker at HRC Houston Gala in April 2014.