On November 3, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure to protect Houston residents and visitors from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, will head to the ballot.  

HRC is proud to join our allies in Texas to launch Houston Unites, a broad and diverse coalition of advocacy groups, civil rights organizations, and others working together to defend HERO.  

Ahead of Election Day, here are five things you need to know about HERO: 

1. HERO protects people in employment, housing and business services on the basis of 15 different characteristics, including sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity and pregnancy.  

2. When HERO passed in 2014, it was supported by more than 80 current and former elected officials, community and non-profit organizations, major corporations, and more than 70 local faith leaders. 

3.  While Houston is the most diverse city in the country, it is also the only city of its size in the country lacking an equal rights ordinance. 

4. After HERO was signed into law, the Texas legislature introduced an unprecedented onslaught of more than 20 anti-LGBT bills.  

5. Because turnout in these elections is historically extremely low and opponents of equality will be highly mobilized, every vote will count.  

Pledge your commitment to vote in Houston this November to keep the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, contribute to the campaign today and learn more about Houston Unites and HERO here.

Pol. Adv. Human Rights Campaign

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