Post submitted by Adam Bradley, HRC Commmunications Intern

This week, Houston mayoral candidate Ben Hall made his first statements on LGBT equality, coming out in staunch opposition to a non-discrimination ordinance in the city.

In an interview on the KUHF radio show Houston Matters, Hall—whose campaign slogan is “Hall for All”—doubled down on homophobic statements by a caller to the show. The caller expressed indignation at Mayor Annise Parker’s 2010 executive order protecting transgender city employees from discrimination.

Hall agreed, announcing that he believes it is unacceptable for transgender people who are “anatomically another gender” to be treated as the gender they identify with. He also denounced an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, calling homosexuality a “lifestyle choice.”

Meanwhile, Annise Parker—Houston’s first openly gay elected official—has worked tirelessly and effectively to improve the lives of all Houstonians, including the LGBT community. She began her career as president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, and has endorsed marriage equality and a full non-discrimination ordinance as mayor.

HRC is proud to endorse Parker for re-election—especially in light of this toxic speech from her opponent.

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