With less than two weeks until Election Day in Houston, two openly gay athletes announced their support for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).

Retired NBA athlete Jason Collins, who spoke at HRC’s National Dinner earlier this month, tweeted his support. 

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL and the winner of HRC’s Upstander Award, announced his support in an email for HRC.

“I know first-hand what it feels like to be unwelcome – to live an open and authentic life in a place where you can be ostracized or even discriminated against for simply being yourself,” Sam wrote.“That's why as a Texas native I was thrilled when Houston passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) last year... and equally disappointed when opponents petitioned for its repeal this year. Now it's on the ballot and it’s up to all of us to protect Houstonians from discrimination.”

HERO protects Houston residents and visitors from discrimination in housing, employment and business services on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion and 11 other characteristics. 

Early voting began on October 19 and ends on Friday, October 30. To find a polling location near you or to learn how to vote by mail, check out the Houston Unites' Election Center. If you are voting in Texas, whether on Election Day or voting early in person, you’ll need to take an unexpired government-issued photo identification.

“We cannot let a city as beautiful and diverse as Houston revert to being the largest city in the country without non-discrimination protections,” Sam concluded. “Protect Houston. Protect HERO.”

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Pol. Adv. Human Rights Campaign

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