Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
This afternoon, the No Unequal Rights Coalition plans to deliver the necessary signatures gathered to put the recently passed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) on the ballot this November.
The Houston City Council passed HERO in May by a vote of 11 to 6. The ordinance, which was introduced by Mayor Annise Parker in April extends critical protections to transgender individuals to ensure they are afforded the respectful, safe access to places of public accommodation to which they and all people are entitled, will protect all Houstonians from discrimination in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations.
Workers in both the public and private sectors will be protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, genetic information, and pregnancy.
HRC will continue to work alongside Mayor Parker and other city leaders as well as Equality Texas, ACLU-Texas, Houston GLBT Political Caucus, Log Cabin Republicans, Out & Equal, Texas Freedom Network and Texans Together to protect this ordinance and ensure that there is no discrimination in our nation's fourth largest city.