This week, late night talk show hosts Seth Meyers and James Corden defended the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).

Late Night with Seth Meyerstook on the anti-equality campaign for spreading hateful messages and lies about the transgender community.

“That's right, opponents of the law claimed falsely that the bill would allow anyone of any gender to walk into any bathroom they wanted. The idea is known as the ‘bathroom myth’ and the anti-HERO ads focused heavily on it,” Meyers said. “So the ads focused exclusively on the bathroom issue even though the law had nothing to do with that. There's also no evidence that this has ever been a problem in places that do have these laws. But unfortunately the ads worked … More importantly, the idea that you could go into a bathroom and do anything other than use the toilet is already illegal in Houston.”

HERO, which protected Houston residents and visitors from discrimination in housing, employment and business services on the basis of 15 different characteristics, lost at the ballot box on Tuesday. Houston is the only city of its size in the country lacking an equal rights ordinance. 

"At the end of the day campaigns like the one in Houston are powerful reminders that for LGBTQ people there is still a lot more work to be done," Meyers concluded.

James Corden of The Late Late Show also had plenty to say about the rejection of HERO.

“By far, one of the most important votes happened in Houston, Texas, where citziens voted to repeal an equal rights provision that offered protections to transgender people,” Corden explained. “More importantly, a man who transitions to a woman and wants to use the women’s restroom isn’t a man using the women’s restroom. She’s a woman, using the women’s restroom.” 

Following the repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, HRC President Chad Griffin sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to request an emergency meeting to discuss the future of non-discrimination protections in the city. Super Bowl LI is scheduled to take place in Houston in 2017. 

Learn more about HERO here.


Pol. Adv. Human Rights Campaign

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