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Topic: HERO

New Houston LGBT chamber of commerce forms Houston Business Journal  •  February 19, 2016 “There’s an LGBT chamber of commerce in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas,” Wallace said. “Yet we don’t have one in Houston. Being one of the largest cities in the country, we need a chamber.” The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce will have a soft launch Feb.
Dallas won’t follow Houston on equal rights Chuck Smith, Executive Director, Equality Texas  •  December 17, 2015 2015 has been a landmark year for marriage equality in the United States, but that’s small comfort for the man who was robbed, beaten with a baseball bat and called homophobic slurs by four men in Dallas in September. That’s why equal rights laws such as Dallas’ are more importan
No Evidence Yet of Backlash to Houston HERO Vote Texas Tribune  •  November 12, 2015 Just hours after it became clear that Houston’s non-discrimination ordinance, HERO, would be trounced at the polls last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker predicted a “direct, economic backlash” for the city, akin to criticism and boycott threats in Arizona and Indiana following similar cont
Houston Tourism Sees First Impact After HERO Fallout Houston Business Journal  •  November 10, 2015 in the days following HERO’s overwhelming defeat in the polls Nov. 3, Mike Waterman, president of the Greater Houston Conventions and Visitors Bureau, has been a busy man. “The concern now is that we’re the only major city in Texas that doesn’t have an equal rights ordinance,
Anti-LGBT Hate Group Vows ‘Texas-Sized Response’ After Dallas Strengthens Transgender Protections Towleroade  •  November 10, 2015 An anti-LGBT hate group that helped repeal Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance is vowing to do the same in Dallas after the City Council voted Tuesday to strengthen transgender protections. A week after HERO was repealed, the Dallas council members voted unanimously to list gender identity and expr
The Anti-Trans Bathroom Nightmare Has Its Roots in Racial Segregation Slate  •  November 10, 2015 The conservative idea that civil rights protections sexually endanger women and children in public bathrooms is not new. In fact, conservative sexual thought has been in the toilet since the 1940s. During the World War II era, conservatives began employing the idea that social equality for African-A
Houston Voters Reject Broad Anti-Discrimination Ordinance New York Times  •  November 3, 2015 HOUSTON — A yearlong battle over gay and transgender rights that turned into a costly, ugly war of words between this city’s lesbian mayor and social conservatives ended Tuesday as voters easily repealed an anti-discrimination ordinance that had attracted attention from the White House, sports f
Actress Urges Houston Voters To Pass Nondiscrimination Ordinance KWTX  •  October 29, 2015 HOUSTON (October 29, 2015) Actress Sally Field says that as a mother of a gay son, she hopes Houston voters will pass a nondiscrimination ordinance on Tuesday. Field, whose mother was born in Houston, says the ordinance also would protect women, minorities, veterans and the disabled from discrim
New Slate of Anti-HERO Radio Ads Hitting Airwaves FOX 26  •  September 10, 2015 HOUSTON – Everyday Houstonians are about to get an ear full. That’s because opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance are hitting early and hitting hard. “It’s not just a violation of privacy. It’s sickening and puts children at risk,” said former school p
This Texan Shattered The Right’s Favorite Anti-LGBT Talking Point During A Local News Interview Media Matters  •  September 9, 2015 An LGBT activist in Houston, Texas shut down a local TV news host’s misleading questions about the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, dismantling a right-wing lie about non-discrimination protections that has infected local and national media coverage of the fight for LGBT eq