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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.
Mesquite, Texas passes limited nondiscrimination ordinance Dallas Voice  •  December 18, 2015 The city’s ordinance protects applicants and recruits from discrimination based on a variety of classes, including sexual orientation and sexual identity. After reading the ordinance, McDonnell, had both criticism and praise for it. “It’s always good when a city adds nondiscrimination protecti
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
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 A week after HERO was repealed, the Dallas council members voted unanimously to list gender identity and expr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
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
Texas Anti-Trans Campaign Could Set The Stage For Michigan’s Own Civil Rights Battle Pride Source  •  September 10, 2015 A new advertisement running on radio stations throughout Houston, Texas — described as “vulgar” and “misleading” — could be a harbinger of what LGBT advocates in Michigan could face as the community gears up to finalize a strategy to amend the state’s non-di
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