The Caucus Issues a Statement on HERO

August 17, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

The Caucus Releases its Statement on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO)

“The Caucus expresses its continued support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO)”

HOUSTON, TEXAS—The Houston GLBT Political Caucus expresses its continued support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), an ordinance that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.  Further, we denounce any effort to repeal the HERO ordinance, which protects fifteen (15) characteristics including race, ability, gender identity, pregnancy, military status, and sexual orientation.   

            Even in 2015, we are acutely aware that discrimination exists in America. Even while Marriage Equality is now an American reality, a Gay or Transgender person is still at risk of being fired or evicted from their home because of who they are.  Legal discrimination exists, which is why the HERO is necessary.  Over 200 people of various races, genders, and faith backgrounds have testified at City Hall in favor of a nondiscrimination ordinance, illustrating the need for HERO- the need for a local remedy when discrimination occurs.        

            On August 8, 2015, the Caucus membership unanimously voted to support HERO and empowered the board to defend HERO. All of our endorsed candidates have promised to support HERO.  The Caucus will be in the trenches to support, protect, and defend HERO, as it is our mission to make sure equality exists in our great city. 

           The Caucus meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.  The monthly meeting is held at the Montrose Center, Room 106, 401 Branard St.  Visitors are encouraged to attend the monthly meeting to learn more about the Caucus.  For more information about the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, Caucus events, or volunteer opportunities call 713-521-1000, email info@thecaucus.org, or visit our web site at www.theCaucus.org.

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