Opposition to Proposition 1 leaves Houston with little LGBT support

Connor Reddington, Reporter

There’s been a ton of controversy in recent news about LGBT rights through government action. On Nov. 3, when another potential milestone in the LGBT rights movement could have been set, the community of Houston voted in negation of Proposition 1.

Prop 1, also known as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity—which currently isn’t covered by federal anti-discrimination laws—especially “in city employment, city services, city contracting practices, housing, public accommodations, and private employment.” HERO would have also made discrimination based on sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, genetic information and pregnancy illegal in the city’s code. Additionally, it would have made breaking the ordinance a class C misdemeanor with potential to be fined up to $500 for each offense.

Why did it fail? Well, campaigns in opposition of the ordinance deemed it the “Bathroom Ordinance,”  citing that lenience of gender definitions could allow male sexual predators to corner victims in the bathroom. Proponents of the Ordinance, however, state that these claims focus too strongly on one small potentially negative outcome.