It’s been a little more than 24 hours since the historic vote happened on the HERO, and I do thank everyone from around the world for the congratulations, well wishes and love you have sent my way concerning this historic human rights win for my hometown.
Y’all know as a proud Houstonian I have been gleefully celebrating the fact that my hometown is now listed in the over 180 jurisdictions, 17 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia which protect the human rights of all their citizens
While I appreciate the love, the media shout outs, and the thanks from all of you inside and outside Beltway 8 for standing up for all Houstonians human rights against the faith based haters, the fact remains I was just one of many Houstonians working together as part of a multicultural Team HERO to get it passed.
This HERO passage was a personal dream of mine I have pondered ever since I took that first plane ride to Washington DC nearly 16 years ago to participate in my first GenderPac Lobby Day. My activism is also based on the deceptively simple principle of leaving all the communities I intersect and interact with better than when I initially encountered them.
Fighting for passage of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was also the right and morally correct thing to do. Once that long awaited opportunity presented itself, I was going all out to make it a reality, even if that meant starting to appear in front of City Council to urge passage of a comprehensive human rights ordinance back in January before it was even introduced.
Discrimination’s time in H-town has expired and I want to keep it that way. As of May 28, 2014 we have a non-discrimination ordinance that protects the human rights of all Houstonians, and I’m exceedingly proud to say I played a role in making it happen.
How much I’ll leave to future historians to judge, but I will be able to proudly tell my nieces and my H-town trans brothers and transsisters I put my butt on the line and fought hard for them to have their human rights covered in their hometown.
So thank y’all for the HERO love.
The struggle for Houston human rights continues.