Well, well, well. The opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance are getting desperate.
Saturday afternoon they unleashed their robocalls in the ‘hood voiced by one of the sellout ministers in which even yours truly and my mom received. Later that night they rolled out their message from Mike Huckabee
Then I wake up this morning to an anti-HERO ad being broadcast on Majic 102 in heavy rotation, and I smiled.
The haters are getting desperate. Not only is time not on their side, neither are the polling numbers. People support the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Despite the robocalls and the radio ads on Black radio station 85% of my community supports the HERO despite the Pastor’s Council cynically sticking Black pastors out there as their surrogates to unleash the anti-trans hate as Dave Welch and Dave Wilson smile from the background.
Let’s be real here, the people they have been attacking for the last two weeks are the Houston trans community. They have no legitimate argument they can deploy to oppose the HERO, and all they have at this point is ‘fear and smear’
In fact, your unbridled hate and lies are our best arguments for why the HERO needs to pass.
Their last minute attacks, their Tuesday rally at City Hall won’t change the fact that LULAC, the NAACP, the Urban League, the Greater Houston partnership and business community, Harris County’s elected officials such as Sheriff Adrian Garcia, state Reps Garnet Coleman, Jessica Farrar, state Senators Rodney Ellis and John Whitmire, progressive pastors, and fair minded Houstonians are on our side.
In the words of Nelson Mandela, ‘any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.’
The haters are well on their way to doing precisely that, and I hope to see something positively historic happen for my hometown on Wednesday with passage of the HERO.