Here & Now: Houston Residents Vote On Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Tomorrow

Houston’s broad-ranging anti-discrimination bill may fail to pass because of vociferous critics who say it would let transgender people use public bathrooms that conform to their gender identities.

gender-neutral bathroom sign
A anti-discrimination ordinance is up for a vote in Houston. Because it prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, critics have come out loudly against it, saying it will let trans people use bathrooms of their choosing. (Ted Eytan/Flickr)


Voters in Houston, Texas, are divided over a ballot question aimed at preventing any discrimination in areas such as housing and employment.

But the bill has caused an uproar because critics say it would let transgender people use bathrooms that align with their gender identity.

The bill includes language prohibiting any discrimination in the use of public accommodations.

Houston’s mayor, who backs the bill, and conservative pastors have been fighting over the anti-discrimination ordinance in court since the city council passed it last year.

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As a result, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, will be put before voters to decide.

News 88.7 reporter Florian Martin joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the impending vote.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

Business Reporter

Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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