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Is Houston Really Less LGBTQ Friendly Than Other Texas Cities?

The Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization promoting LGBTQ equality, recently unveiled a sort of equality scorecard, which found Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio all fare better than Houston when it comes to being LGBTQ friendly. And it’s not just because the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was voted down last year. To […]

Credit: Vicky Charleston, HPM, Creative ServicesThe Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization promoting LGBTQ equality, recently unveiled a sort of equality scorecard, which found Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio all fare better than Houston when it comes to being LGBTQ friendly. And it’s not just because the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was voted down last year.

To learn why we scored so low, we talk with the Human Rights Campaign’s Cathryne Oakley about the organization’s Municipal Equality Index.

Then, we discuss what Houston’s lower score suggests about whether we’re a truly LGBTQ-friendly city with PFLAG’s Michael Byrum-Bratsen, Danielle Bartz from the city’s Boards and Commissions Office, and Kris Banks, a special assistant to Mayor Sylvester Turner.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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