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Transgender Houstonians, and Chef Robert Del Grande: Tuesday’s Show (May 24, 2016)

Posted on · Between last year’s Houston Equal Rights Ordinance saga and political back-and-forth these days in North Carolina, the word transgender has been in the news for quite some time now, often coupled with misconceptions or hateful accusations. But what does it really mean to be transgender in Greater Houston today? On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Challenge Falls Short: Houston Matters for Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Posted on · Late Monday, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman announced opponents of the recently-passed non-discrimination ordinance fell short of the signatures required to trigger a November vote to consider repealing the measure. While they had gathered enough raw signatures, thousands were on pages not collected based on the city charter’s legal standards and […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Challenge Update and Ethnic Food Markets: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 10, 2014

Posted on · Last week, opponents of Houston’s recently-passed non-discrimination ordinance turned in signatures to a petition calling for a November vote to consider repealing the measure. 17,269 signatures are needed from registered Houston voters in order to trigger such a vote. Opponents turned in 50,000, but they are all subject to verification over the next month, and […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Passes, Car Break-ins, and Homelessness: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 29, 2014

Posted on · Houston’s City Council Wednesday passed the long-debated Equal Rights Ordinance, which extends equal rights protections to gay and transgender Houstonians. The vote had been delayed, in part, to offer more time for public comment, including some nine hours of discussion Wednesday. Ultimately, though, the council passed the ordinance by a vote of 11 to 6. Mayor […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance, Texas Influence in Washington, and Tintype Photography: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 8, 2014

Posted on · The Houston City Council Wednesday delayed for a week a vote on the proposed Equal Rights Ordinance, while members review various amendments to the proposed measure. If approved, the ordinance would ban discrimination based on sex, race, age, and religion, and expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents. It would apply to private businesses, […]

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LGBT in Houston, Children’s Health, and Houston Sports: Houston Matters for Monday, January 27, 2014

Posted on · Later this week, Houston will host the Creating Change 2014 Conference. It’s the largest national gathering of activists, organizers and leaders in the LGBT movement. In advance of the conference, on this edition of Houston Matters, we will explore developments in city and statewide policies impacting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community, including non-discrimination, same sex marriage, and […]