Once again I made the trek to 901 Bagby Street and our art deco designed City Hall to speak at and attend another meeting concerning the HERO in front of the full council.
I was expecting it to be as contentious as the Quality of Life Committee hearing last week, but those expectations died because many of the misguided African-American pastors who loudly expressed their opposition to it along with some of their not so righteous flock at that hearing were MIA yesterday.
It's probably because they realize that the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance has momentum, it's the right and morally correct thing to do, and they might be coming to the realization they were played for suckers by the Pastor's Council.
In addition to myself, 77 other multiethnic speakers from our TBLG community and our allies took to the podium in front of our city council members to declare they were in favor of HERO passage 19 were against it including the usual haters like Dave 'Temporary Black Man For Electoral Purposes' Wilson and perennial council gadfly President Joseph Charles.
The local chapters of the
NAACP and the Urban League also announced their support at this council
hearing for the HERO. 84% of the Houston African-American community
supports it. State legislators like Sen. Rodney Ellis, Rep Garnet
Coleman support it. And in my capacity as the head of the Houston chapter of Black Transwomen, Inc., my org supports passage of the HERO
So those ministers who unleashed their faith based bigotry last Wednesday look even more foolish as this effort to pass the HERO moves forward and they realize they are on the wrong side of history.
One of the other interesting and tear jerking moments of the HERO council hearing yesterday is that a Latino and African-American man both came out during their testimony.
The trans community was also there. In addition to myself testifying in front of city council, Nikki Araguz Loyd , Dr Colt Keo-Meier and Amelia Miller also did their part to ensure the 'T' was represented.
Another council meeting is happening today, in which we expect it will be tabled until next week. Amendments are being offered, including to the problematic Section 17 51 (b) I expressed my concerns about in my testimony.
We are one step closer to adding Houston to the long list of cities that protect its citizens from discrimination, and I couldn't be happier as a native Houstonian for that.