HOUSTON, TEXAS – Houston is the only major city in Texas without a city-wide ordinance protecting gay and transgender folks from discrimination something our openly gay mayor wants to change.
Monday afternoon inside City Hall, Mayor Parker released a draft of her equal rights ordinance.
Under Parker’s proposed ordinance, any business in Houston that discriminates against people for being gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender, could face a Class-C misdemeanor punishable by fines.
In Houston, LGBT city workers are protected against discrimination, and it’s banned among contractors but it’s not a citywide protection yet.
Other cities in the state like Austin, Dallas, El Paso, fort worth and San Antonio all have some form of ordinance banning anti-LGBTt discrimination citywide.
H-town is known as one of the most diverse cities in the nation, so fighting to keep things fair seems like a step in the right direction.
Only time will tell how this colorful issue plays out.