In April of 2014, the City of Houston passed a rocking anti-discrimination ordinance, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, known as HERO, that prevents discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations. Unfortunately, it brought the bigots out and Houston has been embroiled in a legal battle over the ordinance for the past 15 months. A recent Texas Supreme Court decision is probably forcing the measure back on the ballot - a ballot that will have no other issues on it and which is expected to draw very low voter turn-out but for the varsity-league bigots who oppose HERO. The election is also expected to be the center of a huge, dishonest smear campaign against the City's LGBT community. Houston activists have been very discouraged.
A recent social media campaign, the brainchild of young, progressive millennials, encourages one of Houston's very most famous citizens to help! Beyonce is from Houston and our youth are calling on her to bring attention to this important issue in her hometown and convince voters to get to the polls to vote for HERO in November. Please share and help spread the word! #BeyBeAHERO