GLAAD responds to Houston Equal Rights Ordinance vote

GLAAD today responded to news that the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which once protected millions of Houstonians from discrimination, was repealed through a voter referendum.

Said GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis: 

This loss is a wake up call that despite remarkable progress for LGBT equality, we must never become complacent in the face of injustice. The vote in Houston shows that LGBT Americans still have a long way to go to secure basic protections and enjoy the same acceptance that others take for granted. The ugly fear-mongering that led to this result does not represent the values of most Americans who believe firmly in fairness.

HERO was originally passed by the Houston City Council in 2014 and protected Houstonians from discrimination on the basis of 15 characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.