Using the seal of Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick is spreading evil lies targeting transgender people, lies which kill. Patrick is villainizing the Texas trans community asking people to vote against Houston’s non-discrimination ordinance or HERO on November 4th.
Lie 1. Patrick said the ordinance isn’t about equality.
HERO would offer for the first time in Houstons history protections to minorities on the local level.
HERO Prohibits Discrimination On The Basis Of Fifteen Characteristics, Including Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity. HERO prohibits discrimination in areas like employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of 15 characteristics including race, sex, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. [Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, 5/14/14]
Lie 2. Patrick said the law would allow men into the locker room.
Houston’s police chief went on record saying, HERO, does not change the laws. What was illegal before, remains illegal after HERO is passed.
Lie 3. Patrick said that the law would allow men (meaning trans people) to prey on woman and children.
On October 15th, Media Matter published after contacting police, mayors and civilian crisis centers in El Paso, Dallas and Austin finding that:
A. The local authorities said that they haven’t received complaints either in civil law or criminal courts that indicate an uptick of sexual predatory crimes in public accommodations since enactment of nondiscrimination laws in any of their cities.
B. Local authorities and crisis centers also reported that there hasn’t been a single reported case of an individual acting improperly in the woman’s room whether they claimed falsely, or correctly, to be transgender.
Incredibly this is only one prong of a multi-front attack on Texas transgender people. The Texas Observer has noted that the administration is waging war against transgender students as well.