Representative Gene Wu and Other Asian American Leaders Support the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO)

October 13, 2015

Contact: Greg Wythe – 832-417-8364

Representative Gene Wu and Other Asian American Leaders
Support the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO)

HOUSTON, TX – On November 3, 2015, voters in the City of Houston will be asked to vote on a referendum that will determine the fate of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). State Representative Gene Wu offered his support today to the proponents of the measure:

“The Asian community and other immigrant communities are often discriminated against because of their race or ethnic background. We want to live in a city that respects us. HERO gives our communities a way to deal with discrimination without having to hire lawyers and file a long and expensive federal lawsuit. This is good for our community, and good for business.”

Representative Wu recently conducted a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the ordinance at the Chinese Community Center on Saturday. Many local Asian-American leaders and organizations came to support the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, including:

State Representative Gene Wu
State Representative Hubert Vo
City Council Member Richard Nguyen
Hon. Gordon Quan
Rogene Gee Calvert
Vinh Ho
Cecil Fong
Nelvin Joseph Adriatico-Thadhani
Houston 80-20 PAC
OCA Greater Houston

HERO specifically protects against discrimination based on sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or pregnancy. Unfortunately, there has been much misinformation spread by opponents of HERO. Rep. Wu says:

“Houston is the last major city in Texas to pass such an ordinance. Opponents say there will be problems with bathrooms. But Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin have all passed similar laws, and there has not been a single issue. If you hear someone talk about bathrooms, they are trying to scare you. If you want to know the truth, read the ordinance.”

State Rep. Gene Wu and other local leaders urge Houston voters to support Prop 1.

The next Town Hall Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 24th at the Baker Ripley Center located at 6500 Rookin beginning at 11am.


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