Council Member Green: Gaslamp Controversy is Why Houston Needs An Equal Rights Ordinance

Last Friday, three African American attorneys allege The Gaslamp nightclub racially discriminated against them by charging each a $20 cover charge. White patrons, they claim, weren’t charged a cover fee. Afterwards, Brandon Ball, one of the attorneys, detailed the entire experience on a Facebook post.

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Today, Houston City Council Member Larry Green (District K) is speaking out, saying that racial discrimination is undoubtedly still an issue in Houston and the incident at Gaslamp underscores the need for Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance:

“What happened at The Gaslamp club last weekend again brings to light what many of us have known for a long time: racial discrimination is an enduring problem in Houston. Discrimination has no place in America’s fourth largest city – a city that values treating everyone equally and fairly under the law. The incident on Friday is the reason Houstonians deserve a local tool to address discrimination in our community and should vote “YES” on Proposition 1, the Equal Rights Ordinance, which protects all people here from discrimination based on race, gender, disability, pregnancy and more including employment, housing and public spaces like bars.”

Racial discrimination is a sad reality in Houston—and the numbers prove it. When Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance was on the books, 54% of complaints filed were on the basis of race. Now, with no citywide ordinance, Houstonians have no local tool to deal with issues of discrimination and instead must make a costly federal case if they want legal help.

Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance ensures everyone in our city is treated fairly and equally under the law, no matter their race, religion, military status, sexual orientation or gender identity. On November 3rd, vote Yes on Proposition 1 to protect our city’s equal rights ordinance.