Mike Webb • Native Houstonian
Although Mike Webb left his hometown of Houston for a few years as he attended college and pursued a job opportunity, he always knew that he’d someday return home. “Houston is where my roots are,” he said.
“There is so much happening here – it’s an exciting place to be,” Mike said. “Houston has incredible opportunity in terms of jobs, incredible diversity – there’s nowhere else I would rather be.
Mike knows that this opportunity and diversity is absolutely central to Houston’s identity – and that’s why he’s speaking out in support of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, which protects all Houstonians from discrimination in housing, employment, and public places.
“The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance reflects what Houston already is as a city, and it makes it official: If you want to be in Houston, you’re welcome here,” Mike said, explaining that he’s looking forward to voting YES on Proposition 1 on November 3.
Last year, as City Council debated the ordinance, Mike attended the hearing to witness this important step forward for Houston. He didn’t plan to speak, but as he watched the debate, he felt compelled to testify in support.
“I’ve always been lucky,” Mike said, “As a black man and as a gay man I have not faced discrimination. Where I work, I know they wouldn’t fire me for who I am. But I also know that not everyone is that fortunate.”
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance would ensure that no one would be fired for reasons that have nothing to do with how well they do their job – and if they are treated unfairly, they’d have a local tool to help resolve problems. The ordinance protects against discrimination based on race, gender, age, pregnancy, religion military status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, disability and more.
Mike believes that if you work hard and play by the rules, you should have the same chances as everyone else, without fear of being fired, getting kicked out of your house, or being refused service at a business, just because of who you are, your religion, or the color of your skin. “Everyone should have that security – that opportunity,” Mike said.
Mike’s faith has also guided him in his support for protecting all Houstonians from discrimination. Raised as a missionary Baptist, his Christianity has always been central to the way he lives his life and treats others.
“To me, God is about love. It’s about love for other people,” he said.
His faith has helped him to follow the most basic of values – the “Golden rule,” which says that we should treat others as we wish to be treated.
Mike’s faith and his experience as a Houstonian have led him to supporting Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance – and now he knows how vital it is for Houstonians across the city to speak out in support as well.
“Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance is for all of us…that’s what I’ve been telling people,” Mike said, “People understand that. We are all better off when we’re all protected from discrimination – when we all have a chance.”