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The so-called HERO measure on the November ballot is designed to protect people against discrimination in employment, housing and other sectors. HERO protects gay and transgender people but also bans discrimination based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy and genetic information. It also bans discrimination based on family, marital or military status. Woodfill and friends focus on the bathroom menace because they calculate that it borders on legitimate concerns about sexual predators and thus will spill over.
“Nothing in the equal rights ordinance changes the fact that it is – and always will be – illegal to enter a restroom to harm or harass other people,” Richard Carlbom with the pro-ordinance Houston Unites campaign told the Chronicle.