Incident at The Gaslamp Explains Why Houston Needs an Equal Rights Ordinance

September 14, 2015

Anna Núñez | | (713) 325-7010

HOUSTON – Three African-American attorneys claim The Gaslamp nightclub racially discriminated against them last Friday by charging them a $20 cover charge. White patrons, they claim, weren’t charged a cover fee. On Sunday, Brandon Ball, one of the attorneys, detailed the entire experience on a Facebook post.

“The incident at the Gaslamp is a perfect example of why Houston needs an Equal Rights Ordinance,” said Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Houston Unites. “The ordinance is a local tool to deal with discrimination that happens here locally – whether based on race, religion, disability, veteran status and more. At its core, the Equal Rights Ordinance is about treating everyone fairly and equally, whether in a public space like a bar, or in employment and housing.”


Houston Unites is the campaign working to win a “YES” vote on Proposition 1, Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, in November. The leading partners include: ACLU of Texas, Equality Texas, Freedom for All Americans, Human Rights Campaign, NAACP Houston Branch and Texas Freedom Network.