THURSDAY: Two-Time Academy Award Winner Sally Field Joins Houston Civic Leaders Supporting HERO

Press conference will highlight importance of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance to women and how women all across Houston – and from every walk of life – are leading the fight for Proposition 1 to ensure they get a fair shot at success.

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
October 27, 2015

CONTACT:
Houston Unites: Anna Núñez | anna@houstonunites.org | 713-857-9160 cell | 713-325-7010 office
Human Rights Campaign: Stephen Peters | stephen.peters@hrc.org | 703-309-7874 cell

HOUSTON – Houston Unites, the campaign working to win a “YES” vote on Proposition 1 – the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) – and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will hold a press conference this Thursday, October 29 at 8:30 a.m., in Houston at the Alley Theater. The event will include two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field, Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia and other Houston-area civic leaders.

With less than a week until Election Day, the event will highlight the importance of HERO to women and how women all across Houston – and from every walk of life – are leading the fight for Proposition 1 to ensure they get a fair shot at success. One in every five complaints filed under HERO were related to pregnancy or gender discrimination and the equal rights ordinance is a necessary and important tool to fight back against the discrimination that many women face in their daily lives. HERO protects Houstonians from discrimination in housing, employment and public spaces across 15 classes, including race, gender, military status, sexual orientation and gender identity. If the equal rights ordinance is repealed, Houston would be the largest city in the U.S. without a local ordinance for dealing with discrimination claims.

WHO:
Two-time Academy Award Winner Sally Field
Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia
Houston Independent School District President Juliet Stipeche
Houston Council Member Ellen Cohen
Former Houston Council Member Anne Clutterbuck
Business owner Jenni Tranweaver
Social justice advocate Maria Jimenez
Other Houston-Area Civic Leaders

WHAT:
Press Conference on the Importance of HERO for Houston Women

WHERE:
Alley Theater, 615 Texas Ave, Houston, Texas 77002

WHEN:
Thursday, October 29, at 8:30 a.m. Media should plan to arrive by 8:15 a.m.

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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.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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