Sonia Corrales • Chief Program Officer, Houston Area Women’s Center
Like other Houstonians, Sonia loves our city, and she believes that the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance makes it even better. The ordinance, she explained, “provides important protections that ensure that no one is fired, denied housing, or refused service at a business simply because of who they are.”
Sonia pointed out that Houston followed the lead of other cities throughout the country and “…passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which protects everyone from discrimination, regardless of who they are or where they are from.”
The Houston Area Women’s Center’s mission is to help individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward. Because of that background, Sonia is disappointed that opponents of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance are taking advantage of people’s lack of familiarity with transgender people to try and frighten them about the ordinance’s impact. .
Opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance“…are using the fear of sexual assault as a weapon in their efforts,” Sonia said. “And that’s wrong. I’ve worked my entire career to protect women and to support those who have experienced violence. Sexual assault is a terrible crime that affects people in every community. It’s real; it’s scary; and it has absolutely nothing to do with our city’s equal rights ordinance.”
Sonia said the Houston she knows and loves is about making sure that all people “have the opportunity to earn a living, to provide for themselves and their families, to meet their obligations, and to build a better life.
That’s why she is asking her fellow Houstonians to join her in voting YES on Proposition 1 on Election Day and vote for a city that welcomes all hardworking people.