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Did The Houston Texans Owner Violate NFL Discrimination Policy By Supporting Anti-HERO Ordinance

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair
Houston Texans owner Robert McNair

“It is the policy of the National Football League to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.”


(HOUSTON, TX) Houston Texans’ owner, and devoted christian Robert McNair has joined the ranks of Lance Berkman, donating $10,000.00 to the Anti-Houston HERO campaign. [Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance] on the heels of going to the polls. But; does this donation violate the NFL’s policy on discrimination?

Campaign for Houston spokesman Jared Woodfill said the donation “was very exciting for us.” Relating to McNair’s check earlier this week.

(Update) Robert McNair has released the following statement.

“Houston is a city known for the diversity and exceptionalism of its hard working people. We are also a city that works to ensure that everyone is treated respectfully and fairly.” McNair stated in a statement released through the Houston Texans.

“I strongly believe that everyone who lives or works in or visits Houston should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Because of the way the HERO ordinance is written, it has begun to separate rather than unite our community. This problem can be solved by defeating the current bill in November, thoughtfully rewriting it and then resubmitting it to the voter,” McNair said.

“Bob and Janice have always taken their roles as Christian stewards very seriously” a sentence from the McNair Foundation website reads. Mr. McNair is a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award.- The nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency.

It’s not the first time the Houston Texans’ have been accused of discrimination. The Texan’s were scorned by the NFL over their refusal to select Michael Sam in the first overall draft pick.

“Coaches, General Managers and others responsible for interviewing and hiring draft-eligible players and free agents must not seek information concerning or make personnel decisions based on a player’s sexual orientation”- a memo issued by the NFL.

This includes asking questions during an interview that suggest that the player’s sexual orientation will be a factor in the decision to draft or sign him. Stated an internal memo from the NFL relating to the leagues sexual orientation anti-discrimination and harassment policy guidelines. All factors that would be covered in HERO.

The anti-HERO campaign is currently targeting women in first radio ads where speakers rail against anti-discrimination law that is on the November ballot. Most critics of the law, largely Christian conservatives, object to the non-discrimination protections it extends to gay and transgender residents — one of the 13 other protected groups.

Mayor Annise Parker, has warned that repealing the law could damage the city’s economy and could jeopardize high-profile events such as Houston’s 2017 Super Bowl.

“The HERO supporters have tried to scare people into believing that we would lose the Super Bowl,” Woodfill said. “Obviously, if there were any truth behind that, Bob McNair wouldn’t’ be donating to the folks that are opposed to the ordinance.”

Houston Lifestyles Magazine once wrote that Houston was truly blessed to have the McNair family relating to an article of the giving nature of the McNair family. “Robert and Janice McNair are very giving and sincerely care about their fellowman,” the article rattles. “The McNairs are a true class act, a witness for their Christian faith, and true leaders in every sense of the word.” But is supporting a cause against protecting thirteen different classes from discrimination really caring about the ‘fellowman?’

John Oliver Asked Every Presidential Candidate If They’d Pass an LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law

John Oliver Asked Every Presidential Candidate If They’d Pass an LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law

The fight for gay rights is only just heating up.

June’s Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality was merely a battle, not the war. The current GOP primary battle royale is a constant reminder. The moment the gavel dropped, Republicans lashed out at the SCOTUS ruling. Stubborn county clerks in several states refused to hand out same-sex marriage licenses, legal consequences be damned. And young conservatives begged the country to respect their beliefs. According to an ardent few, judging homophobic people was persecution, too.

Just this weekend, actress Ellen Page stopped by the Iowa State Fair to put Republican candidate Ted Cruz on the spot about LGBT discrimination. Cruz cited a classic example: if a flower shop doesn’t want to serve gay customers it shouldn’t have to. Page vehemently disagreed. But the politician stuck to his spiel, confident that he’d debated her out of the ring. Onlookers felt otherwise, including John Oliver, who dedicated Sunday’s Last Week Tonight to the ongoing perils of being gay in America. Oliver runs down several cases of discrimination that look baffling in a vacuum, but under Cruz’s own logic, would fly in the president hopeful’s version of the county. In the end of the segment, the comedian reports that, when asked if they’d pass an LGBT anti-discrimination bill when they stepped into office, only four presidential nominees even bothered to return his phone calls. One was Rand Paul, who responded to Oliver’s inquiry with “We’ll pass. Thanks.”

Watch the segment and remember: the fight ain’t over.

Straight White Man Says He’s The Victim Of A Hate Crime


Straight White Man Says He’s The Victim Of A Hate Crime

Tim Querengesser was peacefully minding his own business, meditating in his local park, when he says a rock “the size of an apple” went flying past his head. “When it landed with a crack, a woman near me in the park screamed,” he writes in a new op-ed published in Toronto’s Metro News.  “A girl, no older than three, playing about 10 feet from where the rock came to rest, just stared, confused.

Querengesser turned around to see who had thrown the rock. That’s when he saw the man he had been talking to not five minutes earlier. “I had never met this guy,” Querengesser claims. “I was sitting on a park bench when he approached.”

“You know, you fags can’t take over this park,” the man allegedly said.

“He walked away, muttering things about ‘fags,’” Querengesser recalls. “Believing he was gone, I resumed meditating. Then, the rock.”

Querengesser wasted no time calling police. But by the time they arrived, the man was gone. Officers proceeded to ask Querengesser a series of questions about the incident:

“I hate to ask you this, but, are you gay?”

Most of me wanted to rage at the question.

“No,” I said.

“Well, if you were, I’d be investigating the guy for a hate crime.”

I nearly lost it, but said nothing.

Querengesser is upset because, as he puts it, “a man had targeted me, believing I was gay. Had the big, heavy rock connected, my brain would have been damaged.”

“Because I’m not gay, however, to the cop this man wasn’t a potential hate criminal but just an annoying hooligan.”

Querengesser, furious that “cop’s suggestion that I needed to be gay for there to be a crime made,” went home and did some research on what constitutes a hate crime in Canada. From a report by the Department of Justice, he learned that the definition of a hate crime varies from place to place, and that most victims of hate crimes are ethnic minorities.

“The justice report notes most victims of hate crimes are ‘not comfortable approaching the police,’” Querengesser notes. “I felt no discomfort with approaching the police.”

Querengesser acknowledges that this could be a result of the privilege he enjoys as a heterosexual, white male, but he’s still upset about it all.

“Another hate crime went unpunished,” he concludes. “One can only imagine how victimizing that police indifference or ignorance would have been for someone who was targeted for who they really are.”

Trans teen Jazz Jennings targeted by hate group

Jazz Jennings

Trans teen Jazz Jennings targeted by hate group

The group have a major problem with Jazz Jennings and her attempts to “normalise the transgender lifestyle.”

One Million Moms – the right-wing protest group – have attacked a reality show featuring trans teenager Jazz Jennings, reports The Advocate.

The group – which does not have one million members (false advertising, anybody?) – claim that the TLC show ‘I am Jazz’ is “attempting to normalise the transgender lifestyle and make it appear OK while using a young cast member to lure a young audience.”

While many support the idea of helping the young trans community feel “normal”, One Million Moms clearly do not.

The comments were made in a post on the group’s website.

It also claims TLC “is attempting to desensitise America’s youth,” before attacking Jazz’s parents for supporting her transition “instead of giving guidance to the confused child.”

The group also urges its supporters to contact Revlon, which advertises on the show, and demand that the company end its sponsorship.

Jazz, now 14, has identified as female since her early childhood.

The teen – who has racked up millions of views for video I Am Jazz on YouTube – also heads a skincare campaign for Clean & Clear that celebrates diversity.

Nancy Daniels of TLC said: “Jazz’s story is universal, yet unique, and we’re proud to partner with her family to share it with TLC’s audience.

“Jazz may be known as an author and activist, but she’s first and foremost a teenage girl with a big, brave heart, living a remarkable life.”

The designated hate group have a long history of attacking LGBT public figures and their allies.

In 2013, the adamantly homophobic group took aim at US department store JC Penney, and their spokesperson, Ellen Degeneres, due to an ad featuring the openly gay TV presenter – and three elves.