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Houston Texan’s Owner Bob McNair Withdraws Support for Anti-Hero Campaign! Demands Return Of Contribution!

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair
Houston Texans owner Robert McNair

(Houston, TX) (AboutNEWS) The owner of the Houston Texan’s just released the following statement to About Magazine

“I recently made a personal contribution to Campaign for Houston because my thorough review of the HERO ordinance led me to believe that a thoughtful rewrite would provide a better ordinance that would provide strong non-discrimination protections for all Houstonians, which I would support, and would be less divisive of our city.”

“It was on these principles that I made my personal contribution to Campaign for Houston.  To my great dismay, Campaign for Houston made numerous unauthorized statements about my opposition to HERO in print, broadcast and social media – including attributing certain statements of belief to me.  Their actions and statements were never discussed with nor approved by me. Therefore I instructed the Campaign to return my contribution.”

“I do not believe in or tolerate personal or professional discrimination of any kind.  I also believe that we Houstonians should have an ordinance that unites our community and provides a bold statement of non-discrimination.  I encourage all Houstonians to vote on November 3.”

Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work together to change a small portion of events, and in the total of those acts will be written the history of our generation.”

Robert C. McNair

October 23, 2015

Annise Parker Named Democratic National Chair Of LGBT Advisory Board

Annise Parker About Magazine

Annise Parker, former out Mayor of Houston has been named the chair of a new LGBT advisory panel for national Democrats.

The Democratic National Committee announced Friday Parker as one of two co-chairs of its LGBT Advisory Board.

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, whose tenure as mayor and concluded this month, and HIV/AIDS activist Rev. José M. Román, who worked in numerous aid agencies in New York City during the AIDS crisis, were named as co-chairs to the board, which was launched late last year. –

 

 

 

Fran Watson Officially On Ballot

Fran Watson Texas State Senate

Fran Watson is officially on the ballot for the Texas State Senate.

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) — Fran Watson is officially on the ballot as a Primary Candidate for Texas State Senate, District 17, which covers parts of Harris, Fort Bend, and Brazoria Counties.

On Tuesday, November 21st, Fran traveled to the Texas Democratic Party headquarters in Austin to file her application to be placed on the 2018 Primary Election Ballot.  After a review of the document, the application was accepted by party officials.

“The Fran Watson for Texas campaign is officially underway.  I would like to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me following my announcement to run for State Senate. The excitement and momentum are there and we are ready to work on building a state government puts the People First.”

An attorney and community activist and advocate, Fran believes in People First, which means that everyone, regardless of look or circumstance deserves equal access to the opportunity to succeed in the State of Texas.  This belief is a driving force for Fran’s public service, including her run for Texas Senate.

“The people of District 17 deserve a Senator who will work to break down barriers instead of creating them. I am ready to work on people-centered solutions that elevate the quality of life for all Texans.”

The Primary Election in Texas is March 6, 2018.  The General Election is November 6, 2018.

You can visit her website here.

Candidate John C.B. LaRue

John LaRue Houston about magazine

In the upcoming Houston City Council At-Large, Position 3 race, voters looking for a progressive candidate who has a strong voice for our LGBT community need to look no further than my friend, John C.B. LaRue. I’ve known John for several years, having met him while we were both studying at South Texas College of Law. Since graduation, John lived in Washington, DC for two years working as a lobbyist in the field of historic preservation. Knowing how dedicated John is to his work, I asked him to join my practice, The Verde Law Firm PLLC, last year. He currently leads the family law section of the firm.

Over the course of the fight over HERO, John has proven to be the only candidate in the At-Large 3 race to testify in favor of the ordinance in front of City Council. In fact, John testified not once, but twice, in favor of HERO. I was also proud to represent John and his now-husband, Hunter Middleton, when we filed suit against Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart for his failure to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On June 26, 2015, after the Supreme Court issued their decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, John and Hunter went to the county courthouse to obtain a marriage license.johnFB_Pic Candidate John C.B. LaRue Mr. Stanart denied them the license, saying he lacked the proper forms. I spent the day at the courthouse with them, filing the suit to compel Stanart to issue licenses. By the end of the day, thanks to our efforts and the efforts of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, among others, Mr. Stanart started issuing licenses. John and Hunter were the first to receive one.

John’s platform on other issues also stands out. He knows, as any of us who drive or bike in Houston, that we have to fix our streets and sidewalks which are in an inexcusable state of disrepair. Always the pragmatist, John recognizes that we cannot balance our books while we have the so-called “revenue cap” in place. The owner of a rescue animal, John supports moving Houston to becoming a “No Kill” city. Most importantly, John will go into City Council without being part of the entrenched political system that only serves as a voice for insiders and the political establishment. I firmly believe that he is the most qualified person running in this race—he has experience in the legal system, the political system, and has lived Houston for almost 10 years in total. I am proud to call John my friend and I will be even prouder to call him our next At-Large member of the Houston City Council.

Vote for John C.B. LaRue for Houston City Council At-Large Position 3 on November 3, 2015.