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Wake Up And Smell The Political Coffee LGBT Texas

Wake Up And Smell The Political Coffee LGBT Texas

 A Political Storm Is Brewing Across The Country And People Need To Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

 

FORT LAUDERDALE ( Opinion) Oct. 4 —The LBGTQ+ communities have come a long way and have met many of our goals that were established for ourselves; marriage equality, better job opportunities, better acceptance in society to mention a few, but.

There is a big ‘but’; there are many more things to accomplish and we as a community must continue our fight to hold on the rights we have earned.

There’s no way to sugar-coat this: I’m mad as hell — and I know you are, too.” Gregory T. Angelo, president of Log Cabin Republicans said. “The Republican Party has passed the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party’s 162-year history. Opposition to marriage equality, nonsense about bathrooms, and an endorsement of the debunked psychological practice of “pray the gay away.” 

“This isn’t my GOP, and I know it’s not yours either. Heck, it’s not even Donald Trump’s! When given a chance to follow the lead of our presumptive presidential nominee and reach out to the LGBT community in the wake of the awful terrorist massacre in Orlando on the gay nightclub Pulse, the Platform Committee said NO.”

It seems it gets worse. In their first term of office our next president will likely nominate three Supreme Court Justices. If we ignore our civic duty of voting for a Progressive candidate, like Senator Hillary Clinton, who truly supports the LBGTQ+ community, our government could easily reverse all the gains we have achieved.

I believe electing Senator Clinton and securing a majority of Democratic Senators will assure our country of a Supreme Court that will continue to recognize our community.

Senator Clinton has her assumed issues, but it comes down to her or Donald Trump.

Boys and girls Wake up and Smell the Coffee; it is critical that you and your peers register and vote in the upcoming presidential and congressional elections. Vote for the individuals and party that has and will continue to support you.

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?’

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

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.