Dalila Ali Rajah
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Trans Houstonians: 'It's Not About the Bathrooms'


The annulment of HERO — the proposed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which would have protected LGBT people and 13 other minority classes from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations— still stings for the LGBT residents of the nation's fourth-largest city. Many believe HERO was sunk by facetious claims from the opposition that the ordinance would have allowed sexual predators into public restrooms. While there has never been one documented case of a sex offender pretending to be transgender in order to enter a restroom and assault someone, the anti-trans myth persists.

Activist Vito Cammisano, known to some as the on-again, off-again partner of out football player Michael Sam, was inspired to travel to Houston after HERO's defeat. Working with The Montrose Center, the city's LGBT center, Cammisano filmed several trans people speaking about the bathroom argument. The trans men and women share their stories and collectively say that protection from discrimination is imperative and "It's not about the bathrooms." Watch below:

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