Houston, we have an equality problem.
Houston voters, who claimed that Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance would “allow men claiming to be women to enter women’s bathrooms and inflict harm,” repealed the ordinance, also known as Proposition 1, on Nov. 3. The anti-discrimination ordinance would serve to protect the rights of 15 protected classes, among them race, age and disability, but most prominently the LGBT community. The opponents honed in on the latter group and indirectly targeted them in their fight against Prop 1. Instead of taking the time to understand the purpose that the ordinance would serve, the opponents created a salacious video that indirectly portrayed transgender people as sexual predators. It is imperative that we talk about how transgender people are perceived and why such a slanderous video was even allowed to be made.