For the past year, Houston has been embroiled in a debate over the ordinance. HERO, which passed in May, bans discrimination on the basis of characteristics like sex, race, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Opponents of HERO have since fought to put the measure up for a public repeal vote, baselessly claiming that the law would allow male sexual predators to sneak into women’s restrooms by pretending to be transgender. Experts in states and cities that have similar laws on the books have debunked this horror story, calling it “beyond specious.”
This idea that there are rafts of sexual predators out there whose one adherence to social convention was that they obeyed the signs on the bathroom doors is the most ridiculous thing in the world. “Yeah, I rape 7-year-olds, but I would NEVER go into a bathroom that deviated from my birth gender unless Houston passes a law that says I could!” They’ve been hanging out, these perverts, just WAITING for this law to pass, and now it’s a free for all.