In Texas right now there is an ongoing debate about HERO (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance), which seeks to show that Houston finds “all persons living in, working or visiting the City are entitled to be treated with equal dignity and respect and have the right to be free from discriminatory and unequal treatment.”
Seems like a pretty easy and straightforward notion if you ask me, but not all Texans feel that way, including former Astros, Rangers, Cardinals and Yankees slugger, Lance Berkman.
Berkman appeared in a radio advertisement against the ordinance where he says the new law would make bathrooms uncomfortable for his daughters.
My wife and I have four daughters. Proposition 1, the bathroom ordinance, would allow troubled men to enter women’s public bathrooms, showers and locker rooms. This would violate their privacy and put them in harm’s way.
Those, like Berkman, who seek to vote “No” to Proposition 1 are claiming the law would allow “gender-confused men” to use female restrooms and showers. Along with how offensive that wording is to the LGBTG community, let’s once again look at the wording in the law to see what Berkman and the anti-HERO antagonists are up in arms about.
Whereas the City of Houston seeks to provide an environment that is free of any type of discrimination based on sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, martial status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or pregnancy.
Look, the idea of a predatory male gaining admittance to a female locker room in order to assault women when they’re at their most vulnerable is obviously something no one wants. But there’s a large disconnect between “equal rights for transgender people” and “allowing possible rapists to enter female dressing rooms.” They’re not the same thing at all.