Tell us your story

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We know that discrimination is happening in Houston and without the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance there is no local resource to resolve that discrimination short of hiring a lawyer and waiting for a court to rule.

The people most likely to face discrimination are the ones who can least afford the time or money required to take that path. 

Have you suffered discrimination because of your race, age, gender, etc?

Has someone you know and care about been the victim of discrimination? Share your story!

    published Tell us your story in Take Action 2016-11-11 09:14:41 -0800
    commented on Tell us your story 2015-08-22 11:05:15 -0700
    I am an audit manager who works for a firm in the galleria. My employer knows that I am transgender and plan to transition in two years after my daughter graduates. They have asked me to keep a low profile and remain non committal on whether or not I will. Have a job after I transition. Even if hero remains in effect they have less than 50 employees so they are exempt obviously I am doing a good job for them or they wouldn’t have kept me for so long (4 years). I have begun to search for other opportunities in hopes that someone will value my credentials (CPA cfe) and 16 years of public accounting experience and accept me as the transgender woman I am
    commented on Tell us your story 2015-08-21 07:54:24 -0700
    I’m very masculine I always get accussed by people telling me I’m going the wrong bathroom and I am not I always have to correct them. One time I went to the movie with a friend told my friend I needed to go to the bathroom soon as I went into the Women bathroom someone was staring me down that my friend went in behind me to protect me in case I would have been confronted.
    commented on Tell us your story 2015-08-20 22:41:02 -0700
    I’m a transgender man. I have been beaten last year on the street. Before I transitioned,I have had the police called on me for entering a woman’s restroom. I had a woman actually block the restroom door at Ben Taub, and it was ordeal to get around her. I was there for a severe emergency. I had an emergency room doctor at St. Joseph’s, after I started to grow a beard, refuse to come closer than 5’ away from me during a visit regarding my genital area. I pass as a man fully now, so much so that a doctor I recently saw had no idea I was a genetic female. But there is still fear. There is still fear that because my name and sex isn’t changed that I will face issues. I still face harassment because I pass so well. When I have to show my ID, I have some that aren’t so nice or accepting and those issues are real for us all. I am scared that my transgender girlfriend might one day have to deal with the police. Houston needs everyone protected and this umbrella ordinance does just that.
    commented on Tell us your story 2015-08-20 05:08:50 -0700
    My best friend Jessica Rocha

    identifies as a transwoman, (male to female). Although her birth name is Jimmy Rocha, she hasn’t really ever had any problems with people calling her by Jessica until she started working with a certain company that contracts with the Reliant Arena for cleaning services. The supervisor at this particular jobsite refused to call her Jessica and didn’t use the correct pronouns when addressing her, even after Jessica politely asked her to. This was very rude to Jessica and I took offense to it as her best friend. Jessics ended up getting transferred to another jobsite upon request and the supervisor still works there. I feel like this was discrimination and just plain rude and borderline hateful. Anyone who knows about transgendered people knows the importance of using correct pronouns.