The City of Houston’s proposed Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, was soundly defeated at the ballot box this week. HERO, meant to be an all-encompassing prohibition against discrimination, commonly became known as the “bathroom bill” because, as the New York Times wrote in its endorsement, “Houston’s ordinance would allow transgender people to use public restrooms consistent with their gender identity,” adding, “This is a fundamental right that does nothing to endanger others.”
Danger or not, the people voted no, which of course was attributed to their irrational fear of trans people.
— Texan 4 Liberty (@Tex_4_Lib) November 5, 2015
Mayor Annise Parker herself corrected that voter, clarifying that she had called those who had opposed HERO transphobes.
No, actually I called you transphobes, but if the shoe fits…-A https://t.co/UwCnDZhu2H
— Annise Parker (@AnniseParker) November 5, 2015
That bit of personal constituent outreach was a hit with some.
@AnniseParker You…have won Twitter today. Slow claps.
— Matt Lindner (@mattlindner) November 5, 2015
@AnniseParker Moments like these, I want to scream "Shes OUR Mayor!!!" Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Ducks (@momduckie) November 5, 2015
— Justin Galloway (@JustinBGalloway) November 6, 2015
@AnniseParker i think I just went for a SLAY ride.
— Eric Patton (@mistereap) November 6, 2015
@AnniseParker you're my spirit animal
— STEPHANIE GONZALEZ (@megustapintarsi) November 6, 2015
Others weren’t impressed by the mayor’s tweet of defeat.
@AnniseParker Name-calling. Very classy, Mayor. And most of us aren't phobic…we are neither fearful or uninformed. We simply disagree.
— Sarah Jane (@chsj135) November 5, 2015
@AnniseParker ad hominems aren't the shoes you ought to be selling, Ms. Mayor
— Lane Cooper (@LaneJCooper) November 5, 2015
— Brad Slager (@MartiniShark) November 5, 2015
— Christophe Hebdo (@Chris_Clukey) November 5, 2015
@AnniseParker throwing slurs and labels @ those that actually saw the problem w/ poorly crafted Ordinance and voted against it is not good
— Michelle Belanger (@mbelanger227) November 5, 2015
— Chris (@CoachV79) November 5, 2015
— Helen Wheels (@txtiger1) November 5, 2015