Transgender Rights Movement Seeks Red-State Ballot Win With Houston ‘Bathroom Bill’

Houston has emerged as ground zero for national gay rights groups seeking a key victory on red state soil as they mobilize behind a sweeping equal rights ballot measure expanding transgender access to public restrooms.

The Human Rights Campaign, Gill Action and the American Unity Fund are among those pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race over Proposition 1, which would position Houston as a national leader on transgender rights by making it illegal to deny entry to public restrooms based on gender identity.

In fact, the HRC describes itself as a founding partner, along with the ACLU of Texas and state gay rights groups, of the campaign in favor of Proposition 1, Houston Unites.

“Make a plan to cast your YES vote in support of Houston’s Proposition 1 — the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance,” the HRC urged on Facebook as early voting began Monday.