Proposition 1, also known as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), will be decided on by Houston voters on Nov. 3. An anti-transgender cartoon (video below) against Prop. 1 was released on Oct. 19.
The cartoon, titled "Protect Freedom, Preserve Safety," was sponsored by the Christian-based Liberty Institute and CitizenLink, the political arm of the Christian ministry Focus on the Family. The cartoon shows a transgender man changing in a women's locker room, scaring ladies.
The Texas Values website stated on Sept. 15: "The ordinance will allow men access to women’s bathrooms, shower rooms, and locker rooms (any 'place of public accommodation'). The proposed ordinance requires Houston businesses to make all women’s bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms available to all who are dressed in female attire, without regard to biological sex. This will place women and children at risk."
However, MediaMatters.org contacted three cities in Texas that previously passed similar ordinances - Austin (2004), Dallas (2002) and El Paso (2003) - and none have seen sex crimes caused by their ordinances.
Ballotpedia notes that Prop. 1 will appear on the ballot as: "Are you in favor of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Ord. No. 2014-530, which prohibits discrimination in city employment and city services, city contracts, public accommodations, private employment, and housing based on an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or pregnancy?"