Houston Clergy Want Mayor Annise Parker to Rescind Sweeping Anti-Discrimination Order

A coalition of clergy in Houston are pressuring Annise Parker to rescind the recent sweeping anti-discrimination order she issued which offered protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Parker  What are the clergy so worried about? The bathrooms.

"The latter order (gender identity), as it specifically states, covers hiring, contracting and/or access to City facilities and programs/activities.

And this, Houston clergymen say, will open women’s restrooms to men, among other results.

'Forcing women in particular using city facilities to be subjected to cross-dressing men invading their privacy is beyond the pale and offensive to every standard of decency,' said Pastor Steve Riggle, senior pastor of Grace Community Church and an Executive Committee member of the Houston Area Pastor Council (HAPC).

'This is not only morally wrong it exposes the city and therefore the taxpayers to endless litigation and expenses,' added Pastor Hernan Castano, senior pastor of Iglesia Rios de Aceite and a member of the HAPC Executive Committee. 'It is irresponsible and indefensible.'

Notably, however, supporters of the executive order are insisting that it remains unlawful for men to go into the women’s restroom."


  1. Mike says

    Ugh, are these people idiots! We’re not talking about cross-dressing, this isn’t to protect fetishes. If someone has a gender issue and goes into a opposite sex restroom that is part of their transitional therapy, and is a medical issue.

  2. el kabong says

    Where is this supposed roving hoard of cross-dressing males that are going to be invading woman in their stalls while they’re trying to balance themselves so they don’t touch the toilet seat?

    I understand that they will all soon be descending on Houston like a priest at a School for the Deaf, but where are they now?

  3. Rin says

    Okay, I’ll be honest. I personally hate sharing public bathrooms with anyone. I don’t like it. Nope. Nope. Any law that changes toilet facilities is A-okay in my book.

    Transgendered should have their own bathrooms just as nursing mothers have their own. Nothing wrong with extra bathrooms.

  4. MrRoboto says

    Ugh! This crap drives me insane. I wish, since advocacy ads are allowed by virtually anyone thanks to the Supreme Court, that someone in Houston would blanket Houston airwaves with an ad that says: “These people are LIARS!!! They claim that a new order protecting others from job and other discrimination will result in women being forced to go to the bathroom with cross-dressing men. Any number of non-paleolithic cities across the U.S. have similar non-discrimination orders and not one of them is bogged down in lawsuits from cross-dressers demanding to use bathrooms. These people are lying to you to scare because they believe you are DUMB. Do you want to prove them right?”

  5. Chantz says

    This is almost exactly what we are dealing with in Missoula Montana right now. A group of religous bigots have started notinmybathroom.com to fight our new anti-discrimination ordinance to be voted on Monday. Luckily some non-whacko religious groups have started a “flush the fear” campaign and we can only hope to see victory come Monday.

  6. says

    Jeez, we had co-ed bathrooms with stalls, open urinals and single-occupancy SHOWERS back in the dorms in college, and that was in the mid-80s. And those bathrooms had been co-ed for at least a decade, maybe more. If 18 year olds could handle the privacy considerations like mature adults 25+ years ago, I think the rest of the country can somehow get over it.

  7. ravewulf says

    “will open women’s restrooms to men, among other results”

    Why do you need to worry about this, Pastor Riggle? Do YOU have any men that would abuse it to this extent in your church?

    I didn’t think so.

  8. Lee chevalier says

    HAPC is not mainstream, it’s a coalition of sideshow ‘pastors’ led by some few with actual congregations, the majority are bizarre to sad barrio wannabees, sharing the publicity. Houston’s just fine, thanks, c’mon down to a truly gay and proud city.

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