#BeyBeAHero: Houston’s LGBT Community Begs Beyoncé For Help Protecting HERO Bill
Beyoncé has been quite vocal regarding her support of the LGBTQ community over the years. And now, the singer has been provided with the opportunity to put some action behind those words.
According to NBC News, Houston’s HERO bill, which protects LGBTQ people from housing, employment and other forms of discrimination, may soon be voted down. HERO was passed in 2014 by Houston’s City Council; however, opponents of LGBTQ rights have been hard at work trying to repeal the bill. Last month, the Supreme Court handed down a judgement that left HERO supporters with two options:
1. Repeal the ordinance
2: Place it on the ballot, leaving its fate up to voters.
Wednesday, Houston’s City Council decided on the second option, which is where Beyoncé comes in. Carlos Maza, the LGBT Program Director of Media Matters, penned an appeal titled “With One Post, Beyoncé Could Stop Anti-Gay Discrimination In Her Hometown,” aimed at “Superpower” singer urging her to endorse the bill to her 42.2 million followers on Instagram.
“It really does protect all kinds of people from ugly discrimination. Bills like HERO should be happening at the federal level too,” said Maza. “It’s the first really big equality fight after marriage and it is showing everyone across the nation that there’s more work to be done.”
For Maza and many other LGBTQ advocates, Beyoncé is the perfect celebrity to advocate for the bill. For one, she’s from Houston. Secondly, she’s a longtime support of LGBTQ rights. The suggestion has since inspired the #BeyBeAHero hashtag, which advocates are using to encourage the singer to step up to the plate.
So far, Beyoncé has not commented on the social media campaign.