Actress Sally Field supporting HERO

- Academy Award-winning Sally Field is scheduled to be in Houston on Thursday, but it will not be to promote a film project or a television show. She will join State Senator Sylvia Garcia, Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen and other Houston-area civic leaders for a news conference related to the controversial Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, also known as HERO.

Houston Unites, the organization leading the campaign to encourage win a “YES” vote on Proposition 1, HERO, will be joined by the Human Rights Campaign during the news conference at the Alley Theater in downtown Houston at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The Human Rights Campaign is the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization in the U.S.

Houston Unites released the following statement on Tuesday:

With less than a week until Election Day, the event will highlight the importance of HERO to women and how women all across Houston – and from every walk of life – are leading the fight for Proposition 1 to ensure they get a fair shot at success. One in every five complaints filed under HERO were related to pregnancy or gender discrimination and the equal rights ordinance is a necessary and important tool to fight back against the discrimination that many women face in their daily lives. HERO protects Houstonians from discrimination in housing, employment and public spaces across 15 classes, including race, gender, military status, sexual orientation and gender identity. If the equal rights ordinance is repealed, Houston would be the largest city in the U.S. without a local ordinance for dealing with discrimination claims.

The news conference will also include appearances by Houston Independent School District president Juliet Stipeche and former Houston Council Member Anne Clutterbuck.

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